Preparing for an overnight camping trip is a lot easier than you think and can provide many of the benefits of a more extensive trip.
Yesterday, as we were preparing for church, yes we attend church on a regular basis, we decided to also throw a few more things into the van to continue on afterward for an overnight. Mostly what you need for an overnight are things to stay warm, think blankets and sweatshirts, and bacon.
We ultimately made it to one of our local State Parks, Wompatuck, just to see if they had a campsite for us. It was a low risk move since the drive home from there is only 30 minutes. As luck would have it, they did have a spot for us and the rates were surprisingly reasonable.
Once we arrived we were greeted by some very kind campers who offered us food, coffee, and conversation around a campfire. We had a very pleasant time talking about life and kids and such. The kids played together, the grownups sat together.
Getting away for one night is enough to break routine, get the kids and grownups away from their screens, and meet new people.
Even though our morning bacon was rained out, we were able to promptly drive away in the Adventure Van having all enjoyed a wonderful time together as a family and with new friends all thanks to a simple overnight camping trip.