When you think of camping in Florida, most people picture themselves doing this during the milder fall and spring months. However, summer can still be a wonderful time to go camping in Florida with a little planning. The time of year is especially ideal since kids are out of school and it can be a very inexpensive family activity. Follow these tips to have an enjoyable and memorable camping experience!
Water, water, water. During the summer, your best bet is to find a great camping spot near the water. Many beaches offer camping. This is a perfect location since you can spend the day having fun in the sun, and at night you are getting the breeze from the water to keep it cooler than what you would find inland. Many parks with natural springs also offer camping. The springs are perfect for an afternoon or evening swim to cool off. Also, be sure to bring plenty of drinking water!
Keep cool and dry. Summer in Florida is marked by rain and/or heat. Prepare for this by bringing a pop up shelter. This can be set up outside of the tent or over it to provide additional shade and serve to protect you from afternoon rain showers. Bringing rain jackets or ponchos is also a clever idea. You can bring sealable plastic bags to protect any electronics or food items from water. Consider packing a couple of battery powered fans to keep you cool inside of the tent at night.
Don’t get bugged. Everyone knows mosquitos can be aggravating during the summer. Bring some bug repellant that includes deet as an active ingredient to discourage pesky insects. Also pack some anti-itch cream to soothe any bites that do occur.
Have fun! Plan activities that the family can enjoy during your camping trip. Swimming is ideal during the hottest part of the day. Mornings are a great time to go on a nature scavenger hunt and see how many plants and animals you can spot. In the evening, break out the cards or board games. Of course, you can’t pass up telling stories around a campfire while roasting marshmallows! Most of all just relax and enjoy the break from the hustle and bustle.
Don’t let the heat stop you from venturing out to enjoy a camping trip with the family. Camping is a fantastic way to unplug from the stresses of everyday life and spend quality time with friends and family. With a few preparations and the right campsite, you will beat the heat and have a trip to remember.