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CAMPGROUNDS: The New Normal
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*Before your camping trip review the destination’s latest COVID restrictions. Some events and places now require proof of vaccination.
* Understand the difference between single, family and buddy campsites. All campgrounds place limits on the number of people, pets. vehicles and units on each site. For example, you may have a tow car, travel trailer, motorhome with toad or one or more small tents or a freestanding screen house.
We once set up our RV in a friend’s yard and hosted their daughter's small, informal wedding party. Remember when you could give a party for 20 in your dorm room? Hosting a crowd out of your RV is easy by comparison, especially if your RV has an awning or you can rent a canopy or tent. Many campgrounds and parks also have group shelters or pavilions for rent.
Here are ideas on hosting a whale of a party in a minnow-size space. Some may work for you.
* First, check zoning rules at a home site or understand campground rules. Observe quiet hours and park rules regarding alcohol.
* Think through electric needs to string lights, plug in the coffee maker and run long , heavy duty power cords.
* Inventory what you already have on hand then make a list of items to rent (such as a big coffee urn, chairs, folding tables) or buy (disposable dinnerware, trash bags, paper goods)
* Barbecue in an out-of-the way spot and keeps kids away.
* Cold drinks will be very popular, so set them up in several spots around the site to relieve crowding. Wheeled ice chests are easy to move, easy to drain. Have plenty of ice on hand and save one ice chest for watermelons.
* Set up several different food stations around the site so guests can easily serve themselves without crowding.
* Go online to find specialty foods that can be delivered on party day. They range from fresh lobster or Chicago pizza to Louisiana King Cake.
* Use your RV as a prep area, not a public rest room. If possible, try to keep guests outdoors. Just in case, have stain treatments on hand in case something is spilled on your upholstery or carpeting.
* If this is an informal lunch party, make nosebag lunches in advance. Make two sizes, one for kids and one for adults. Pack each lunch in a colorful paper bag or tie it in a new bandana.
Sandwiches that don’t have to be kept cold include peanut butter and jelly, sharp cheddar with chutney and crisp bacon, cream cheese with jelly or olives or provolone with thinly sliced tomato and sweet onion. Butter bread or rolls to keep fillings from soaking into bread, then use mustard or pesto if you like. Avoid mayonnaise and other spreads prone to spoilage. Add a shiny apple, a packaged brownie and a napkin, and lunch is on.
* Provide bug spray, sun screen and, ground covers to spread on the grass or sand.
* Set up several trash stations around the site. A good choice is pop-up bins lined with trash bags. Leave no trace.
* Make things easy on yourself. With advance planning, you can be a guest at your own party.
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