The more people are camping with you, the greater the responsibility. You’ll need a bigger campground, more food and more supplies to be able to accommodate everyone. It’s indeed a large feat to organize an outdoor trip for a large group, but with the right techniques, you’ll be able to organize a fun camping experience for each camper!
Let these top 5 tips for camping with a large group:
Decide on the perfect campground
Where you’ll be camping will influence your overall camping experience, especially in terms of comfort. Some important question you have to ask are “Is your group comprised of experienced campers?” and “Do you have children or seniors with you?”
If not everyone is an experienced camper, choosing a private or public campground with amenities (bathroom, water and electricity) is ideal.
Make reservations early
You don’t want to get everyone excited only to find out that the campground you made reservations at cannot accommodate your whole group. It’s important to do a thorough research of your chosen location and make reservations early. Make sure that you be clear with the number of people camping. Also, familiarize yourself with the campsite rules!
Choose an area packed with activities
A great way to give a great outdoor experience to the entire group is to choose a location that offers plenty of activities such as swimming, hiking, fishing, kayaking, bird watching etc. It’s also ideal to prepare other sources of entertainment such as building a campfire, playing games, treasure hunts (for kids) and more!
It’s important that each member of the group carries the weight of responsibility, as camping and the outdoors take a lot of work, especially if you’re in a large group. You can assign groups for specific tasks such as a set up crew, breakfast crew, dinner crew, fire crew, clean up crew etc. If your group is smaller, you can make a schedule and take turns doing the tasks.
Prepare a meal plan
Cooking for a huge crowd is no easy task. It’s ideal to create a meal plan for the whole group for the entire duration of your trip. Go for meals that can be prepared in bulk, such as soups and stews. Buying from the store in bulk would also save you money, so shop wisely before your trip!
Follow these quick tips for camping with a large group and your trip will be a breeze!
Daniel J. Smith is a survival expert. Having lived the outdoor life since he was very young, he loves sharing his expertise about camping, hiking, traveling, RV living and many more. He has also started his own company called OutBright, which will soon be selling products that cater to campers, hikers, travellers and all outdoor-loving adventurers.