Try something new: Winter camping in Washington State Parks!
With the proper preparation, a summer tradition could become a great, COVID-safe winter activity, too.
It seemed that camping really exploded in popularity this past summer as a way to give your family a change of scenery during the pandemic without getting on a plane or slogging through a crowded amusement park, for instance.
More than 100 parks are at least partly open in the winter.
You’ll need to do your research: Some parks are open just for day use, but some are allowing camping. Some take reservations; some do not. For details on winter camping in Washington: check the state parks winter schedule.
Obviously, winter camping will come with a whole different set of rules and guidelines, and we do not claim to be the experts on this. However, a quick check revealed that REI has a lot of good resources and so does Backpacker.com, to name just a few. Apparently you can even buy a heater for inside your tent. Who knew?
To refresh yourself on group-camping with COVID precautions (and to just enjoy a great read), review “My family survived COVID camping” from earlier this year.
Also, the parks folks point out that their “roofed” accommodations such as houses, cabins and yurts are a way to enjoy the parks with the comforts of warmth, shelter and electricity. (We have to agree.)
Another resource: 17 tips to make car camping comfortable and successful