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7 TIPS FOR CAMPING WITH KIDS

One of life’s simple pleasures is having a fun time with your kids, and camping is an activity that screams fun. The good thing is, the Outback has a lot of great beaches and bushlands that have great camping sites. When there are kids around,  it’s going to be a different experience compared to when you go camping with friends or other adults. Here are a few things to keep in mind to ensure your camping trip with your kids goes smoothly.

PLAN OUT YOUR TRIP

You can’t just wing it. Since the kids will be involved, you have to take special considerations to make them comfortable and happy. Family getaways are a lot more fun when planned properly. Make a checklist of activities you’ll be doing, as well as the things you need to bring. Checklists are essential so you won’t end up forgetting essential camping gear as well as helping you with your packing process.

HEAD OUT EARLY

This is crucial. You need to head out to your camping site earlier, so you’ll have lots of time to set up your campsite. It’s a lot better to set up tents and other gear when there’s still plenty of daylight. And when arrive, don’t forget to invite the kits to pitch the tent with you. It’s a fun activity to get the kids involved in.

INVOLVE YOUR KIDS

Speaking of pitching the tent with your kids, not only is getting your kids involved with the camp set up a practical choice, but it’s also a good way to teach them new skills. You can also get them involved in the planning process. Ask them what activities they want to do, the food they want to eat and other stuff. This will make them feel more passionate about the trip and perhaps, put more effort into the activities.

CHILD-FRIENDLY LOCATION

When choosing a campsite, select a child-friendly site so that they can enjoy the trip as much as you do. The campground must have amenities such as a communal cooking area, shower rooms, clean bathrooms and etc. This will help them feel more comfortable and allow them to enjoy the trip a lot more.

TEACH YOUR KIDS CAMPING SAFETY AND COURTESY

Camping etiquette is very important. Since you’ll be choosing a child-friendly location, chances are, there’ll be other people camping there too. Teach your kids not to be a bother to the other campers. Besides that, camp safety is also another important thing your kids need to learn. Teach them the do’s and don’ts of camping.

KEEP YOUR KIDS OCCUPIED

Encouraging kids to be active by letting them do activities like scavenger hunts, hikes or other fun stuff will help make the trip much more memorable. Even allowing them to help with the chores is already a big plus. Also, make sure they don’t bring toys that can distract them from enjoying the outdoors. After all, you’re there to experience what nature has to offer.

PATIENCE

When going camping with your kids, you’re bound to hear that dreaded question “Are we there yet?” more than you like to. Be patient. Before travelling to your campsite, set your kids’ expectations on the travel time so they won’t keep bugging you. If it helps, show them the map and explain to them how to get there. That can help ease their impatience and yours, too.

Camping with your kids is a different experience, but definitely will be a memorable one. You’ll need patience, lots of patience. But, camping with children can be one of the most rewarding experiences as a parent. Follow the tips I’ve mentioned above to make your camping trip all the more fun.


 

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Kimberly Powell
kimberly.powell@dinga.com.au

Kimberly loves camping, cooking, travelling and animals. She's turned her hand to writing to share her experience.