It’s officially summer and that means it’s camping season! Camping trips are a great way to grow together as a family. If you are new to the activity, don’t worry! Take a cue from seasoned campers and follow these tried-and-true tips:

  1. Explore the facilities.You should always know what you’re getting yourself into beforehand. View the campground map before booking, call ahead and ask questions, and check out reviews. Also, ask for information on the particular campsite you are reserving and the various amenities.
  2. Over-pack. Something invariably will go wrong. You’ll run out of toilet paper, bug spray or you’ll wish you had some pain reliever. It is better to be over prepared with extra everything, especially when kids are involved.
  3. Watch the weather. Summer weather in Michigan can be unpredictable. Watch the forecast the day before you leave and pack appropriately. Extra blankets and raincoats are never a bad idea. You might even consider bringing a weather alert radio with you.
  4. Prepare for the drive. Getting there is part of the fun. If you have kids in tow, snacks and games are always well-received. Load up your smartphone with podcasts to entertain. Have a first aid kit in your glove box and a spare tire in your trunk just in case. Be sure your vehicle registration and proof of insurance are within reach. Don’t forget to fuel up at your favorite Forward location.
  5. Relax and unplug. If you are in a remote area, your cellphone might not have service. It’s good to unplug and reconnect with your loved ones anyway. Watch the stars, tell stories around the campfire and roast marshmallows. These are memories that will last a lifetime.

If you are looking for sites in the area, look no further than these facilities.