Have you ever thought about camping for kids? Trekking into the wilderness can be complicated enough for adults, but what about doing it with your children? The rules change when you’re bringing the kids along. You need to pay a lot more attention to preparedness and safety. Here are a few tips about camping with your children that’ll help you if you’re heading into the woods.
The whole family can enjoy a camping trip if it’s done right. However, if you want to make sure you have happy little campers, you’re going to need to think ahead. The great outdoors can throw a lot of problems at you, and you’ve got to be ready. That means making a list of important items you’re going to need so you won’t forget a thing. Camping for kids means you’ll have to deal with more injuries, so the first thing on the list should be a well stocked first aid kit, complete with everything from bandages to cough syrup.
Bring individual water bottles and daily snacks for hiking, since kids can’t go as long without food or water as adults. Make sure each kid has his or her own flashlight to prevent fights over who gets the communal one. Remember that weather can be extremely unpredictable, and pack twice the amount of clothing you’d bring for yourself. After all, dirty or damp clothes can make kids a handful. Bring two pairs of shoes for each child in case one is soaked, and look for clothes that are easy to layer and which will hold up to dirt and outside wear.
In general, you’ll want to make sure your kids are covered up. Some climates are shorts-friendly, but sticker bushes, sharp rocks, ticks and other hazards mean that short clothes can be a problem. Don’t forget the hat, either. It’ll protect your child from the sun. Add that to a good sunblock and you’ll have less concern about sunscreen.
Make sure the kids are capable of treating the site as home for a few days. Camping for kids requires more time to familiarize them with the area, so take a walk around the site and point out possible problems. Make sure you have some good rules and boundaries that you can communicate to them. After all, they don’t necessarily know basic camping safety. Make sure to pitch tents early and allow kids to help arrange their sleeping space. If they spend time in the tent during the day, it’ll feel more like home and be less likely to cause problems in the night.
It’s not hard to adjust your camping for kids and their needs. You just have to take a little bit of time and think about the differences between an adult’s needs and a child’s, then pack accordingly. Plan ahead and you and your little campers will have a great trip.