Group RV camping is a fun chance to get away with your favorite friends and/or family, relax, enjoy the most beautiful outdoor spaces, and just have fun. There are campgrounds that offer group camping spaces with adjoining campsites so you can all be together without having to leave your RV space.
Ask Everyone for Preferences, Make a Decision
Planning a trip requires making many decisions: what campground to stay at, who gets what specific campsite, what meals will be eaten and who is bringing what food, group activities, etc. These decisions can quickly become overwhelming and difficult when you try to make everyone perfectly happy, especially if you have a very large group of people. As long as everyone agrees on the destination and is ok with the campground then you can move on to making the rest of the planning decisions that work with the whole group in mind.
There is no way to please everyone, but you can certainly make plans that include something from everyone’s request list. Keep the lines of communication open; a great way to do this is with group emails, Facebook messenger, or even a group messaging app downloaded to everyone’s phone. Let everyone know what you have in mind for the the trip, communicate that you are trying to incorporate at least one or two of everyone’s requests while making decisions that work for the whole group, and ask everyone that if they have strong objections to anything to message you if they just do not feel they can adapt to something. Try to do your best to accommodate those must have items, but know that in most cases people will be happy to have someone else do most of the planning and be flexible.
- Try to plan your trip far in advance so you have more room to switch up your plans if need be. A good general rule is to book your campsite about six months in advance and to send a group message a few weeks before to find a specific date that works for everyone.
Planning a Menu
One of the most fun parts of group RV camping is the meals you will be enjoying together. Some ideas for putting together a group camping meal plan include:
- Each Family Takes a Meal at a Time: Depending on the amount of families/couples/smaller groups you could have each unit of people take one meal, be in charge of one meal time for the whole trip i.e. breakfasts, or have each unit take charge of a whole day.
- Each Family Takes Turns with the Main Dish: this is not as seemingly overwhelming and if you have picky eaters or special dietary needs allows for more wiggle room. Each family can take turns with the main entree dish for a meal and everyone else can provide a side dish. This way if someone is not a fan of the main entree or can’t eat the item being served they can contribute something to the meal they do like or works with their diet.
- Everyone Brings Their Own Food and Cooking Appliances.
All are good plans and whatever works best for your crew is the best option.
Leave Some Wiggle Room/Be prepared to Go with the Flow Sometimes
Provide a general framework for the trip, but don’t pack plans in so tight that things become stressful and fall apart making everyone miserable. You are there to relax and enjoy time together.
Allow for the freedom of going with the flow at times. If you plan a guided tour or day trip make sure to structure those big plans, but also leave time for just hanging out and giving people the freedom to split off from the larger group as a whole once in a while. Some people may want to play a game of horseshoes while others may want to do some crafts or go for a swim. Then there are those that could use a recharge by getting away on their own and reading a book or taking a walk.
You may find some of the most memorable moments are during those laid back, relaxed, do- whatever-you-want moments.