Thinking about packing up the Mitsubishi and taking the kids on a fall camping trip? Make sure you are prepared! Here are some tips for camping with children…
For the kids’ first trip, start small. That’s what Backcountry.com recommends. Why not start in the backyard? Setting up camp, putting up a tent, tending to a fire, sleeping in a tent–these are all things they can experience close to home. Once they get comfortable, then you can try more challenging settings.
As you already know, kids have a lot of specific needs, and they have a lower tolerance for being uncomfortable. Often times, camping can mean being uncomfortable. In addition to the usual things you might bring, bring things like:
- Glowsticks (they are fun for them and they help you keep track of them)
- An extra sleeping bag (in case of accidents)
- Lots of snacks
- Lots of water
Lots of Activities
Plan to do a lot. Not because you will actually do it all, but because sometimes kids don’t take to certain activities. Hiking, swimming, fishing, wildlife observation (did you bring the binoculars?), scavenger hunt–things like that can be fun, as long as they are planned with the kids’ limitations in mind.
The most important thing to remember is that your trip probably won’t go as planned. But you already know that. Just expect the unexpected and have lots of fun!