Now that the weather is getting warmer, it is time to start planning those family/friend outdoor trips. I have never been much of an outdoor goddess myself. Making a fire out of two sticks and heating up a can of beans-may not be my thing. As a little girl I did grow up going to summer camps and I will never forget those nights we were allowed to sleep outside under the stars. Even though I might not have liked bugs all that much (or the dark for that matter) I was so entranced by the stars that I forgot about everything else. Now that I have gotten older and become more of my own, I don’t think I would be as oppose to camping as I once was- at least that’s what I am going to say. Camping is not just a way to enjoy the great outdoors, but a way to bond with your family and friends on a whole other level. Make a point this week to look up local camp grounds and start planning a trip!

I did some research to find the most popular and recommended family camp grounds in Orlando and found a pretty good sounding list on Yahoo. I do not what to say I recommend them because I haven’t even been to them. I haven’t even slept outside since I was eight, but these places sound amazing and just might be worth your while:

1.) Disney’s Fort Wilderness located in the Magic Kingdom

2.) Orlando S.E/ Lake Whippoorwill KOA

3.) Circle F Dude Ranch

4.) Withlacoochee State Forest Recreation- Crooked River Campground

5.) Orlando Winter Garden

Not sure what to bring on a camping trip? Not that I am an actual expert, but I would saw I am a bit of a Google wiz when it comes to preparing for a camping trip. Make sure to bring a tent that you will successfully be able to put together. I say successfully because I know there are plenty of men out there that want to by the “coolest” one on the market but also don’t realize they are the most difficult to construct. Bring plenty of blankets because the temperature always goes down at night. Don’t forget those sleeping bags and pillows! Collect some games such as corn hole, horse shoes, and cards that you all can engage in together. And, finally, the most important part: the food! Bring food items that can be easily cooked over an open flame or on a mini charcoal grill (if you have one available). I suggest hot dogs or sausages. To elevate your meal and make it healthier, try chicken sausages with maple baked beans. For dessert, duh! S’mores- so delicious!

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