How to Camp with Kids
It can be daunting, but if you know what you’re doing it can be a wonderful experience for your family’s memory book.
Over pack clothes: You will likely need clothing for all kinds of weather since it may be warm during the day and chilly at night. Also, with small children, unforeseen things happen all the time.
Don’t forget favorite toys: Special toys are even more important when kids are in an unfamiliar environment. You should also bring outdoor toys like balls, beach toys and even bikes if you have a way to pack them.
Bring a first aid kit and medicines: It’s always good to have these things so you don’t find yourself driving on a curvy mountain road in the middle of the night.
Easy to prepare food: Find things that are easy to prepare on a camp stove or use cold food. Don’t forget marshmallows, chocolate and graham crackers to make s’mores around the campfire.
Sleeping accommodations: A big family tent is a good option unless you have older children who can sleep in their own tent. Also bring sleeping bags as well as pads or cots. A travel crib is a good option for babies.
Dirt: Getting dirty while camping is inevitable. Don’t let it ruin your fun. Keep a stash of hand sanitizer and baby wipes. Some campsites have coin-operated showers if everyone gets too grubby.
Stay organized: Keep important items in fixed locations. It can be really frustrating trying to find your son’s favorite sippy cup in an stuffed bear locker.
Give your kids jobs: Kids like to feel involved. If your child is old enough, give them camp chores like collecting firewood or washing dishes.
Be safe: Make sure your kids always have access to a flashlight or headlamp.
Wildlife: Ask rangers about wildlife activity in the area. Make sure your child knows about proper food storage and how to react if there’s an up-close encounter.
Enjoy nature: This is a great opportunity to get your kids interested in different aspects of nature such as wildlife, trees and constellations.
Be active: Camping is also a great time to be active. Hiking, swimming, bike riding and kayaking are great activities.