5 Tips for Camping with Children

Camping is a fun activity for your family. But what if you go with children? This may mean added responsibility on your end. But you do not have to worry. You can definitely still have fun in nature even with your kids running around.

Below are 5 tips to help you and your children enjoy the outdoors.

1. When you’re with older children, plan with them. Ask them where they want to go and what they want to experience. Involve them in the process so they both learn how to plan and also so they get to do things of interest to them.

2. When you’re with younger children, it’s best to have a “test” camping situation in your backyard before you actually go to the site. Teach your kids how to set up the tent. If they’re older, you can even teach them how to cook (while protecting the environment). In this way, they’ll learn skills that will last a lifetime and that they can teach their own kids someday.

3. Children must familiarize themselves with how to survive in the outdoors. Guide them. Teach them about safety and outdoor ethics. And just because you’re at a camping site, it does not mean that the chores end there. Show them ways to protect the environment by bringing reusable jars, rather than plastic bags, for their mouthwash and toothpaste. Tell them to not spit in the river or the lake.

4. Make sure you pack appropriately. When you’re with tykes, bring lots of extra shoes and clothes. Expect them to get wet and dirty. Bring insect repellent and sunscreen. Keep the first aid kid in your bag. You can also bring those travel toys like pocket scrabble or checkers in order to keep them entertained.

5. Ask your child if he or she wants to bring a familiar toy. A stuffed bear or a blanket will give the child a familiar sense of home in the tent as camping, particularly during the first time, can seem unnerving to a child.

Camping with children can be a challenge, but the reward’s are many fold the difficulties.  Not only will camping allow you to bond with your child, it will also give you the opportunity to teach him or her to enjoy and help protect nature.

If you have a family, you have to read Maeyahn’s piece about camping with kids at state parks site NDParks.com.

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