Do you have any vacation plans in the works? Any thoughts of a big camping trip? If you have kids, you might be wondering if a camping trip is even feasible. It can be done! Lots of families take camping trips each and every year without incident, but it’s because they know the tips to follow when camping with kids.
Here are 10 tips for taking an epic summer camping trip with kids that will help you have the trip of a lifetime.
How to have a successful family camping trip
Schedule it — Be sure to call ahead or go online to reserve your campsite. Many campsites run out of reservations early in the season so don’t miss out on your spot! This is NOT the time to wing it.
Avoid primitive camping — Unless your kids are older and very adventurous, I would highly suggest camping in a campground with at least some amenities. Bathrooms, for example, are a great suggestion for those with little kids. You don’t want to have to teach your tiny kids how to relieve themselves in nature.
Leave electronics at home — Kids need time away from the screen as much as we do! Leave the tablets, phones, laptops at home and get to having fun in nature. That’s really the point of camping.
Be flexible — Sure, it’s great to plan activities during your camping trip, but don’t stress too hard if it doesn’t work out. When you have kids, you know that things don’t always work out as you had planned. Be flexible on what you do while you’re there.
Don’t pack too much — Parents have been known to pack too many clothes for any and all “just in case” situations. Try not to do that. You will have less clutter in your vehicle, which means everyone will be less crowded on the drive. This may seem unimportant, but trust me, it will make a difference.
Plan your menu — Cooking while camping is fun, but not super easy, especially if you aren’t prepared. Make sure to plan your menu in advance so that you have all of the ingredients and supplies that you need.
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Get to the campground during the day — Make sure to leave early enough in the day so you arrive when it’s still light. It’s difficult to set up camp in the dark, even without kids, let alone when you have little ones running around.
Stick to the routine — If your kids are little, be sure to stick to your regular routine. Dinner, bedtime, etc. This will help the kids sleep during the night, even with the change in scenery.
Stick to typically nicer weather dates — Of course you can never predict the weather in advance, but try not to take the kids camping when the weather is cold and/or rainy. Kids don’t want to go camping and be stuck in the rain or freezing in the snow. Plan a summer camping trip where they will be comfortable!
Just have fun — No need to put too much stress on it, just go and have fun. The kids will love the relaxed atmosphere if you don’t put too much stress on it.
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Do you have any tips for parents looking to take their first camping trip with the kids? We would love to hear your input!
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You have an amazing post! Our family loves to have fun and camping outdoors is one of our plans this year. After Covid-19 is gone, we are going to do some of your tips to experience happy camping!