Memorial Day is one of those holidays that always take me back to some of the most joyful times of my life. There was nothing better than camping trips to the lake, eating campfire cuisine and roasting marshmallows for smores. Or some years it would be off to a family reunion at in the country eating bbq or fried chicken and potato salad off of paper plates and running around with cousins you see every few years. Good times.
Although we don’t do many family reunions, we have started camping with our kids. Last year we found a spectacular deal on a 5th wheel travel trailer, and it has proven to be a great thing for our family. While we have had our fair share of not so great times in it, the good times far outweigh the bad. Our first Memorial Day weekend in it will always stand out to me. We went to an RV park at our local lake, and it is gorgeous. Let me tell you we were spoiled right from the start.
But the thing I loved the most besides it being five minutes from our house, was the vibe. Everybody out talking to their neighbors, crowds of kids riding around on their bicycles forging new friendships. The hypnotic smells of hamburgers and charcoal wafting through the air. This was the good stuff. Joining so many other people and families that are out enjoying nature, and the company of each other was so good for the soul. I’m also glad my kids got to experience it. They got to be a part of the freedom of parents being able to relax a little and let their kids run and play with other kids being kids. Anytime we go to this park, my kids light up. My son gets to ride his bike around and explore the park; my daughter can walk to the lake and feed the ducks all while I am relaxing in my hot pink camping chair watching them like a hawk.
Memorial Day is the perfect holiday for a camping trip, not too hot but warm enough you can wear shorts or a swimsuit. I personally think the lake is still freezing, but it doesn’t seem to stop my kids from getting in. I would absolutely recommend anyone try RV camping or tent camping at a state park. Some of them even have cabin rentals.
Tips for Smoother Sailing
I also recommend to do your research and prepare before doing any of those things. Here are my helpful tips for surviving a camping trip in a tent, in a trailer or in a cabin:
Know your family. We tend to put high expectations on our family trips. This will not make for a smooth holiday. Because here’s the thing, our people don’t change overnight. During the planning process be sure to research all the different activities offered at the campground and make sure it aligns with your families personality. Be sure you have alternatives for when your kiddos get bored with hanging out with you. And tbh you need will need a break from them too.
Food. For the most part, you will be responsible for preparing your own. Know your limits. You are the one who is hip to what your family likes and what level your culinary skills are. So stick with it what you know. It will take the pressure off you. And you can always build up to a campfire culinary genius level.
And finally just relax and enjoy the moment.
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