A camping trip can serve as the ultimate adventure. It doesn’t matter if it’s your first or one of many that you’ve planned throughout the years. If you have a deep appreciation for nature and a healthy sense of adventure, you’ll find the Great Outdoors a vast playground with limitless possibility.

Here is how to make the most of your next camping trip:

Let experience be your guide.

Who says your thirteenth camping trip can’t be as exciting as your first? It can be because now you have experience on your side to help you plan it better. Instead of having a lot of down time which the kids complain about, why not schedule an exciting activity that you’ve never tried before as a family? It is well worth the price you pay to see a smile on your children’s faces, right?

Take the time to be the teacher.

Share your knowledge of the outdoors with your children. Help them learn to identify flowers and plants in the wild. Give them an opportunity to look for birds through a pair of binoculars. Teach them to cultivate a deep appreciation for nature without disturbing or disrupting it.

When away from home, make it your mission to capture as many experiences as you possibly can with your camera. Document you and your family’s camping trip so you can look back at it fondly. Take notes in a small, waterproof notebook. Rite in the Rain offers notebooks in a variety of sizes, colors, and styles for this purpose.

Jot down a few details of your trip so you’ll know when you did what activity with your family. When at home, put together a scrapbook, photo collage or slideshow to share with others. They’ll want to see the experience the way that you did, through your eyes and storytelling capabilities.