Many long time campers think that they can no longer have fun enjoying their favorite pastime after they have children. On the contrary, they still can. Camping with kids can be even more enjoyable than before, especially when you introduce your love of nature to your children, and see their eyes light up with all the fun they will have.
The age of your child is a big factor when deciding whether it is time for you to take them camping with you. A thing you might want to consider if you will bring a baby is to look for a site which provides electricity, making it easier for you to heat up the baby’s milk whenever it’s feeding time. Remember to pack simple. You may think that you need to bring the baby’s room with you, but the reality of camping with a baby is a lot simpler. Plan out how many days you are going to be at the campsite, and pack accordingly with enough diapers, formula, bottles, wipes and clothing for the exact number of days only.
Since you have been camping before, it may be time to upgrade your equipment to include the kids. A two man tent is not going to cut it for much longer, especially if you have older kids. Children will need a spacious shelter to protect them from the sun and at the same time keep them safely inside. If in any case that mom or dad gets distracted, this will also prevent them from going off. A family size tent offers all of this, with a bigger sleeping room, purchasable with all the extras you need, and is a whole lot better compared to what your old two man tent could ever provide.
Nature can be an exciting playground for your children to explore, for any age. Toddlers should be more supervised than older children, of course, but teaching them camping and hiking safety is a must. Remember to explain why it is important to stay near the campsite area, as well when and how to use their camping tools. It is also important to brief them on the place that your going to, this is to get them roused up about the trip that you will all have fun together.
Older kids should have plenty of activities available to them on the trip, more than just hiking with dad or sitting around the campsite with mom. The average teenager is a social creature, so camping with kids near a state park or theme park might not be a bad plan. Swimming areas and recreation zones which most big camping locations have are great for keeping kids lively and smilimg. Asking your kids inout in planning the trip is a great idea, it keeps them involved and map out any other activites they would want to engage in.
Another option for camping with kids to double the fun by camping out with close friends or other family members. It gives more option of entertainment and looking after your kids, especially when the both of you would want to wander on your own. Bringing along games and toys for maximum fun will also help make this trip an adventure for the kids to remember and want to repeat year after year.