As the temperature reaches near 95 degrees today, I realize it is a good day to start the Camping Journeys’ blog. For me, it is too hot to camp and no time to travel to a cooler destination. This time also allows me to plan the next camping journey.
Planning is the most essential tool a new camper or an experienced camper needs to have in their backpack. Planning can take time, but also can be a lot of fun! Imagine planning an adventure to a place you have not been to before! Camping Journeys will offer tips, tools, and travel information to help plan your first or next adventure.
It’s a great to camp…or is it? Start by checking your calendar and the weather. Plan ahead as securing a campsite can be a challenge especially during holidays, special events (solar eclipse as an example) and during the summer season. How many days will you have to travel? How many miles do you want to drive to reach the destination? Do you like to plan a recovery day before going back to the real world? What kind of weather works for you? For a two night trip, I generally do not like to travel greater than two or three hours from home. The longer I’m in the car, the less time I have to spend in the woods. For cross country trips, I have traveled 8 or more hours a day to reach the next destination.
Once you have decided the dates you want to camp, begin planning your adventure. Start with a map and identify areas that fit the criteria for the camping journey. Do some research on those areas and determine a couple possible destinations within those areas that peak your interest. Check the weather for those areas. If the dates you want to camp are weeks or months away, look at the historical weather – this will give you an idea of weather for the region. Think about who, if anyone, will be joining you on the camping journey. Make note of any criteria that should be considered as you plan where you will camp. My dogs are always with me on my camping adventures, so ensuring I’m traveling to a pet friendly destination is a must.
Decision time – when and where are you going on your camping journey?
So you’ve decided, what’s next? Planning where to stay can take considerable time depending upon the time of year. I like to make camping reservations months in advance during the peak seasons so that I always have a camping journey location secured as many campgrounds will be full especially on weekends. If you haven’t planned that far out, don’t worry, there are still plenty of options.