How can we optimize our annual family camping trip?
August 22, 2014 7:16 AM Subscribe
I'm looking for your favorite schemes, gadgets, and systems which make camping with large groups easier and more fun. Things like "a different campsite hosts dinner every night" or "get lots of solar lanterns" or "color code all the tent parts." Our specific details are inside.
posted by chaiminda to Travel & Transportation (21 answers total) 12 users marked this as a favorite
Every year we take about a week-long trip to our ancestral camp ground in Maine. It's about 200 miles from home and this year we had about 18 people at our max. Cooking, cleaning, and doing basically everything has become a hassle. My mom currently plans this trip and seems to enjoy it, but I would like to help her in any way that I can, especially since the planning will likely fall to me once she no longer has the energy.
The campground has showers and bathrooms, no RV hookups.
This year we rented a cottage nearby in order to deal with the cooking. That helped, but we had issues with transporting people back and forth, keeping people at the campsites well fed, food in the cooler going bad, and just general nastiness of food being left out because there was nowhere for it to go (no bears at this campground, thankfully).
Solutions I've thought of:
> getting another cottage which is much closer to the campground
> buying a class B RV to serve as a kitchen
> making a different campsite responsible for dinner each night
> using only compostable plates and silverware
> buying a solar cooler (sounds awesome, but do they work for long trips?)
We all have different eating requirements so that is also an issue. I would appreciate any thoughts from seasoned, but similarly wussy campers or people who love gadgets!