Ah, springtime! As the clouds of winter retreat and the sun begins to shine, you may begin feeling the urge to escape the confines of your home and office. As winter winds down, parents are already sending the kids outside to play after school. Plenty of dogs are enjoying the warmer days as well, especially since daylight-saving time began.
Lucky for everyone, spring offers the chance to begin waking up. Many find it easy to not only get more accomplished, but they also have a bit more fun while they’re at it. Some families jump at this chance to take advantage of the cool, yet sunny spring weather, to pack up and head out for their first camping trip of the year.
Take a relaxing break.
Setting up camp on a lakeshore may be one of the best opportunities for parents to find some peace and quiet after a long winter inside with rowdy kids. As a cooling breeze sweeps over a nearby lake and mixes with the energizing rays of sunlight you are sure to enjoy some outdoor relaxation.
You can set up a chair right in your RV campground site and begin reading a new book. Others may consider themselves champion anglers and try their luck with a little fishing excursion. This may also be a good time to take a short nap, do some bird watching, or just enjoy the sunshine with a light snack while the kids are occupied elsewhere.
Take the energetic kids.
Getting the kids out of the house is the first step to curing any parent’s winter hangover. These days, parents are even posting “life hacks” for these situations on social media. Any chance to pull your children away from those digital screens and out of your hair should be well-considered.
Once spring break arrives, parents should be ready to pack the RV with bicycles, outdoor sports equipment, and the newest kites they can find. Campgrounds often provide more than enough space for a host of physical activities. Even if temperatures rise, or the children seem bored, it’s easy enough to write up a couple of lists of items and send them on a scavenger hunt.
Take the wild dogs.
Taking the dogs on a family vacation can seem like a pretty daunting task. However, this doesn’t need to be the case. By including your furry family members, they will not only learn valuable social skills, but they will also develop more loyalty and a deeper level of commitment toward you and your children.
Roaming is in a dog’s blood. Taking Fido out for a good hike will let him experience new sights and smells while using up all the energy he has stored up over the winter. Once you get back to camp, the dogs will likely find a shady spot to lay down and stay out of your hair until dinnertime. Also, while temperatures may keep your family from taking a dip in the lake, the dogs just might decide to go for a swim.
So, as the days get longer and the temperatures rise, be sure to disconnect from the hubbub of indoor life and instead opt to escape to the great outdoors. After all, no one can handle being trapped inside year-round, especially when children and pets are involved.