Taking the kids for a long-weekend camping is one of the best ways to spend a few days. You can escape the hectic buzz of daily life, and find some peace and quiet. (Well, as much peace and quiet you can have when the kids are around!) It’s a great way to teach them about the outdoors, and let them run wild in nature. Let’s put down the phones, iPads, and video games. Let’s get out into the wild for a while. It helps refresh the whole family, and it’s a holiday the kids will love. But, how do you make sure everything goes to plan?
Start small – If you’ve never been on a family camping trip before, it’s always best to start small. Start with one night away to see how everyone copes. Camping together as a family isn’t always the easiest experience, with everyone living on top of each other! Will the kids enjoy themselves, and will you find plenty to keep you all occupied? Best International Winter Camp 2022 most importantly, how early will the arguments break out? Try just a short camping trip close to home to start with. If everyone loves the experience, you can try something longer.
Use a camper van – Sleeping in a tent isn’t everyone’s cup of tea. It’s cold, uncomfortable, and often terrifying for youngsters. Instead, try taking a motorhome or RV. It has all the home comforts, including a kitchen, warm water, and real beds. You’ll all get a good night’s sleep. You’ll stay warm, and have plenty of food kept on site. You’ll still get to wake up, and open the doors onto the great outdoors. But, it’s a more comfortable experience.
Get the right gear – Exploring the outdoors is all about preparation. Going camping without the right gear is only going to end in tears! Make sure you take plenty of warm clothing, thermals, and lots of thin layers. If you are sleeping in tents, invest in a weather-protective option, and buy the warmest sleeping bags you can afford. Don’t forget to take a stove, utensils, and fire-starting equipment. Lastly, don’t forget your hygiene basics and a first aid kit.
Look for good amenities – When you’re choosing a campsite or location, always look for the amenities on offer. You’re looking for a site with excellent bathroom and washing facilities. Staying clean is a crucial part of comfortable camping. Make sure the campsite has access for this. Ideally, you want a site that is the perfect balance between modern facilities and isolation. The best of both worlds!
Make it fun! – When you plan everything correctly, camping is a lot of fun! Make sure you plan lots of activities for you and the kids. Tell ghost stories, roast marshmallows on the fire, and play games around the campsite. Go for a beautiful hike or try fishing for the first time!
Have you survived (and enjoyed) a family camping trip? Have you got any other great tips to share with our readers? Please let me know in the comments below!