Labor Day is also known as the “End of the Camping Season.” As a result campgrounds, local parks, and national parks are all bound to be booked solid. Navigating through parks and Labor Day camping as a whole can be frustrating. It’s important that you plan as much ahead as possible. These Labor Day camping tips should help you make the most of the end of this camping season and keep you looking forward to next year.
Book Early | Book your camp space as early as possible. By now most spaces will be reserved. Those that aren’t reserved are likely to be less than desirable spots. If you’re OK booking at a resort that might lack the amenities you want or don’t mind taking a spot that other, more picky RVers would detest, you’ll probably be able to find something now. If, however, you want to have your cake and eat it too, you’ll want to book in advance.
Staycation | If you’ve haven’t booked a camping spot and don’t want to settle for less than the best, a great option might be to set up camp in your back yard. Everything you need will be at your fingertips, you can save money, and most of all you won’t have to worry about fighting Labor Day traffic!
Shop Early | If you shop around a week before hand for items like chicken, hot dogs, and other Labor Day food fare, you’ll likely be able to find great deals on your purchases and avoid having to stand in line and battle traffic at the grocery store. This will also save you the hassle of having to buy at a smaller shop near your campground that might run out of inventory faster than your local grocery store. Items to purchase include any charcoal or wood and of course marshmallows and chocolate for s’mores!
Try Something New | Make it a point to do something you’ve never done. Maybe it’s kayaking or fishing. Maybe it’s trying out a ropes course or playing a family game of volleyball. Making it a tradition to try something new every Labor Day is not only exciting, but gives everyone the chance to bond over something they did together.
Safety First | Sure, you might not have been able to take as many camping trips this summer as you wanted to, but don’t sacrifice safety to get in this one last trip. Be sure to check your RV for any issues and ensure your tow vehicle’s oil is changes, tires are up to par, and brakes are good to go. If anything is wrong, trying camping in your backyard and addressing whatever issues are at hand.
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