Camping with kids - omg!
So you've been camping 100 times before you had kids, but the thought of going camping now you have kids seems quite daunting.
Don't let it be hard work. With just a little planning and practice, you'll be as comfortable as you've ever been.
The key to a successful camping trip is all in the planning.
Find a quiet time, after the kids have gone to bed or when they're away with the grandparents.
Get a pen and paper and start making notes.
Visualize the steps involved in getting from home to fully functional campsite. As you think through it, just make notes of things you'll need to pack, schedule, and prepare for.
Consider doing it in general steps first and then drill down on each item to be sure you cover all the details. For example, start with camping safety, then practical day to day activities.
This is not something to do at the last minute. If you have a full-time job and kids to take care of, you'll need at least a couple of weeks to think through the plan.
Spend some time on the plan, then set it aside. As you go through the rest of your activities you'll think of more things to add to your plan.
Use our simple camping guide to help you decide what essential items you need to pack, or check out our tips on picking a good large family camping tent Of perhaps you'd prefer a caravan or campervan.
Check what we believe are the benefits of a campervan.
Also take the time to teach your family some important camping safety tips
An important thing to consider with kids camping is 'what on earth will they do all day?' Check out our list of traditional camping games for kids.
And why not consider buying some cheap yet entertaining games for camping. These printables are great for keeping the family entertained in the evening, or if it's wet. Check it out.
Although it can seem like camping with kids takes an unbelievable amount of planning and packing, it can be one of the most rewarding adventures your family will experience.
The kids will learn about team work, individual responsibility, and they may even become life long outdoors people, too. That can only be a healthy thing.
Think of the memories you will make with them! Be sure to get photos occasionally, because that will help them keep those memories alive.
Why not ease into it by starting out with backyard camping.
And whilst activities and games are of the utmost importance so is food. 'What will they eat?' There are only so many sausages in bread any kid can eat.
Additional to this, all kids like the idea of cooking themselves, so ensure you pack the appropriate ingredients to cover all those great kids camping recipes.
Combine this with our camping food ideas to ensure a fun and healthy experience for everyone.
A combination of great activities and a good diet when camping will see the kids be entertained and happy for hours on end, which will in turn make your camping experience a relaxing one.
Check out our Top 10 'must haves' when considering what camping equipment kids need.
"Teaching children about the natural world should be treated as one of the most important events in their lives." - Thomas Berry