Camping With Kids – Here’s What You Should Know Before

Camping With Kids – Here’s What You Should Know Before
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    Camping is an experience that most people rate pretty highly as one of the things that have stuck with them throughout their childhood and beyond.


They remember it because it is such a strong emotional experience (in a positive way). It leaves an imprint on the mind, and this is something that everyone should have the opportunity to experience.

If you are a parent who is looking to go camping with kids, you will greatly benefit from the following parenting tips on how to make the experience magical for everyone.

Plan Ahead For Comfortable Spaces To Go Camping

Camping with kids demands that you look for somewhere that is reasonably comfortable and easy to access. You have to remember that your children are probably experiencing camping for the very first time. They are not wanting to go with a roughing it kind of experience. They will want something that is a lot easier to do, and that means planning ahead in terms of choosing the location of your camping trip.

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It is best to look for a campground that is listed as kid-friendly, and it is probably best to do camping out of your car, van, SUV, or RV. You may bring a camping tent with you that you can set up right next to your vehicle to get a little closer to the real experience of camping, but you are certainly not going to want to rough it entirely.

Don’t Overpack

You are probably going to have it in your head that your child may need a variety of different things while out on a camping trip, but he or she really only need some of the basics. They are more self-sufficient than you are probably giving them credit for. Part of the experience of going camping is to give up some of the comforts from home and experience the real world the way that it really is.

Take some items from home that you know that you will need like a change of clothes, some food and water, and some first-aid supplies. Beyond that, every item that you pack up should be considered an extra.

Remember Weather Conditions

You ought to have a close eye on the weather conditions that you are looking to camp at. You should know before you ever leave the house how you will handle different weather conditions that could arise.

Mainly, you will want to keep an eye out for hazardous conditions like thunderstorms or snow, but other things like the wind are important factors as well. You need to keep yourself and your child comfortable no matter what the conditions may bring.

Keep The Routine The Same

Parenting tips regarding going camping with children include keeping the routine that you and your child have the same as it usually is. What this means is that you need to try to get them into bed just as soon as they normally would go to bed at home. They should eat around the same time that they would at home as well.

Keep in mind that they are away from home and probably nervous about their new environment. Keeping it basically the same as home as much as you can will help with these situations.

Try To Go On A Digital Detox

This tip is just as much for the parents as it is for the children, but you should go on a digital detox when you are out camping. This is the best way to form new memories that will last for a long time.

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Basically, children have a better chance of making a lasting impression from an event that does not have digital distractions included. They can play with all of those electronic toys anytime when they are at home. The camping trip is about forming new experiences.

Make Sure They Are Not Scared

It is pretty easy for a young child to be afraid of things that they don’t have firsthand experience with including the outdoors and camping. Make sure that you explain to them that you are going to be right there with them the whole time.

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That should help ease any concerns that they might have about going on this trip with you.

Author’s BIO:
Mark Bennett is an American writer and traveler, whose major inspiration has been camping with his father ever since his childhood. He aims to visit 75 countries before he’s 30. You can also follow his adventures on his site Outdoorily.

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