Camping is a fun family activity; it’s inexpensive and provides a great way for kids to unwind without staring at tablets or television screens. The outdoors offers your children (and you) the opportunity to be kids again by nurturing the natural, adventurous instinct. This is a guide for a safe, enjoyable, and fun camping holiday trip with your kids.

Select the Perfect Spot:

Some camping sites may have all basic amenities ready while others have none. For beginners, it’s advisable to select a camping site that has showers, toilets, and attendants. When with kids, always go for sites that are safe from hazards such as bodies of water.

After you find a suitable site, think about the kind of experience that you want. For example, if you plan on riding bicycles, ensure that the campground has paved roads.

First-time campers are advised to pick a campground that is not secluded and is near a town. This way, you can buy food from a restaurant and make dinner preparations much easier. In addition, you’ll not be stressed when you realise that you forgot to pack something important.

Get Everyone Involved in Preparations:

Although kids love huge spaces to run in, they don’t look forward to making the preparations. Planning should be a family decision so involve the kids when it comes to picking the camping spot, menu, activities, etc. Children are encouraged to pack their own bags, under adult supervision, of course.  

Let children pick spots to set up tents. Children older than three can help in setting up the tents while younger ones can help to pull stuff out of the bags.

Setting up camp will be faster, and you can even time how long it takes the older children to complete the tasks to foster friendly competition.

Have a List:

A list is crucial in noting everything your family needs for the trip. There are plenty of online resources that will provide you with a checklist template to use. Download one, personalise it and ensure you have it a few days before embarking on a holiday. Read the list out loud while everyone else is packing to ensure nothing important is left behind.

Gear should be listed as well. When making purchases, consider safety value and kid appeal. For example, headlamps can be used to ensure safety when kids are walking at night or they can be used for reading in the tent. Glow sticks can be used for playing at dusk or keeping tabs on toddlers.

Observe Safety at All Times:

Although statistics reveal that children are likely to get injured when at home than on a camping trip, you can never be too careful. Pick a campground that is close to healthcare facilities so that you can know the child will receive immediate medical attention in case of illness or injury.

Upon arrival at the site, consult the staff regarding any potential dangers such as wildlife. Other safety tips are:

  •    Pack a first aid kit
  •    Create rules and safety boundaries
  •    Give all children a safety whistle to be worn around the neck
  •    Identify potential safety hazards such as poison ivy
  •    Observe correct fire safety