13 Tips for Camping with Children
Date: 05 Sep 2018
Camping is a great way to spend time with your children and make family memories that last a lifetime. Camping can expose children to sounds and sights that they wouldn’t usually have at home, as well provide ample opportunities for fun adventures and exploration.
When camping with children preparation is the key, so we’ve put together a list of top tips to make a successful family camping trip:
- Check that your campsite is child friendly – This may sound obvious but not all campsites are, so make sure you check before you book.
- Double check you have everything you need – Before setting off, make sure you have all the pieces to your tent, including poles, spare tent pegs, mallet, fly sheets, and inside pods.
- Take your child on a tour of the campsite – To make sure that they understand where the boundaries are if you are thinking of letting them play away from you. If they aren’t old enough to play nearby, keep them with you at all times.
- Keep potentially dangerous items locked/stored away - Store all gas canisters, matches and medicines in your vehicle or locked with a padlock in a rucksack to ensure that they are out of the reach of children.
- Decorate your tent – This makes it easier for the children to find amongst other benefits i.e. including bells on zippers (alerts parents to children leaving the tent for the toilet), glow sticks or solar lights near guy ropes (to stop any trips, especially when going to the toilet at night!)
- Cooking meals - Never cook meals inside a tent. Always ensure this is done with the maximum amount of ventilation.
- Bring plenty of snacks – Most of your time is going to be spent outside which means that everyone will be hungrier than usual. Meals can also take longer to prepare so it’s a good idea to have snacks to hand to tide over hungry bellies.
- Plan activities – Make sure you have plenty of activities planned such as scavenger hunts, badminton, football, hula hooping and rock painting. We also recommend bringing along some games to play indoors, especially when it’s bad weather - colouring books, board games, card games and I spy are all great ideas.
- But don’t over plan – Write down the places and activities that you would like to do as a family and then sort them into whether they are suitable for ‘rainy’ or ‘fair weather’ days in order of importance. Always understand that you may not get round to do all of them!
- Get the children involved – Ensure you arrive at the site in good daylight so they can help with putting up the tent, setting up cooking areas and finding out where to get water, wash the dishes etc.
- Stay warm and dry – Always take spare coats, blankets and socks. To keep warm at night, invest in a pop up or inflatable bed appropriate to the age of your child. Children love having their own camping bed and the air pocket creates a comfortable surface as well as providing a bridge between the cold ground.
- Enjoy the great outdoors – Whether this be through nature walks, bike rides or geocaching, camping is all about embracing the outdoors and going on exciting new adventures!
- Relax - Adults need time off too! Camping gets you away from everyday life and routine so make sure you take things at your own pace.