Spontaneous Family Fun | Last Minute Camping Reservations Near Seattle

Hello Families,

The other day I received an email that informed me that there are more day-of reservations available in Washington!

This was exciting because as a birth doula it’s really hard to plan ahead. I know people who plan and reserve their campsites in the dark of winter!

Not me. I don’t know when those babies are coming out! 

The other bad thing about planning the camping trip too far in advance is that sometimes the family vibe is not right for camping. Or there might be a cool event that you want to attend and didn’t know about in January.

I wanted to share this news with you, so that you can take advantage of this change and get out there at the last minute.

This will also allow you to avoid smoky camping situations. 

When we go camping, I try to keep packing as light as possible. I think less is more, because I’m going to be the one to put all that dirty stuff away.

I like to keep the meals simple. Here is what I make for a simple overnight trip.

  • Breakfast: Bagels and cream cheese and fresh fruit for breakfast.
  • Lunch: A favorite from my childhood “meat, cheese and crackers” my Grandma would call it.
  • Dinner is always Trader Joe’s cornbread (that I bake at home) and canned chili. 

When I’m really feeling maxed out, I stop by the PCC deli and load up on salads I know my kids will eat.

Another trick I started doing is keeping a bin for the dirty dishes. I just pile them in and stack them in the dishwasher once I’m home.

I’m not an avid camper, but hope to get out and explore more now that there are more last minute reservations available!!


Camping Sites Within 1-3 Hours of Seattle

Last Minute Reservations info page. 


Deception Pass | 90 Minutes From Seattle

“Spanning two islands and connected by a series of iconic bridges, Deception Pass features a mix of rugged ocean cliffs and quiet old growth forests. Best known for its panoramic views and jaw-dropping sunsets, this park is a go-to for locals and international travelers alike.”

Lake Easton

1 Hour From Seattle

“Located between Seattle and Ellensburg off I-90, Lake Easton State Park is a magnet for urbanites who have limited time for escapes. The park is also far enough east to (sometimes) see sun when Seattle is shrouded in gray.”


Fort Casey

1 Hour 45 Minutes with Ferry Ride From Seattle

“Step back in time at Fort Casey Historical State Park. Ignite your curiosity in the historic military batteries and 1903 lighthouse, with its own interpretive center and gift shop. Soak in the stunning views, fly a kite, fish or explore the beach at this central west side Whidbey Island gem.”

Birch Bay

2 Hours From Seattle

“Set in a blue cove between Bellingham and Blaine, Birch Bay State Park gives you a private and secluded feel without being too far from urban life.”



3 Hours with Ferry Ride From Seattle

“To the delight of outdoor enthusiasts, this park has it all. Lakes, scenic views, trails for biking, hiking and horseback riding, historic structures, forested campgrounds and a nature preserve are all at your fingertips.”


Lake Chelan

3 Hours From Seattle

“On the shores of Lake Chelan is one of Washington State’s most popular state parks. At Lake Chelan State Park, enjoy  hiking, biking, volleyball, swimming, fishing and camping.”


I hope you enjoy the great outdoors and that Mother Nature is smiling down on your family now and always.


Thanks for reading,




About Amity Kramer

Amity Kramer has been helping families cultivate unconditional love since 2008. She is a Birthing From Within Mentor, Certified Gottman Educator, and founder of Thresholds. Amity leads soulful workshops for families in transition. She also is a practicing birth and postpartum doula which gives her a unique window into the joys and struggles of family life.