Camping remains very popular around the United States. More than 40 million Americans went camping in 2013, according to the 2014 American Camper Report. That is 14% of the population. That same publication has reported that 99% of campers say they will go camping again. Not all of the people who camp stay in tents. About 10% of campers aged 18 and 34 prefer cabin camping. There are cabin camping sites all around the country. If you and your family want to take a camping trip but do not want to stay outside, this may be a good option for you.
9 Tips for a Great Family Cabin Camping Vacation:
- Make sure you understand the reservation policy. Different cabin camping sites have different reservation policies. Some cabin camping sites fill up early so you need to find out how far in advance you need to make your reservations. Ask about the cancellation policy. There are some campgrounds with cabins that do not allow any cancellations. Ask about the deposit policy.
- Pay attention to the weather reports. When you go camping, you probably are not going to want to stay indoors your entire trip. Before you get to the campground, check on the forecast. This will give you an idea of what you are going to want to pack to wear and maybe help you plan the activities you are going to participate in.
- Make sure you ask about what is included in the cabin. Not all cabin camping sites are the same. You can get a cabin that is nothing but a building. There are also cabins on the other side of the spectrum that are completely decked out and very luxurious. This information may be on the campground’s website but you may have to call and ask about it. Do not assume anything. If you do not see an item listed, it probably will not be in the cabin.
- Ask about the cooking situation. Again, not all cabin camping sites have cabins with kitchens. Some cabins have full kitchens with everything you would have in your kitchen at home. Some offer a basic kitchen with just an oven and refrigerator. Some cabins have no kitchen at all. Some cabin camping sites only offer grills or fire pits. You will save yourself a lot of grief if you know how you will prepare your meals.
- Speaking of meals, plan them in advance. This is especially important if you have small children. Plan all three meals for each day but also include some snacks, You can make some of this at home. If you chop your veggies at home, that saves some time. If you are going to be cooking outdoors, you may want to precook some potatoes. Do not cook them all of the way but halfway. Then when you are at the campground, you can wrap them in foil and finish the cooking in the fire.
- Ask about climate control options in the cabin. That may seem odd. Some cabin camping sites offer heating and/or air conditioning. There are many that do not. This makes a big difference if you are camping in a colder time of the year. You need to know what your cabin will have so you can prepare accordingly. You may need to bring sleeping bags.
- What activities does the campground have? Some cabin camping sites offer activities for families staying at the park. Some have educational programs, some offer games and other similar activities and others have sports.
- Plan for bad weather. Plan activities for rain. Whenever you go on a family camping vacation you need to plan for rain and other bad weather. Some cabin camping sites have things for campers to do when the weather gets bad. Call ahead and ask about that.
- Bring sun and bug protection. A great cabin camping trip can be derailed easily by a bad sunburn or a hoard of bugs. Bring some aloe vera, too. You always have to have a plan b for sunburn.
Family camping vacations can be a lot of fun. Implement an electronic device policy. We can all use some time away from our devices and your family vacation is the perfect time to do that.