Planning a camping trip but not sure which type? Congrats on taking up camping, its great exercise, peaceful, and great for bonding. There are several types of camping trips, let us tell you a little about each one to help you decide which one is for you and your group.
General Camping/Backpacking – This is the type where you find a spot, pitch a tent, setup a fire and just enjoy the great outdoors together. General camping can be as simple as you want – you can rent a spot at a campground that supplies electricity and indoor plumbing, or complex – hike a bit into a more remote spot with no electricity, no plumbing, just you and whatever you could carry with you.
It’s great for bonding, togetherness with a hint of danger force everyone into a bit of survival mode and subconsciously everyone just relies on one another. It forces a special connection and trust, which is great for gathering people that have either drifted apart (a family) or a group that you would like to come together better (a team).
This can be a bit dangerous (depending on how remote you go). Be sure to read up on our site about the various planning/check list and tips to make sure your trip is fun and safe.
Kayaking/boating/water rapids – Kayaking and rapids boating is for the more danger/thrill seeking camper. Unlike camping you usually only do this for a day, which makes this a great choice for the time constrained. You can pack a lot of thrilling action in just an afternoon and be back home to enjoy your own bed. You should also not do water rapids without experience. It is recommended to have an experienced trainer show you how to do this safely. It is also a great bonding experience that will leave your group telling stories for months afterwards.
Boating trips can be a fun relaxing trip as opposed to water rapids trips. You can charter a boat and have the comforts of home while fishing, or just enjoy some whale/dolphin watching.
Hiking – You can find a great sightseeing trail online and gather your backpack (Don’t forget to check our site’s backpack check list), and have a fun challenging hiking trip. Hiking is great exercise and is usually a safe route with some great sights to take in. Your group will struggle if new to the experience, but it’s a very rewarding trip, you will feel great accomplishment after finishing a tough trek. Make sure you bring lots of water and keep yourself hydrated, also make sure you have really comfortable shoes and proper socks.
Climbing – A great confidence builder, but you must have an experienced guide or have some training for this. You take a family for some climbing fun to a local recreation place that offers wall climbing, that way you can learn safely. Just make sure you have some way of communicating (Satellite phone) with any rescue teams should you go on a more experienced trip.
Fishing – a fun relaxing experience. Just make sure everyone wants to go, fishing isn’t for everyone as such it’s not such a great family trip. Just make sure you have any proper licenses needed before going.
Biking – usually for a small group or individual trip. Biking is faster paced and is great for exercise, not really bonding. There are some cross country groups, if you are interested in a longer trip.
RV (cross country) – A great family camping experience. You can have all the comforts of home (beds, plumbing, cooking) while letting you sightsee across country or travel to a campground with other fellow campers.
Recreation Vehicles, allow you to take the whole family on a bonding trip, just make sure you realize just driving your family around will not make them bond. You should bring games or plan family activities to make the bonding happen.