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Camping with Kids – How to Prepare


Camping with children

Nature can be a great teacher, and being in nature can be a great experience for children. That being said, family camping trips can also be anxiety inducing for parents – there are so many things that can go wrong! Still, that’s not a reason to avoid camping altogether – here are some camping tips that you should keep in mind if you’re planning to take your children camping – by keeping all these things in mind and preparing adequately, you can make sure that a weekend spent camping is fun for the whole family!


Before an Overnight Camping trip:

Practice camping in your home: If your youngsters are unfamiliar with being in the outdoors, pitch a camping tent in the backyard or perhaps inside your residence. Allow them socialize in it and even let them sleep it so they get familiar with this novel sleeping environment.


Take a dry run: Before your overnighter, attempt a family-only day trip at in a location that is reasonably close to home. Spend a half-day or so near a lake or at a nearby park and see how your kids respond to the experience.


Take notes: Make reminder for yourself on these test trips – E.G you might note that you want to bring more snacks, or get everybody to wear long sleeves to prevent mosquito bites.


Preparing for a Journey

Teach them about Essentials: Teach your kids what they should be bringing – the bare minimums – on any camping or hiking trip. First, ask them what kind of problems they think they may encounter – and then draw from those ideas and discuss what equipment and gear would help prevent or mitigate those problems. Bare essentials for a camping trip would include:


First Aid Kit: Absolutely essential. Probably the most important thing to bring – tell your kids that they should never go on any sort of outdoors excursion without a basic first aid kit on hand.


Flashlight: Another completely essential item – and doubly so if you’re planning to camp out in the wild. If you don’t have a good, outdoors suitable flashlight on hand, we suggest you check out this Fenix LD22 review or this review of the NiteCore TM 26. Both are great flashlights for camping – their lightweight, durable, and straightforward to use.


More essentials:

Pack of Matches



Maps and Compass

Alternate Weather Wear

Pocket Knife


Be passionate: Why should youngsters be fired up about a camping trip if their parents aren’t excited? Get excited so that your kids will be excited too! You’ll be surprised how much children feed off their parents energy.


Involve your youngsters: Make travel preparation a fun thing that you do together. Involve your kids, ask them if they have any suggestions or ideas of how to pack, where to go, etc. Also, don’t ask and then ignore their suggestions – if they’re good, utilize them, and if not, explain why you can’t do stuff.


Kids as packers: Offer kids the responsibility to pack their very own outdoor camping equipment in the house (using a list you’ve created). A parent should double-check a youngster’s packing work prior to leaving residence.


Be safe: Your youngsters must always bring a whistle (show them to blow it if they come to be separated from you) as well as have very easy accessibility to a flashlight or headlamp. Affix a lanyard to both the whistle and also light and also connect them to one of the kid’s belt loopholes.


Wildlife: Ask park rangers about any wild animals in the location you are planning to visit. As the adult, you have to know the risks and how to mitigate them (e.g store your food safely to avoid wild animals entering yur campsite). Educate your children regarding the importance of not feeding wildlife (it detrimentally changes their food-gathering patterns) as well as treating wildlife with respect and care so everyone remains safe.


5 OUTDOOR Things to do with your Screen-Obsessed Kids

outside play

Are you tired of seeing your children glued to the sofa playing video games when it’s a beautiful day? Well, it’s time to round them up and force them outside for some real-life fun!


Even if your budget plan’s tight, you can have so much fun and so many adventures at a park. Whether your local park is a tiny community green space or an extensive national forest, make the most of your closest green space and prepare a trip for the entire family, no matter how young or old your kids are. Use these suggestions to get your entire family off the couch and out into the sunlight for some healthy and balanced, cost-free (or low-cost), outdoors fun!


Just go PLAY

If you’re bringing the little ones, scope out the neighbourhood area for parks – even if it’s just a small, local playground area, going with your kids gives you a workout and gives them the ability to play outside. See-saws, giant slides, ape bars, pint-sized zip-lines and also mini rock-climbing walls are all things that you should encourage your kids to try and play with at the better local park play areas. Load some sun block, treats and juice boxes and head to the park for some vigorous, full body exercise on your part and healthy, in-the-sun fun with your kids.


Picnic time!


Get a basket and a blanket, and have an awesome, healthy, relaxing time on the grass in your local park. If you’re heading somewhere further afield (like a national park that has lakes and rivers), even better – you can stay cool in the afternoon sun and spend a whole day outside with your kids – remember, no tablets, phones, or games allowed – this outdoor time is the time you want to bond with your family and create memories, not just for playing angry birds.


Sports are fun too!


Many local parks have tennis courts, and areas for football, soccer, and baseball. Get your kids to join a local youth league and be one of those crazy parents that’s super supportive of their kid’s little league game. This is definitely something they’ll remember when they’re older. Let your kids pursue their own outdoor interests no matter what it is – any time your kid spends outdoor is a good thing in this screen-dominant world.


Learn about Nature!


Kids know so little about plants and animals these days – you wouldn’t believe how many kids I’ve met that have never seen a beaver! State and national parks are typically chock-full of incredibly interesting and diverse wildlife – get your kids out there and teach them about nature! You can even bring guides and books with you to learn about this stuff together! This is fun AND educational!


Kids these days spend way too much time indoors – it’s time to get your kids out there and teach them how to have fun without looking at a screen. Get your kids active early in life and they will build a lifelong habit of spending time outdoors. People who spend time doing outdoor stuff have been shown to be healthier, happier, and all-around better off! So what are you waiting for? Get off the internet and take your kids outside!