Camping with kids fills some parents with glee. How about you? Does the thought of the combination of kids and no modern conveniences keep you at home? If it keeps you home, you should reconsider! Camping with kids is one of the funnest things to do as a family. Let me show you some survival skills for camping with kids that might help you change your mind.
Great reasons to go camping with kids
There a lot of great reasons why you should go camping with kids! How about more peace and quiet? No electronic devices, no cell phones, fewer distractions, lovely scenery, and more family time are huge bonuses that come with going camping as a family. You might be surprised just how much you and your kids will enjoy spending quality time together in nature.
Planning for camping with kids
It’s true, if you’re going to go camping with kids, you can’t just grab a few items, jump in the car, and go. It does take a little thought and planning to be successful. But it doesn’t take any more planning than it does to jet off on a plane to the beach. Just a different kind. So what do you need to be successful at camping with kids?
Survival skills for camping with kids
To be successful at camping with kids, try these tips and tricks:
- Before you head off on your first overnight camping trip, practice in the backyard at home. This is a really good idea, especially if you have little kids who are unsure about a tent or sleeping outside. Camping in the backyard will show them how much fun it can be!
- Have the kids help you in the planning process. Ask them what they’d like to do while you’re camping–go on a hike? Catch some fish? Also get their input on food. If they are super excited about cooking hot dogs and s’mores over a fire, make sure it goes on the itinerary.
- Let the kids bring a couple of their favorite small toys and a couple of books along. This way, they won’t get bored. A camp spot is a great spot to do a lot of reading!
- If you can, pack the kids’ bikes. They’ll have a blast riding around the campground.
- Be aware of any fire restrictions and plan your time and meals accordingly.
- Get some large plastic totes to store and transport your camping supplies. Label them for “cooking,” “cleaning,” “games,” and other things as necessary. This helps keep everyone organized.
- Try geocaching during your camping trip. Kids love this!
- Take flashlights for every member of your family. Just after dusk, take a flashlight walk around the campground so the kids can get familiar with using their own flashlights.
- If the weather is going to be warm during the day or you’re camping near a river, take some water toys for cooling, wet fun.
Camping with kids should be one of the funnest family activities of the summer. And the memories they’ll have as they grow are unmatched! See our post for more ideas to keep kids entertained while camping.