Camping trips can provide the ultimate family adventure. But camping divides people into two groups; those that love it and those that hate it. Even though I fall into the latter category, I will admit that camping trips have come along way since my school days where I was stuck in a leaky tent in the middle of nowhere. For me, the introduction of glamping has made all the difference. Glamping with kids can be fun and enjoyable, but what about camping with kids?
For busy parents, setting off camping with the kids can provide a welcome escape from the fast pace of everyday life – get back to nature and spend some quality time together as a family. And you don’t necessarily have to stay in tents.
Why Camping with kids?
As far as family holidays go, camping is about as traditional as it gets. The novelty factor of a camping trip is something that appeals to kids and can provide them with some special childhood memories that they will remember forever. Camping offers the ultimate opportunity to spend time away from gadgets and computer games, to get kids out and about in the fresh air and spend time in nature.
The lack of distractions means that you can spend quality time together in each other’s company. Planning your camping trip will help it to be as relaxing as possible. As every parent knows, when you are going anywhere with kids, you need to be as prepared as possible to avoid stressful situations. This is especially true of family camping holidays, where you could find yourselves more isolated.
Choose Your Location Carefully
Before deciding on a location, you will need to think about what you want from your holiday. Do you want to unleash your adventurous side and live off-grid channelling your inner Bear Grylls? Or do you want somewhere near the coast so that you can spend your days surfing, relaxing on the beach and building sandcastles?
Once you know just how far into the wilderness you want to go, and the kinds of activities that you plan to do, you will be in a far better position to find a location that gives you what you want. If you’re having trouble deciding, why not get the kids to help you pick?
Pick the Right Accommodation
A quick web search for campsites will bring up a wide choice of safari tents, shepherd’s huts, and eco pods. However, if you’re someone that likes their home comforts and you plan on camping a lot, you will probably prefer to sort out your own base.
Campervans are the ultimate home from home, enabling you to have the freedom to stay on the move without worrying about where you will be sleeping at night. If you don’t own a campervan, caravan, or family camping tents to stay in, make sure that you research the campsite you will be staying at. If you are going to book accommodation such as a bell tent or camping pod, for example, you will want to ensure that it is suitable for your family. To avoid unwanted stress, take some time to read reviews and check across a range of different websites to find out as much information as you can before booking.
As much as parents wish quarrels didn’t happen, kids can be getting on great one minute and then tearing strips off each other the next!
Going on a camping trip means that everyone will be spending a lot of time together in a confined space. So to banish ill-feelings, it makes sense to plan some ideas that will help you to keep arguments to a minimum.
Ensuring that everyone has their own space can be difficult, but setting aside a small chill-out area is the ideal solution to help with this. VW Camper Awnings are the perfect way to create extra space if you are staying in a campervan. They will enable you to have an additional area for people to spend time in if they want their own space, as well as providing plenty of extra space for you to spread out your belongings.
The phrase, ‘I’m bored,’ is one that parents dread to hear. Pick a campsite that has plenty of space for running around and activities for kids. Bring along balls and rackets so that the kids can enjoy spending time in the fresh air. To get truly into the spirit of a camping adventure, why not head out on a nature hunt to explore the area you are staying in? Just make sure that you don’t get lost! Before you travel, you could download a geocaching app and then use it while you are away to go on an exciting hunt for hidden treasures.
Don’t forget to pack activities that can be played inside, too. Card games are perfect, and a board game or two is also a great idea. Colouring books, and sticker activity books will also help to keep boredom at bay, and are perfect for winding down and enjoying some quiet time, or if the weather isn’t so sunny and dry.
Pack the Essentials
Knowing what to pack for a camping trip can be tricky, and you may be tempted to bring along most of the contents of your home! Here are some of the things that you won’t want to be without on your trip:
• First aid kit – hopefully, you will not need to use a first aid kit during your trip, but it is best to be prepared just in case. Ensure that your kit is well-stocked and up to date
• Snacks – pack plenty of snacks for your trip to ensure that no one goes hungry while you are away. Having food that’s ready to eat will come in extremely useful between meals, especially if the kids are running around burning off lots of energy.
• Layers – it is far easier to dress the kids in layers when camping. Temperatures can change dramatically, so even if it was hot during the day, at night, and first thing in the morning, it can be chilly. Wearing layers that can be removed or added as necessary should keep everyone comfortable.