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Camping etiquette

Being a good camping neighbor helps make everyone's stay more enjoyable. To do this one needs common sense and consideration for your fellow campers, campsite and natural environment. However, some etiquette related to camping is more specific. If you are traveling with children, make sure they know some of these rules.

Helpful tips for camping with kids

Planning a family trip with kids requires a little extra planning. If you have camped before, you probably have the camping basics down. If you have never been camping with children, planning ahead and being prepared will help to ensure that everyone, especially the kids, has a good time. Below are some family-friendly tips to get you started:

Camping: A great way to meet new people

Most people agree that camping brings families closer together in one way or another. Between sleeping in close-knit quarters, cooking family meals, and participating in daily activities–families learn to interact more and strengthen their bonds. But camping isn't just for family socializing–it can open the door to a whole new world of friends that share similar interests in the camping lifestyle.

So how do you make friends while camping? The possibilities are endless and quite often the opportunity to make friends is easier than you think. We asked several MARVAC members for their suggestions and ideas on the best ways to make friends while camping. Here are some of their ideas:

Firewood transportation: do's and don'ts

Campfires have always been a major staple in campgrounds–sitting around the fire on a starlit night, telling stories, and roasting hot dogs and marshmallows.

Many campers and RVers haul firewood from one part of the state to another aware that transporting firewood also transports insects and diseases. Some of these insects and diseases have destroyed Michigan's native trees. One of these insects is the Emerald Ash Borer, an invasive species that has killed more than 10 million ash trees in southeast Michigan, and is perhaps the most prominent threat to our state's forests. The emerald ash borer (EAB) is a small, metallic-green, wood-boring beetle that was discovered in southeast Michigan in 2002. Native to Asia, it's believed to have been unknowingly transported to the United States in wood packing material. But, the EAB is not the only threat ... beech bark disease, Dutch elm disease and gypsy moths are the top threats in a growing list of firewood hitchhikers.

Please consider some simple precautions to ensure the future of your favorite recreation destination:

Foodies welcome here — Take a culinary tour of Michigan

Travel just about anywhere in Michigan, and you'll find great, local culinary delights. On your next road trip, be sure to sample some local flavor at Michigan's bakeries, restaurants, farm markets and u-pick farms. Here's just a taste of what our great state has to offer:

Four Seasons of Michigan Beauty

Parks and trails: Visit a park and watch nature come out of hibernation. Walk, bike or hike nature trails to see eggs hatch and flowers bloom up close in one of Michigan's hundreds of park areas including state, county and metro parks, as well as recreation areas. Try the Huron-Clinton Metroparks in Southeast Michigan, Emmet County Park in Mackinaw City and the Fred Meijer Trails in Western Michigan.

Rainy day fun: Spend an afternoon at the Air Zoo in Kalamazoo, where you'll find over 50 aircraft on display. Activities and exhibits include stunning murals, amusement park-style rides, full-motion flight simulators, Women in Aviation and Space, as well as the brand new "Space: Dare to Dream" exhibit.

Introducing kids to hiking

Hiking is one of the easiest ways you and your kids can get out and enjoy the great outdoors while you are RVing. You'll see trees and flowers, meadows and streams, and maybe even wild animals and birds. Your child will get an early grounding in the fun of walking down a woodland trail, observing the natural world. If your child can walk for 20 minutes, you're ready to go hiking!

Michigan's private campgrounds offer something for everyone

When planning your next RV vacation, consider one of Michigan's private campgrounds. Private doesn't mean exclusive–it's just a way to distinguish a privately owned campground from a municipal owned campground. From the little 10-site campground in the U.P. to the large campground chains like Jellystone and KOA are considered private.

Tailgating guide

We Michiganders love our sports teams–not just the game, but the fun of a good tailgate! An RV takes tailgating to a whole new level. There's no need to worry about the ice in your cooler melting or finding a place to heat up your snacks. You'll have a roof over your head in rain or shine, and you'll never again stand in line to use a public restroom!

Michigan Association of Recreation Vehicles and Campgrounds (MARVAC)
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