We have discovered that for our family the best way to camp is to decide last minute. Whenever we actually go ahead and plan a camping trip - it pours, thunderstorms, tornadoes, you name it that is what will be predicted or happen. Lately we have taken the approach of not deciding until that day dependent on the weather.
So we found ourselves on the Friday morning of Fourth of July weekend calling campsites to see who had availability for one of the busiest weekends of the year. A little secret - most campsites keep a certain amount of first come first serve walk up sites that can not be reserved ahead of time so it is easier than you think to get a good site at a state park with little to no notice.
It was Friday morning and after looking at the weather report I emailed Serona and said let's go camping and he agreed. I did some research and phone calling and found a great place to go. The kids and I headed off to our Young Nature Explorers activity and then headed home to pack. It took me a little less than an hour to get everything (except food) packed. We stopped at the grocery store packed the cooler and headed off to the campsite. Very little planning, very little work ahead and no worry about planning for the trip.
We had a great time and it was easy and fun. And we knew it was going to be good weather because we waited until the last moment to make our decisions. I think for our family this is the best way to camp.