Don't let your busy schedule keep you from the campsite any longer. Here are eight ways to break through the scheduling barrier for more camping all year long.
Camp in Your Backyard1 of 9
You don't need much to enjoy the best of camping. Pitch a tent in your backyard, take a hike or walk through your local park, grill dinner on the barbecue and roast s'mores over a grill or fire pit.
Find a Place Nearby2 of 9
You don't have to go far to find a place to camp. Many big cities are within an hour's drive from a campground, including New York, Long Beach, Dallas and Miami. With great camping spots this close, you can easily find one night to get away.
Find a State Park3 of 9
"Within a short drive of nearly every U.S. citizen is a goldmine of natural interaction and outdoor recreation waiting at a state park, says Robert Loewendick, a veteran camper and outdoors enthusiast. Find a local state park, grab the essentials, and go.
Make It Your Family Vacation4 of 9
Save both money and stress and go camping for your next family vacation. Most popular vacation spots are loud and crowded and don't allow for as much family bonding, which is beneficial for the kids and adults.
Get Inspired5 of 9
A few inspiring words from someone like John Muir is all it takes to click reserve on that campground you've been looking at.
"Keep close to Nature's heart... and break clear away, once in awhile, and climb a mountain or spend a week in the woods. Wash your spirit clean." - John Muir
Remind Yourself Why You Love It So Much6 of 9
When you get caught up in the day-to-day, you forget why it's so important to carve time out of your schedule for a camping trip. Movies about camping and hiking motivate you to get up and make a reservation, regardless of your what's on your calendar.
Make It a Tradition7 of 9
It's harder to break plans if it's a family tradition. Start an annual camping trip; invite your immediate family, close friends and anyone else you know and love.
Camp in the Winter Too8 of 9
Instead of cramming all your camping into a short period of warm weather—a time that's busy for everyone—plan a few trips during the off-season. You don't even have to bring your tent. Rent a cabin and enjoy winter camping activities like snowshoeing, ice skating, and sledding.