Kids love camping and outdoors – whether it is because they get to stay up after dark, sleep outside under the stars, eat from a campfire or play with new friends there is something that appeals to all ages.
So, if you feel like packing up and getting back to nature, here are a few tips to help make family camping a cinch with kids.
What you need
You don’t need a lot to have a successful camping holiday, but it’s always good to come prepared for all weather conditions, to beat the boredom (incase plans change) and ofcourse to survive the drive to and from your destination. Here are a list of items to pack –
- Mosquito Repellent
- First Aid Kit
Pack items that will keep them both entertained while exploring nature, but something to keep them occupied at night time or when the weather turns bad.
- Magnify Glass
- Chalk Mat
- Insect catchers / keepers
Let your child choose which items they want to pack and let them have their own backpack filled with go-to items on the holiday when needed.
Be prepared and pack the essentials
- Gum Boots
There are an endless amount of day time nature and night time camp side activities you can do as a family while on holidays, these include –
- Bush walking
- Nature Scavenger Hunt
- Bug and Insect Catch/Identification/Release
- Have fun with chores – collect firewood, getting fresh water, toasting the marshmallows
- Night Walk
- Tell Spooky Stories over a Campfire
- Glow Stick activities
- Star Gazing
At the end of the day, kids are amazing at making up games and inventing toys when given the chance. Giving them the freedom to do just that without toys from home helps develop creativity and independence. So, although it’s great to come prepared, be rest assured, that they might even learn something without even trying.
Camping with Kids is about creating memories that you and your children can cherish in years to come. And if things don’t work out on this trip quite like you had planned, remember, there is always a next time.