Camping Trips With The Family: Having Fun Getting There
Getting there is supposed to be half the fun when it comes to family camping trips right? Unfortunately, things don't always go according to plan. Mom and dad are stressed, kids are fighting, and everyone has to get used to being in close proximity to one another.
While plenty of distractions can be used to get everyone to focus on their own thing and tune out the world, there are also many fun things everyone can do together as well. So, instead of putting on a movie or letting the older kids put on their headphones, consider some of these simple, albeit cheesy alternatives.
We may dread them, mock them or hope that no one is recording, but you have to admit, we tend to get hooked once the singing starts. Whether it's Ninety-nine Bottles of Beer on the Wall or singing some karaoke, a little bit of music can go a long way to provide a welcome distraction to the doldrums of spending long hours on the road. Never underestimate the power of a sing-a-long as well as what they can lead to next.
License Plate Game
Another activity that has been popular since the dawn of family road trips is the license plate game, and you can mix in up a number of ways to make it more fun and meaningful. Try having a contest to see who tallies up the most states, or use a sighting to learn about the geography or history of the state. Silly? Yes, but it's also a great way to get everyone engaged, and it can also help everyone to transition into explorer mode as the miles pass by.
There are a lot of ways that you can get creative with this game while you're in the car. One option is to make a binder that has printouts of different signs, vehicles or sights that the kids can check off as they encounter them. Another possibility is to to play a game of car bingo. Make a bingo cards with squares that have logos or pictures of common makes and models of vehicles. You can also make cards with different types of vehicles as well. Check off the boxes as time progresses, and the first to get bingo wins. The nice thing about these activities is that they can be fun and educational at the same time.
The more flexible you are with your time can allow you to stop and smell the roses as you make your way to the campsite. Remember that this trip is supposed to be a way to enjoy time together and get away from the distractions and hectic pace of life. Why not start off on the right foot and take advantage of little, unexpected opportunities for fun or exploration that pop up along the way? Become more journey oriented instead of destination oriented, and chances are that everyone will be happier down the road.
What other things can you think of that might make getting there just as fun as being there? Try some out for yourself, and see how they can help you to get your next camping trip off to a great start.