The outdoors are great for anyone, no matter what age. Kids, especially, will benefit from spending time in nature because of it is always a learning experience. But let’s face it – it’s not that easy to go camping with young ones, especially when they start to get bored or cranky.
As parents, it’s our job to keep them safe and entertained during the entirety of the trip. To make it easier for you, bring these 4 things for a smooth and hassle-free camping trip with kids:
A bin with kids’ essentials
If you’re a parent, you know that packing for children is a tough job because there is just a lot to bring. Apart from their clothing, you’ll have to think about snacks, toys, entertainment etc. To make finding their things at the campsite easier, place all their essentials in a separate bin.
Inside the bin, organize the essentials further into smaller containers to keep things accessible. One container should contain first aid items like bug spray, wet wipes, hand sanitizer, band-aids etc. Another could contain entertainment items like some coloring books and small toys. The key is to keep everything organized so you won’t waste time digging through boxes looking for something.
Their own water bottles
When you’re outdoors, it’s easy to lose track of your kids’ water intake. They would probably spend busy days exploring, swimming, hiking or running around, and it’s highly important that they stay hydrated throughout the day.
Fill their water bottles every morning and if it’s not emptied out by a certain time in a day, make sure that they rest up and hydrate.
Their favorite snacks
Admit it – most kids are picky eaters. While most kids would enjoy a campfire s’more, kids tend to stick to what’s familiar. Avoid tantrums by bringing their favorite snacks and drinks from home. But also be sure you let them try food made from a campfire!
Bed time essentials
As mentioned, children tend to stick to what’s familiar. To help them feel more at ease with sleeping in a tent, make sure you pack their favorite pillow, blanket or bed time toy. It’s important that they feel snug and comfortable in their sleeping bags, so tuck them in or read them a bedtime story to help them fall asleep quicker, just like at home.
When you’re camping with kids, be sure to bring these important things for a smooth and hassle-free trip!