Kids love the outdoors. They also love to run around, be loud, and explore new surroundings. That’s why camping is a great family bonding experience.
If your children have never gone on a camping trip camping trip before, you may be a bit nervous. However, by following these guidelines, you’ll be able to enjoy your trip without any issues.
Practice Makes Perfect
Some children are afraid of camping, but many don’t discover this until they’re spending the night outdoors. Before heading out into the wilderness, take your kids on a test run in your own garden.
Teach your children how to pitch a tent and let them sleep in it for an entire night. If your child can’t get any sleep or feels scared, it may be best to wait another year before going on a real camping trip.
Make a List and Check It Twice
The worst thing that can happen on a camping trip is realizing you forgot something important. Before you pack the car, make a list of everything you need. Be sure to ask your children if there is anything they want to take.
Discourage them from bringing their favourite toy or blanket, as these items may get lost or damaged on the trip.
Your children need to have several changes of clothes. Pack these in a waterproof bag. If the ground is still soft, you’ll want to bring along an extra pair of shoes, preferably a pair of wellies. You can never have too many blankets on a camping trip.
Food Glorious Food
Kids love to eat. When your child gets hungry, you know how fussy they can get. Since it often takes a lot longer to cook food over a campfire, you need to bring along enough shelf-stable foods.
Crackers, biscuits, and even fruit make great snack options for kids. Always bring along more water than you think is necessary.
A camping trip should be an opportunity for you and your children to bond. Make sure you bring enough activities to keep everyone busy. Board games are perfect if the weather gets bad.
Consider letting your children help set up the campsite. Chores are a lot more fun when you’re outdoors. Make yummy snacks, such as campfire popcorn, over the fire pit.
A Tired Kid is a Quiet Kid
If you want your children to sleep soundly through the night, make sure they get enough activity during the day. Instead of lounging around the campsite, consider taking them on an adventure.
Go on a nature walk to discover plants and wildlife in the area. Consider staying at a campsite that offers other amenities, such as a pool or playground. The more you wear out your child during the day, the more relaxed they will be at night.
Above all, just have a good time. Talk to your kids and use your camping trip to grow closer as a family.