Camping is a fun and relatively inexpensive vacation that you can easily take with the whole family – with a little preparation.
It’s a great way to get away from the technology-driven world and get some quality time together. Plus, camping is a great opportunity to teach your kids to appreciate the beauty of nature.
In this article, we’re discussing our top five family camping tips to keep everyone happy, healthy, and having fun.
First Time? Do a Trial Run
The last thing you want to do is get all the way to your campsite, only to realize that you don’t have all of the necessary supplies.
Doing a trial run of setting up your tent and other supplies is a great way to make sure you have what you need and can sleep comfortably.
Plus, a trial run can be a great way to introduce kids to camping. By setting up the tent in the backyard or even the living room, kids will feel the sense of adventure and get excited about the trip.
Set Up a Washing Station
The great outdoors comes with some dirt. Wipes are helpful, but to really keep you and your little ones clean, set up a hand and foot washing station.
You can easily create your own with a spouted water jug, a plastic bin big enough to stand in, and a bar of soap.
Even better- put a bar of soap inside a pair of nylons and tie it to the jug. That way, it won’t get lost or dropped.
Instead of cooling your food with ice, use several frozen water or juice bottles.
They’ll stay frozen longer and are still useful after they melt. Plus, you won’t have to worry about your food getting soggy in a puddle of melted ice.
Glow in the Dark
It probably gets a lot darker on camp sites than it does at your home, so come prepared with flashlights, headlamps, and a kid favorite- glow sticks.
If your kids are afraid of the dark, the novelty of a glow stick will help distract them and calm them down.
Grab a pack of Wint-O-Green lifesavers for your camping trip to really blow their minds in the dark.
Make Relaxation Fun
With kids, it can be tricky to find the balance between relaxing and keeping them entertained.
A great solution is to get a super cool parachute hammock, like the ones made by Everest Active Gear.
Setting up a suspension hammock is easy with the right gear. It’ll be relaxing for parents and kids will love hanging in it, too.
Now Go Put These Camping Tips to Use!
With these essential camping tips, you’re well on your way to having your most memorable family adventure yet.
Do you have any essential tips you think we left out? Share with us and other family camping aficionados in the comments section below.
Want to camp but without roughing it? Check out our article on glam camping.