Camping is no trip to Paris, especially if you are with your kids. If it’s your first time to go out on a family camping trip, you have to meticulously plan your weekend get-away. To help you get the best out of your vacation, below are some of the top family camping tips straight from the experts.
Pack Portable Toys
Toys are almost always a parent’s best friend. However, this doesn’t mean that you need to bring the whole toy store with you. As a rule of thumb, always choose portable toys that can encourage your kids to enjoy the outdoors. A set of binoculars, a soccer ball or a water gun can keep your children preoccupied while you are setting up the campfire.
Bring Multiple Tarps
Investing in a comfortable and spacious tent is not always enough, no thanks to climate change. You may be enjoying the pleasant sunny afternoon now, and hiding under your tent a few hours after. Well, you don’t really want to let a little rain spoil all the fun, do you? In case the weather doesn’t cooperate, pitch a tarp shelter so you can still enjoy your bonfire sessions.
Do the Kitchen Work at Home
Doing most of the kitchen work at home can help you save time and effort. For a stress-free family camping, make a meal plan, and look for recipes that are easy-to-prepare. Then, chop as many cooking ingredients as you can and pack them in a re-sealable bag. Also, pre-cook some of your meals at home so you won’t have to worry about your first few days out in the campsite.
Organize, Roll and Pack
You may be a pro in packing your own clothes, but packing for your kids for a camping trip is a completely different story. To keep your luggage organized, plan your children’s “OOTDs” and roll each outfit together. Keep the smallest clothing pieces (underwear and socks) inside and secure the roll with a rubber band. This way, you can keep your luggage neat and organized.
Bring a Bundle of Glow Sticks
Glow sticks are lightweight and they help optimize visibility during nighttime. Most importantly, your kids love them too. To make sure everyone is on the camping site, bring a bundle of glow sticks and give a pair or two to your kids. If you brought your dog along, use the glow stick as a dog collar.
Camping with the family means double the fun and the excitement. However, coming out in the wilderness unprepared can cause immeasurable inconvenience to you and your kids. With these top family camping tips, you can definitely expect a stress-free family camping experience.