The great outdoors are a great way to unplug and reconnect with a family. Why not extend that hike you had planned and turn it into a camping adventure? Camping with kids isn’t as hard as some think. With the right planning, it can be a whole lot of fun too!
1. Pick your site with the help of your kids.
Give them a few options that are in areas that you are interested in and go over some of the things that they can see and do at each one of the different campsites. They will be more eager to head out if they are a part of the decision process.
2. Pack for ALL weather.
We all know that the weather forecasters don’t get it right every day and Mother Nature has lots of tricks up her sleeves. Even though it is hot, rain may come in heavy and fast and little Johnny is going to be miserable if he doesn’t have warm, dry clothes to change into. If it is cold, pack lots of layers so you can let go of them one at a time as you warm up from the activity or the sun beating down on you.
3. Flashlights, batteries and extra batteries are a necessity.
Besides the obvious reason of using flashlights for safety reasons, they are also the one thing that may help your child feel more at peace when the sun goes down. The dark can be scary enough in their own comfortable bedroom but add in the sounds of the great outdoors and knowing that there could be wild animals lurking about…well, it can make for a rough bedtime. Let them know that it is okay to keep a flashlight next to them as they sleep. Allow them to fall asleep with a smaller flashlight left on like a nightlight. You’ll all get a good night’s rest and be up for another day of adventure.
4. Pack delicious not tasteless camp food.
Pack things that you know your kids will love to snack on in a dry container and a cooler. Head over to Pinterest and find some amazing campfire recipes. You don’t have to settle for hot dogs and beans (unless you want to). Let your kids pick one meal and help you pack everything that you’ll need to cook it. They’ll learn what goes into packing and planning and feel a part of it all.
5. Bring some comforts of home.
Allow your kids to pack a few small toys and some games you can play in/and or out of your tent before bedtime. They can not only help with, “I’m bored!” but they can also calm them from a day of a lot of activity and fun.
6. HAVE FUN!
Take some time to go over the rules to keep everyone safe but remember that you are out there to make memories that will last a lifetime. Play, laugh and remember what it was like to be a kid yourself. Make it an adventure that they will remember with fondness. Make it an adventure they will want to do again and again.
What do you love about camping?