When you think about camping, what do you picture? Do you see a tent, or a pop-up camper? Are you boiling spring water, or drinking from the campground water spigot? Camping means different things to different people, from the hardcore, mountaineering types, to the comfort-seeking log cabin dwellers. Use this basic guide to the different levels of family camping to determine which is right for you and your family.
The basic motivation to go camping is to escape modern civilization for a while. So why not do it all the way? You may have to drive a few hours, but there are places in state and national forests where it’s possible to be removed from all signs of humanity. Of course, these types of family camping trips are not for the faint of heart. If you take your family completely off the grid for a few days, you should all be experienced campers. You’ll have to find a water supply or bring your own, and know how to seal and hide your food so as not to attract bears and other animals. You also will want to make sure you have full coverage auto insurance in place in case you need humanity for extra groceries, medical treatment or other unforeseen needs.This kind of camping isn’t easy, but it can be rewarding to the family who enjoys a challenge.
Renting space in a campground is probably the most popular way to camp. The benefit of these sites is that they usually provide running water, a restroom and shower facilities. You’ll also have access to a store that sells firewood, hot dog buns and anything else you may have forgotten. You can tent camp for a more authentic feel, or bring your camper and hook up to the electrical plug located at many camp sites. Campgrounds are a great, controlled way to safely enjoy the recreation of a family camping trip.
While some may not consider staying in a log cabin “camping,” you can find cabins with different levels of modern convenience. Cabins can range from fully furnished, with cable TV and a hot tub, to a small shack with a few bunks inside. The main benefit of sleeping in a cabin is protection from the elements. Since you’re inside, it’s even possible to comfortably camp during the winter.
Whatever camping style your family prefers, make sure your vehicle is covered by auto insurance before heading out on your trip. Whether you need partial or full coverage auto insurance, compare quotes from several providers to determine the best deal.
Photo of Back Country Campground at Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore in Michigan courtesy of National Park Service.
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