7 Tips for Camping with Kids
Have you ever watched a farmer try to corral a horse that doesn’t want to be? Camping with kids can often be a feat that is just as impossible. Kids get out into the open wooded area and suddenly their little legs want to fly, their mouths open in wide screams of joy and they’re in their “zone.” While it would be awesome if parents could allow their kids to run until their hearts are content, unfortunately, doing so poses a lot of dangers for them. Check out these 7 tips for camping with kids before you head out. Keep them in mind and you’ll all have a safe (and fun!) camping trip.
Most people will want a campfire when they go camping. After all, they do go hand in hand together. With kids though, you’ll need to be absolutely certain that they understand how dangerous that fire can be. Be sure that they know not to play around (or Heaven forbid in the fire pit itself) as well as knowing how to put it out properly.
Navigation in the woods
No, your kids probably won’t be tearing off through the trees alone that often, but the chances of them getting lost are big enough that you need to teach them what to do if they do happen to get lost. For smaller kids, the sit down and wait for help lesson works well and for older kids, you have a choice between sit down and wait or teaching them to find their way out. You know your children best and will know which option will work for them.
Plenty of light
If you’re camping with smaller kids, they may be afraid of the dark and things that howl in the night. To help make them more comfortable, make sure that you have a camp lantern on hand as well as that you’ve given them their own flashlight. They can beat back the monsters at night with the beam to help them feel secure.
Kids get bored easily so be sure you plan enough entertainment for them. Things like Red Rover games, scavenger hunts and more will all help them to stay interested without feeling overwhelmed.
Comforts of Home
If your little one has a special blanket, pillow or book? Be sure to bring it with you on your camping trip. Any parent will tell you that the last thing you want out there is a major meltdown because their blankie got left behind. Also? Be absolute certain you bring it with you when you head home.
Feed them well
Your kids are going to want to eat on the same schedule they do at home so be sure you keep meal time around the same time. To help them fill in and stay energetic, make sure you bring plenty of high protein snacks for them in between and plenty of water.
It can be so easy to get caught up in what you’re doing that you forget to do the one thing you came there for…have fun. Play with your kids, show them awesome campfire yummies, relax and do what you went camping to do; relax and enjoy your family time.