5 Tips for Camping with Kids –
Warmer weather is here and for a lot of families that means plenty of camping and hiking happening! If you’ve got kids though, camping can be both a challenging situation and a dangerous one if you’re not careful. These 5 tips for camping with kids will help you make sure they are comfortable, having fun and most importantly, safe.
- Tent size is everything – Have you ever actually tried to fit 4 people into a tent that sleeps 4? If not, it’s really hard to do. By the time you fit 4 people, plus all of their gear, sleeping bags, pillows and more into a 4 person sleeper? You’re crammed together and no one is getting any comfortable sleep. Instead, go with one that sleeps 6 or 8 to give yourself; and your kids; some breathing room.
- Set clear boundaries – Kids are curious and when camping, that curious nature could get them hurt. As soon as you arrive, set clear boundaries as to where they are allowed to play, what they are allowed to touch and where they shouldn’t be messing.
- Keep things are normal as possible – Kids are creatures of habit and while they may be having a blast camping, they will also need their typically schedules. Try to help them wake at the same time, eat around the same times and so on. If not, you may end up with kid meltdown.
- Don’t forget their favorite – If your kiddo has a favorite toy or blanket, don’t make the mistake of leaving it at home. This is especially important for little ones who might be afraid of the dark, of sleeping in new place or of both. They will need and want the comfort that their favorite item brings. By the same token, don’t make the mistake of leaving it behind when you pack up camp. No one wins in that situation, trust me.
- Teach them – Camping and hiking are the perfect time to teach. Teach your kids about nature, teach them proper outdoor skills and of course, teach them to leave the campsite in better condition than you found it. Teaching them while they are young will help them to build a solid foundation on many of life’s needed skills and there is no one better to teach them than Mom or Dad.
Camping with kids can be a blast if you approach it right. Use these tips to help make your camping trip a memorable one and I guarantee your little ones will remember it for life. Do you have any other tips for camping with kids that I may have missed?