Why Camping Trips Make Some Of The Best Family Vacations

I love taking mini-vacations with my family and I’ve shared before about how much we enjoy camping. There’s just something about being in nature, away from most of our technology, that creates the perfect atmosphere for quality family time making great memories together. I wanted to share why I believe that camping trips make some of the best family vacations, whether you visit a campsite across the country or just camp overnight in the next town over.

Camping creates the most uninterrupted family time together. When we are at home we are all going different directions, between work, school, sports and activities. When we are camping though, we spend most of our time together. Camping trips mean your family is with each other from the time you wake up to the time you go to sleep (and even then you stay together sleeping in the same tent or cabin!)

Everyone pitches in and gets the work done on the campsite. Whether it’s pitching the tent, building the campfire, or making dinner, everyone’s help is needed to get the job done. Often at home we don’t spend time doing all of the daily chores together but it’s nice to work as a team to make things run smoothly.

Camping trips are made for relaxing. For the most part, camping is a pretty unscheduled vacation. There are no places you need to be early in the morning and no dinner reservations to keep. Most of the time camping is spent just sitting around the campfire- what could be more relaxing than that?

Families get a break from electronics while camping. Nowadays most families, including our’s, are addicted to their technology. Camping is a pretty unplugged vacation with no tv, no video games and limited cell reception and wi-fi. We bring our phones along but try to limit use to the early mornings (when the boys wake up before the sun!) and then a little bit in the evenings while the kids are waiting for dinner to cook on the campfire or grill. It’s a change for the boys but they don’t seem to mind that much because they are too busy playing or roasting marshmallows for s’mores.

Kids can have more independence at a campground than they might get otherwise. Since many campgrounds are fairly small, kids can get a sense of independence while still being under the watchful eyes of their parents. I was able to let my boys go to the playground and walk around with other kids while watching them from my chair at our campsite. This made my boys feel like “big kids” but still gave me comfort knowing where they were and what they were doing.

Campgrounds are a great way for kids to meet different types of people, practice their social skills and make new friends. Since families tend to stay at campgrounds for at least a couple days (and sometimes even a week or more) children can develop friendships with kids that come from different states and backgrounds than they do. This last time we went camping, Lucas- who typically has a harder time making new friends- quickly became friends with a girl about his age and he spent a lot of time playing with her. They got along so well that the second he woke up in the morning he was standing at our cabin door waiting to see when she woke up so he could go play with her. It was the cutest thing to watch and I loved seeing the friendship they had formed in less than a day.

Camping gets kids outside. I’ll be honest- my kids don’t spend nearly as much time outside as they should (and most of the time they are outside is spent dong structured activities like sports). Camping is a great way to get kids outside playing and leads to a lot of spontaneous fun. We love bringing balls, toy rockets, and other things that they can play with.

Campgrounds often offer a lot of free fun. Once you pay for the campsite rental most everything else is free. We’ve enjoyed hayrides, flashlight candy hunts, face painting, swimming in the pool, a jumpy, mini-golf, a playground and more! It’s nice not having to pay for every little thing we want to do and it ends up being a fairly cheap vacation.

Have you ever gone camping with your family? I’d love to hear about your favorite camping memories in the comments below! (P.S.- Don’t love the idea of tent camping? I’ve discovered camping cabins and I’m in love!)


  1. I love to camp for this reason! Screen time doesn’t happen we run around, get dirty, have fun and just play. It’s some of my favorite time.

  2. I really need to plan a camping trip for my family. My husband and I have been talking about buying a camper and I think this would make for some fun family outings in the future!

  3. We love to go camping. Sometimes we go to a park. Sometimes, we just camp in the backyard. Wherever we go, it’s always fun!

  4. Camping is a great way to connect as a family without worrying about being distracted by a screen.
    I find that camping provides great opportunities for a family to really talk and improve relationships.

  5. We haven’t been camping since 2001! It really wasn’t for me. The whole experience for me wasn’t pleasant; bugs, sweating like crazy after taking a shower because of needing to put on bug repellent because of said bugs, CANOES. If I were to go camping again, I would prefer to go when the weather is a little cooler, to hopefully avoid bugs! I will agree it’s time well spent with your kids and any other family that may go with you.

  6. I’m not a big camper, but I do have to admit that some of our best family memories were made while camping.

  7. I have a friend who camps with her family almost every weekend. She said it is so nice to unplug and just hang out with them.

  8. My family has never been camping, but it’s something I’d love to do. I think it would be nice to disconnect from electronics, enjoy each others company, and just have some fun.

  9. Claudia Krusch says

    Camping is a great way to spend quality time with your family. This is the first year we are going to rent an RV to go camping. We are all excited.

  10. We have been going camping with the kids ever since they were babies. We have made so many great memories. I think everyone should try it at least once.

  11. we often camp in spring and fall times. You are so right it is great for the family, away from everything that can be a distraction.
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  12. You are so right on all the reasons every family should experience camping together. Having done it with my own kids, I definitely agree that it encourages more family time with less distractions — in fact, getting away from a digital signal can be a blessing!

  13. Camping is always a ton of fun. I would love to take my girls camping soon. We have not been camping together yet.

  14. Camping trips are the best..well absolutely one of the best! :)

  15. Camping gives us some of the best family memories. I think getting away from the technology even for a small amount of time opens up so many more conversation opportunities.

  16. I am looking forward to going camping with my family. Being able to spend more time together will be great.

  17. I miss camping. It’s been a few years. Growing up I used to love sitting around the campfire while my uncle played the guitar and we sang old country songs.

  18. My camps are dying to go on a camping trip! Your post is making me want to book one asap!

  19. Camping was the only vacations I knew growing up. We would go 4-5 times a year and those were the best times.

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