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What to do While You Wait For Camping Season

What to do While You Wait For Camping Season

Are you just sitting there wishing the snowy weather would disappear and that you can get outside and go camping? Me too! I like to think there are two seasons; camping season and non-camping season.  Non-camping season can seem like it lasts forever, especially when you are getting hit with arctic cold and snowy weather.  This year I have been trying to bring a bit of the camping lifestyle to my everyday life by enjoying some camping themed activities.  It’s really been helping me to get excited for the camping season and I wanted to share it with you!

1.  Plan out your Camping Trips for the Season

Nothing helps me get through the winter more then having an upcoming trip to look forward to.  Most campgrounds start taking reservations at the beginning of the year if not earlier, so its important to plan early to get the best sites.  Make time to research different destinations and campgrounds to determine where you want to go.  Take into consideration what availability you have in your schedule and your budget.  Book those trips and let the countdown begin.  For inspiration, check out a review of one of our favorite campgrounds – Camping on the Battenkill.

2. Listen to Other Peoples Adventures

T’here are so many great camping podcasts that are so entertaining.  I get a ton of great tips from the podcasts and ideas for organization, recipes, and activities to do while camping.  They also provide great reviews of campgrounds and products.  Some of my favorites are RVFTACampground of the Week, and Girl Camper Podcast.  Listening to these always gets me in the camping spirit.

3.  Do a Camping Themed Craft

Get all of your camping friends together and plan a camping themed craft night.  Make decor for the camper or something to display in your home to enjoy while you wait for camping season to begin.  One of the things on my list is to make a cute Burlap wreath like that is camping themed. There are also some great ideas for DIY firestarters  here.  Another craft if you have a Cricut or other vinyl cutting machine is to make fun camping t-shirts for you and your family or friends to wear camping.

4. Try out Some New Camping Recipes

It can turn into a disaster if you try a new recipe while camping and it doesn’t go right.  You may not have a back-up meal or a substitution ingredient, so I like to perfect new recipes at home before I take them on the road.  Check out The Campground Gourmet for some inspiration and to take your campground cooking to the next level.

5. Subscribe to your Favorite Subscription Box

Is there anything better then receiving some happy mail to brighten your day?  I love subscription boxes that are offered seasonally because they are easier on the budget than monthly subscriptions and it gives you plenty of time to enjoy all of the awesome items that come in the box. Out of the Box Camping is a quarterly subscription box for campers, glampers, and, RV enthusiasts.  Each season you will receive a box full of camping themed surprises.  The Winter Box is currently available and will help keep you warm & cozy while you wait for the spring to get here. See Why Campers Love the Out of the Box Camping Subscription Box.

So far these activities are keeping me busy this winter and I’m more excited for camping then ever!  What do you like to do to occupy yourself during the non-camping season?  Share your ideas in the comments.

Happy Camping!

Camping On the Battenkill – A Family Tradition

Camping On the Battenkill – A Family Tradition

I’ve camped for as long as I can remember. We started in a tent and as I got older my family upgraded to a pop-up camper. Our family would camp in the backyard or gather with friends to stay at a local campground.

Many years later I started dating a man who would become my husband. Our first Memorial Day weekend together we went to visit his family at the campground they were staying at. To my surprise it was the same campground that I stayed at when I was young, Camping on the Battenkill in Arlington, VT. The phone booth was no longer there. But the park next door with the small golf course I remember my dad playing at while we camped was still present.

The next Memorial Day, we went back to the campground to visit my boyfriends family and friends. This time we got to show off my bright and shiny engagement ring that had just been place on my finger hours before. The years went by and my husband and I starting camping there every Memorial Day weekend with his family and then my family as well. We started off in a truck tent and then upgraded to a 27 foot travel trailer. My husband and I brought our new puppy camping there for the first time. Bailey is now almost 11 years old.

Family

We started having children of our own and each of their first camping trips were at Camping on the Battenkill. Our oldest was only 6 weeks old on his first trip. My family and I have so many fond memories here – conversations around the campfire, tubing & kayaking down the river and walks through the acres of wooded trails.

Tradition

My favorite is the tradition of all of the kids learning to ride their bikes in the circle around the field. It started with my nieces and nephews, then our oldest son, Liam. This past year our middle child Peyton months after turning five. The training wheels came off and after just a few times around the circle she had gotten the hang of it. Her and her older brother biked around the whole weekend. They made new friends and explored all of the winding trails. The pride that a parent feels watching this is inexplicable. The fact that they have found a love for the outdoors and camping as I did in my childhood makes my heart burst. We can only hope that our youngest child, Logan, who is not yet a year old will get to experience this and continue the tradition of taking his first ride on a two-wheeler at this campground.

More About Camping on the Battenkill

The campground is in Arlington, VT. It is a small family friendly campground right on the Battenkill River. There are just under 100 sites with a variety of options for full hook-up, water & electric, tent and cabin camping. The majority of the park offers large wooded sites. There are a limited number of riverfront sites which get booked quickly. Book early if you want to take advantage of these. There is a large field area which is perfect for group gatherings. The playground area in the center so this area can be noisy. If you are looking for a quiet, peaceful trip, I would definitely suggest the wooded sites.

The new owners which purchased the property in 2017 are very helpful and have already started upgrades. These include a new laundry area, WiFi, and arcade. The campground has a small camp store and beach area where you can go tubing, kayaking, or swimming (it is swim at your own risk, no lifeguards are on duty). Overall, this is a great campground to get away from it all and enjoy nature. If you want want a laid back trip to recharge and spend quality time with the family, this is the place to do just that!

Things to Do in the Area

Next door to the campground is a park where there is a large playground and bike trails. There are lots of fun shops in the area such as the Sugar Shack which has the best pies and the Village Peddler which houses jams, cheese, candies and chocolates that every kid and adult will love. Close by are the Manchester outlets if you want to spend a rainy day shopping.

I hope you have enjoyed our review and learning about my favorite camping memories. What are your favorite camping traditions? I would love to hear them in the comments.

Happy Camping!