Family camping hack: Choosing the best campsite with kids
Here's Sarah's practical advice about choosing a campsite when you've got little ones along:
We just got back from camping with our 3 year-old twins. It was a lot of fun, but could have been better if we'd just had better criteria for choosing a site. So here are the two criteria I'll use next time:
1) Find a site that's as close to the nicest bathrooms that the campground has. In our pre-kid days, I always wanted to be far away from the bathroom and away from any RV campers. But we quickly learned that our sons who will pee anywhere in the city don't like rustic potties. Even if it means being right next to the bathroom, with kids it's better to be too close than too far.
2) Choose a site that's close to a trailhead. Hiking with toddlers is ambitious since they get tired easily. And getting in and out of the car just to go for a hike seems silly. A campsite close to a trailhead will help ensure that you actually get to go a little ways into the woods before the kids start begging to be carried.
What features do you look for in an ideal family campsite?
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