Camping with young children enhances the parent and children bond. It also helps to connect with real-life and decompress stressful weight in our life. Studies show families that camp together at least once a year their children are happier, healthier, and perform better in school.
Statistics reveal that;
- 98% of parents have realized camping helps their kids connect and appreciate nature.
- 93% it enhances their children self-reliance skills to assist them later in life
- 95% of Kids are happier and engaged while camping
Important stuff to consider while camping with children
- Try out on low budget equipment: Quality camping equipment needs serious investment. For the first time camper it advisable to borrow or purchase second-hand equipment then after your first camping experience you will have better knowledge on what exactly you may require for the next camping experience.
- Camp within: Choose a camping site that is not so far from home just in case you get overwhelmed by the weather, darkness, or lack of sleep you can easily park and return to your home.
- Understand how to use your staff: Know how to operate every gadget you carry to the camp, for example, fixing the tent, the warmers, etc.
- Pick your location carefully: Depending on the age of the children pick a location that best fits them. Some necessary things to look out for include;
– Camping pitch distance
– Camping rules regarding privacy (do they have regulations on loud music?)
– Do they have designated areas for family settings?
– Are campfires allowed?
– Available facilities like nature walk sites, cycle grounds within the campsite
-Safety within and around the campsite vicinity
-First Aid Measures in place
- Choose your Season wisely: During Summer is the best preferred time to camp with the young children. At this time, their bodies can at least self – regulate the temperatures without a lot of stress.
- Comfy Sleeping Equipment: Ensure your tent is strong and breathable. Bedding rolls from woolen sheets and blankets are the best to keep warm, especially on chilly early mornings.
- Get ready to reset time: Unless you are having a bonfire, sleeping time happens when dark sets in and waking up hints as soon as the sky sends rays of light, so get set to adjust.
- Back-up stove: With kids, you can never predict, they may need something to eat that needs to be warmed in the shortest time possible. A back-up stove comes in handy.
- Safety: Ensure there is enough air circulation in the tent when children are sleeping. Additionally, camping stoves should be kept a safe distance away from the tent.
- Brilliant Banana: The best snack to give kids while it is a banana.
- Head Torch: If possible, carry a torch for every camper. During nights they will remain independent, and you can engage freely with other activities. Ensure you place one next to where you sleep for easy reach in case one may need to visit the washrooms in the middle of the night.
- First Aid Kit: Ensure your first aid kit is well equipped with stuff like plasters, antiseptics, rash cream, infant paracetamol, and some piriton in case of an insect sting or any other irritants. Also, ensure it safely locked, preferably with a padlock to keep off the kids from accessing the medicines in your absence.
- Thermometer: You have a room thermometer to monitor the temperatures in the tent and dress the children accordingly as the weather changes.
- Groundsheet: Helps to protect the tent from stony ground and morning dew. Also, carry a doormat to place at the door of the tent for leaving dirty shoes on.
- String: Can be used for various purposes like
making a washing line outside, making a hanging line inside the tent. Also,
carry clothes pegs too.
- Toilet Roll: Even though most camping sites
may provide, it’s good to have your roll just in case in one of your nature
walks a child requires to answer to nature, and the loos are a distance away
- Folding washing bowl: This is essential for purposes of bathing the baby or washing clothes in the campsite.
- Portable Potty: For ultimate safety of the children, a portable potty will ensure they are safe from unnecessary toilet infections.
- Folding crate: Folding crate helps conserve space which is normally limited in a tent. You can store up cooking stuff, kids’ stuff and clothes.
- Variety of Indoor and outdoor play Items:
Kids get bored very quickly, to keep them engaged ensure you carry a variety of
play items like balls, cards, skipping ropes, coloring books, crayons and many
more. Also, you can get them involved in activities like tidying up stuff,
serving snacks, and any other activity they love doing.