Tips for making your next family camping trip a success!
Camping with your family can be a memorable experience that immerses your kids to life in the outdoors, but it can be a challenge - liken to that of high-altitude alpine climbing or running with raging bulls. There are new factors to consider and more gear to pack when you add kids into the equation, but we promise it is worth it. Camping, whether in a national park or in your backyard, is a great way to take your kids on an adventure and teach them new skills. So if you are uneasy at the thought of being crammed in a tent with the whole ‘fam’, fear not, because here are some tips to keep spirits high and the laughs rolling.
TIP #1 - Pick a good campsite
Obviously the precursor to any good camping trip is choosing the perfect camping site; this being one that is comfortable and free from hazards. Look for a campsite that is flat and offers protection from the elements (Trees are great!), this will ensure a great night sleep. But before you go and pitch your tent, go for a walk and scout the surrounding area for any hidden dangers (lakes, pits, spiky bushes). Once you’ve found a cozy, safe and protected site it's time to pitch your tents and light the campfire! If you need some inspiration for a great campsite, check out our article on some of the best campsites around Australia.
TIP #2 - Prepare Dinner Early
Hopefully, your kids will have spent the day burning their energy around camp and are starting to settle down in the late afternoon. Now it's time to capitalise on one of the best parts of camping with kids - early nights! Serve dinner while the sun is setting to not only make things easy, as you have light, but also encourage some early snoozing. By preparing and serving dinner early you increase the chance that you and your partner might get some alone time out under the stars.
TIP #3 - Keep Them Hydrated
Staying hydrated whilst camping can be a challenge for adults, let alone kids. It's important you make sure your kids are drinking plenty of water and that water is readily available should they need to fill up their bottle or cup. Just as in actual camping every kid and adult should have their own water bottle, the CAMELBAK EDDY KIDS WATER BOTTLE .4L are great as they are spill-proof and kid-safe. We also recommend having a larger water canister at you camp that is easily accessible, such as the SEA TO SUMMIT PACK WATER TAP or HYDRAPAK EXPEDITION PACKABLE WATER CONTAINER.
TIP #4 - Checklists are your friend.
When you're trying to focus on packing for your camping trip but the kids are proving to be a distraction, it's time to get yourself a checklist. Having a robust and comprehensive checklist ensures you don't forget your essentials and reminds you of the smaller items when you're preparing for your camping trip. We’ve attached a barebones list below to help get you started and release the pressure of the night-before pack when the kids want to help out...
TIP #5 - Test Run.
Finally, make sure you have your systems dialed in before you embark on the real deal. The best way to do this is by simply camping in your backyard, this way you can check all of your camping equipment works and scope whether camping with kids is for you. Worst case scenario… you end up back in your warm bed with a better understanding of what you need or don't need for your upcoming camping trip.
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