A fun way to include everyone in the camping trip is planning some meals.
While sometimes it’s every person for themselves, cooking can help bring everyone together. Sitting down and having a meal with friends is such an intimate experience, and it makes it better when you are outside in the wilderness waiting for the stars to come out after a long day of being outside.
Suggest a couple ideas in order to make meal prepping a breeze. Note that breakfasts and dinners are usually the easiest to make a large quantity of food. Plus, these meals are also bookends for your day time activities, so it’s a little more straightforward to coordinate. Think easy things like hash browns or breakfast burritos for the morning and tacos or brats for dinner.
If your friends are interested, assign a meal and date to each friend. That way you cook one meal for all, then the favor is returned when they cook you a plate. For instance, one person is in charge of all the tacos makings, while another brings everything for breakfast the next morning.
Another way to collaborate on meals is for everyone to bring one or two items to contribute to a collective recipe. One person brings tortillas and salsa, another person brings the meat, another brings toppings, etc.
If your friends have dietary restrictions, suggest customizable meals like tinfoil dinners, so that everyone is able to have their own meal, while still having a similar bite to eat.
Hiking. Biking. Climbing. Paddleboarding. Canyoneering. Boating. 4x4 tours. National or State Park drive throughs. Sightseeing.
The great thing about heading out into the wilderness is that you can set up your tent as a base camp for so many activities outside.
If you are heading out in a large group, determine who has what gear, so you know that everyone who wants to can participate in the activities. Make sure everyone feels included when planning what to do during the day.
Is your group too big to decide on one thing to do? Suggest different ventures during the day, let people pick what they want to do, and then reconvene in the evenings
Lastly, make sure to practice gratitude about your trip. At the end of each day, go around and ask individuals what the favorite part of their day was. It helps to figure out what everyone liked so that each camping trip will be less and less stressful to plan.