It’s hard to believe, but 2014 is about to come to a close and the New Year is upon us. Looking back, it was a good year for camping. For those warm weather lovers, this summer in New York was probably a little disappointing with cooler temperatures, but the warm days and cool nights can actually make for some very comfortable camping.
Now is the time to start thinking about the 2015 camping season which will be here before we know it! The Farmer’s Almanac is predicting a hotter spring and summer this year with less precipitation, ideal for lots of swimming and water-related activities. And, gas prices are the lowest they’ve been in years – which assuming they stay that way, makes road trips an ideal vacation.
So, in the spirit of the holidays and ringing in the New Year, here are 5 things to do now to prepare for the upcoming prime time camping season.
- Make Your Reservations Now!
Campground spots fill up quickly. Don’t wait until the last minute to book your campsite or lodging – whether it’s a cabin, cottage, or lodge. To find a campground in the area(s) you’re looking to visit, use our “Find Your Park” search in the upper right corner of our website. Making reservations is becoming easier than ever as more and more campgrounds offer an online reservation option. Many of the campground listings on our website have a "Reserve Now" button that will take you directly to the reservations page for that location.
- Check Your Camping Equipment
Whether you are an RV owner, looking to become one, or you prefer to camp with a tent or in another type of lodging, start taking a look at the condition of your equipment. For those of you with an RV, the RV show season is starting soon – check them out for the newest RVs and the latest in parts and accessories. If you're not sure where to start, the Coleman website has a great listing of camping checklists for everything from RV and tent camping to backpacking and more.
- Review Your Camping Gear
In addition to your equipment, take a look at your camping gear to evaluate whether new gear is needed. Do your sleeping bags have holes in them? Has your cooking equipment seen better days? Now is the time to see what you might need and make a plan for replacing. And, remember, camping gear makes for a great holiday gift!
- Make Plans for Day Trips
Once you’ve made your campground reservations, determine if there are any day trips you’d like to take while you’re in the area. The I Love NY website allows you to search by area and helps to find great places to visit in New York. Planning these trips now will make for less scrambling once you get closer to your trip.
- Get Ready for Fun!
If winter's got you down, or you're just looking forward to a break from the daily grind, let the countdown begin! Create some fun games for you and your family that will get you excited for your first camping trip of the season. Start making lists of what to bring, what to cook, and activities you'd like to do while you're at the campground. Make homemade games that you can bring with you. The possibilities are endless.
We'd love to hear from you and your recommendations for preparing for the upcoming camping season. Use the comments below, or share with us on the CONY Facebook page or on Twitter. We know you have some great ideas!
Happy Holidays! Thanks for a great 2014 and looking forward to an even better 2015!