Sometimes the idea of camping can make kids feel a little uncomfortable, new surroundings, bugs, tents, bugs and no devices (oh my!) But we have some top tips for camping with kids that will ensure everyone on the trip has a good experience.
Start ’em young!
The younger kids are introduced to camping, the more normal it becomes. Remember, kids (and adults) are never too young to camp! Remember to be enthusiastic, if kids see you excited about this trip – they too will get them into the idea.
Practice camping at home
If your kids are outdoor newbies, pitch a tent in the backyard or even inside your home! Let them hang out in it and sleep in it so they become comfortable with a new sleeping environment.
Start close to home
“Are we there yet!?!” The quintessential road trip comment. Kids hate long car rides and it’s never a good way to start a camping trip. Pick a destination closer to home, with some exciting stops along the way. As camping trips become more frequent and the kids get older, venture that bit further away each time.
Avoid miserable conditions
If there is any chance of miserable weather whether it be extremely wet or even heat – the kids will become uncomfortable making it a miserable trip for everyone involved.
Keep it organised
Organisation is key to a good camping trip, establish fixed locations for important items e.g. “utensils belong in the blue bucket” or “torches belong on the side pocket”
Make it fun!
The kids having new experiences and adventures is the best part of taking them camping. Come up with fun camping games or take board games along so there is never a dull moment. Remember once it gets dark its much harder to see but games like spotlight will keep it fun for the kids!