As a father of two, I know how tricky it can be to plan a family adventure! The kids are growing up, and making their own friends. But, I certainly believe that making time for the family is crucial. I also know that kids need to spend some time in the Great Outdoors! Getting away from the TV, games consoles, and tablets, helps them see the world from a different angle. They get closer to nature and learn to respect the world around them.
Here in New York City, it’s a short drive up to the New Hampshire forests, Vermont, and Upstate New York. It’s right on our doorstep, and it would be a shame to waste it. Whether it’s camping or just a long day trip to explore, it makes for an amazing weekend, and you really get away from it all. Here’s how I make sure my family gets the best experience in the Great Outdoors.
Where to go? – You’re spoiled for choice when it comes to national parks and natural beauty in America. As I said before, New York is a short drive from New Hampshire and the stunning White Mountain National Forest. Vermont is perhaps a little closer, with its corresponding Green National Forest. If you’re over on the west coast, look no further than Yosemite or Lake Tahoe. Further inland, you’ll find the Rocky Mountains, and all the beautiful scenery that comes with it. If you’re in the north, simply hop across the border into Canada. Here in America, we have the best national parks in the world right on our doorstep. Make the most of it!
Where will you sleep? – Here’s the tricky part. It’s up to you whether you introduce the kids to camping on their first trip. It could get very cold and wet. There will be lots of complaining! I prefer to use a large travel van or RV. It’s an easy, all-in-one solution, so we can travel down, and sleep in the same place. You just roll out the beds, set up in local campsite, but you keep warm too. Ours has a small kitchen so we can make breakfast in the morning, and wake up refreshed.
Food – For us, the best part of camping, or getting into the wilderness, is the food. It’s your chance to set up a barbecue, or light a small fire. You can stock up on meats, fresh bread and marshmallows to roast on the open fire. We sit around, and tell ghost stories. In the morning, you cook a hearty porridge to keep everyone’s energy and spirits up. There’s nothing like good, simple campfire food! It’s also worth taking energy snacks if you’re heading out into the open.
All that’s left to do is pick some amazing activities for you and the family. Whether it’s hiking, fishing, or adventure activities, you’ll love every second of it! Have you got any other tips for getting out in the open with the family? Let me know in the comment section.