Do you have plans of going camping with your kids any time soon? Well, camping with kids is a very enjoyable activity, and a walk in the park if you prepare for it properly. However, it can be a complete dread if the planning is done inappropriately.
Boredom is a very bad thing when it comes to camping with kids. These little ones need total excitement, and when they miss that, believe me they will be totally irritable and cranky. This article is a sure fire way, that you need to ensure that camping with your is easy and stress free.
Camping with kids
Every kid dreams of getting fresh air away from the crowded modern life. There are amazing sceneries in camping ground, glimpse of wildlife, and a vast of starlit nights that are breathtaking to a kid.
Nature has great impact on a kid’s full sensory experience. While on a camping trip, it is easy to initiate anything in the life of kid in an easy and effective way. Young adventurous, have key characters of staying obedient and patient.
While camping looks blissful in hindsight, you need to understand how to pack a full station wagon of tents, life jackets, first aid kits, extra water bottles, and clothing among other things, easily and without missing anything. Organizing the items well will also save you the ache of packing and unpacking the gear during the trip.
Essentials for camping with kids
You need to be very keen on every essential camping gear for kids and for you, else you will ruin the entire experience. For extra ordinary conditions like camping for fishing training, camping in extreme weather or camping with infants, include additional items such as baby sleeping bag, a good fly fishing reel if you attend to fishing trout, grayling and salmon… and rain jackets as well as clothing for the cold weather.
Camping made easy and stress free
Sure, camping with kids can be a fun and a stress free experience if you keenly pack all the essentials and follow other tips below. Besides, ensure the kids are involved in all the preparations among others so that they can be part of the good time share.
Practice camping before the actual trip
This should happen mostly if it is your kids’ first outdoor activity. A prior to the trip experience will enable you to judge what you are likely to experience during the outdoor activity. All you require is to get a tent and the let the kids hang out the whole day in it, then you can all sleep in it, to help adapt sleeping in a new environment.
For a trial run practice, you can visit a park close to your home a day before the overnight trip. Get to the lakeshore, and experiment some activities while you observe your kids to see their reactions in such a place. Always note what excites them during these trials, and what they dislike in order to make corrections for an easy and stress free camping experience.
Make preparations for the trip
Start by firing up the camping trip experience to make the kids enthusiastic and excited about it. Decide on the destination by asking the kids on what they plan to see or do, to avoid frustrating their expectations.
While following an essential packing checklist, allow the kids to park their gear so that, you can carry what they like. Double check after they have packed to make sure that everything is there before you step out of your home.
Help your kids stay organized by packing their personal items in a distinct manner. These should be packed differently and labeled for identification. Encourage them to return the items to the exact place, always after use.
Try as much as possible to make the camping ground more like home to the kids. Allow them to carry their favorite toys and playing items to reduce the strangeness, and make the camping ground look familiar to the kids. Camping with another family, helps your kids to have playing mates hence chances of being bored are reduced.
Burn ban is really fun for kids while in a camping site. Always inquire if your destined campground permits campfires and let your kids know if it’s allowed or not to avoid disappointments. Bringing bikes could add more fun to the kids in case they enjoy riding.
At the camping ground
Have a positive attitude about everything and encourage your kids as well. Though it may be hectic to walk 6 campsites down to a bathroom, make it fun, and let the kids enjoy running down there.
Let everyone be aware of a distinct location for every item. Good organization will help in maintaining order and saving time, for instance, let everyone know that spoons are in the red jug and shoes are in the black sack. Use landmarks or campsite number, to orientate the kids on their campsite location to avoid getting lost.
Be safe at the camping grounds. It is important to seek information regarding wildlife in your area of visit prior to going there, to make safe plans. For safety measures, let the adult lead, in order to exercise precautions in case of any wildlife encounter. While out collecting firewoods, children should have an easy to alert the adult of any emergency.
Fun outdoor activities for your kids
Exploring the nature around your camping grounds is amazingly breath taking for you and the kids. Enjoy watching the wildlife, identify birds, let the kids examine the rocks and check out bugs. Watching clouds and constellations is awesome too.
Multiple skip fling game, flying toys, discs and kits, and water fun games keep the kids active and entertained. Help the lids learn new things such as fishing among others. Educational games such as foot bags and marshmallow launcher is skills sharpening and entertaining.
Establish rules immediately you get to the camping site, to ensure that everything is well coordinated. Let the kids note the boundaries they should not cross by themselves to enhance safety. However, let the kids stay jovial and active by being less strict during activities and participating fully with them. Follow this video for more details on making camping easy with your kids.
Create great lasting memories with your family, spend time together and have fun connecting with the nature through a stress free and memorable camping trip!
About the Author
Hi! I’m Demi Rose, I love to share everything I know about enjoying and surviving the outdoors, especially camping and fishing. Wherever you love to go outdoors, you will find interesting and informational articles on my blog.