Have you ever gone camping with kids? If this is your first time, you need to prepare for the unexpected. At first, kids will love the idea of going away with you and exploring the unknown. However, many kids tend to whine and fuss about going back home once they get surrounded by bugs, lizards, and birds. That’s why you need to know all about the tricks to keep them entertained and see if it’s worth taking them camping in the first place.
Have a trial run at home
Whether camping was your or your kids’ idea, you’ll want to introduce them to the basics of camping first. If you have a large backyard, consider throwing a camping weekend. Refrain from using the indoors and set up a true camp-like ambience. Pack everything that you’d bring to a camping adventure, and see whether the kids are okay with the idea of sleeping under the stars, for one. Don’t let them shower inside the house or use the kitchen or toilet inside the house. That way, you’ll bring the camping experience closer to them and check whether they’re up to the challenge before you waste time and money on a camping trip that will last shorter than the ride and packing combined.
Pick your campground wisely
Once your kids are ready for an outdoor adventure, it’s time to choose the campground. What activities are you looking forward to doing on your camping trip? Having the kids entertained all the time is the key to a successful and fuss-free camping trip. You’ll want to check the campground rules and regulations before you opt for one. You might want to bring your pet, and the campsite could potentially have a no pet policy. Don’t risk paying a fine or having to change your campground just because you were too lazy to do the research.
Make a list of all the to-bring essentials
To have a hassle-free camping trip with kids, you’ll need to bring all the essentials. Once you’ve chosen the campground, you’ll need to start preparing for camping. Making a list of everything you need to pack is of the essence. From tents to inflatable mattresses, mosquito repellents, kitchen supplies, toys, and camping tools, you will need a detailed list of items to keep your packing on track. Don’t forget to check out some of those automatic knives for camping that can be very convenient for cutting branches for a campfire, or to help you in cooking. They can also come in handy in case you need to defend yourself. Snacks, toiletries, sleeping bags, nighttime gear and entertainment are just some of the essentials you must bring on your camping trip.
Pack entertainment for the youngest
Even though kids love to spend some time in nature, their attention span will shift frequently, requiring different forms of fun. So, to avoid well-known tantrums, you’ll need kid-friendly entertainment. Do they love squirt guns? How about soccer? Bring colouring books, chalk, binoculars, cards, and all the games your kids love to play at home. Consider an extra tent to set up a playroom away from the sun and bugs.
Think about sleeping arrangements
If you’re camping with a baby, you’ll want to bring their transportable crib to your camping trip. That way, you won’t disturb their sleeping routine. A pack and play is another invaluable item that will ensure bugs are nowhere near your bundle of joy. A double camping cot will save space and offer more convenient set-up options. Sleeping bags and inflatable mattresses are super convenient for older kids who won’t make too big a fuss about changing their bed for a tent.
Ensure safe nights
Safety always comes first, so you’ll want to bring plenty of gadgets and tools to ensure a safe camping adventure. How do you plan to move around during the night? Flashlights and glow sticks are a few choices that always work well for campers. Headlamps are many campers’ favourites since they allow hands-free lighting. You can easily create a homemade glowing lantern for the table inside the tent if you put a headlamp around a jug of water. Safety should be at the highest level all day long, so teach your children never to taste any food they find in the woods, such as berries. Unless you’re experienced with plant identification, never try your luck. Teach the kids how to spot poisonous and dangerous plants, so they can stay away from them while camping and during other trips.
Camping with kids will be an invaluable opportunity to bond with them. When you decide it’s time to spend time with kids away from home, it’s essential that you do your research and pack all the necessities before you leave. Ensure everyone’s safety and always keep an eye out for the kids because their curiosity can lead them towards dangerous paths.