More: 14 Reasons to Go Camping
1. Dirty Feet
"To me, a lush carpet of pine needles or spongy grass is more welcome than the most luxurious Persian rug." - Helen Keller
Having dirty feet—and loving them—is the first sign you had a great camping trip because it means you kicked off your shoes and felt the dirt between your toes.
2. An Empty Cooler
Don't look at your empty cooler as a bad thing. You used up all your food for campfire meals that can't be replicated on a kitchen stove—and that's a great thing. Grab a post-camping meal at a local restaurant and reminisce about the trip.
3. Stories to Tell
If you leave with a great story (or two or three!) then you can be sure it was a great trip, or at least a memorable one. The best trips are the ones with stories you tell over and over again.
4. Good Mood
You have stories to tell and you're smiling as you divulge every last detail of the trip, from finding the campsite to making dinner on your last night. That good mood bubbles over in the days to come and when that happens you can be sure you had a memorable trip.
5. Planning Your Next Trip
When you leave talking about where and when your next trip will be and how soon you can go again, it's a sure sign you had a good time.