For some, going on a camping holiday is exciting, fun and adventurous.
Children love camping. The thrill of sleeping outside with just a layer of canvas separating them from the outdoors. Camping is certainly an adventurous holiday and one that can take a lot of planning and consideration, especially with young children.
In preparation for going camping with children, ensure you follow these top tips:
Top Tips for camping with children:
Make sure your tent is spacious and is big enough to sleep everyone
Pack extra blankets to keep warm at night
Take plenty of games and entertainment for the children
Pack things for children to do in case the weather is bad.
Make sure you have enough warm clothing. Prepare for all weathers. Unfortunately, British weather is never predicable. Make sure you have packed clothing to cover you in all weathers
Give your tent a ‘homely’ feel by taking home comforts. You may end up spending a lot of time in your tent so it is a good idea to have a few essentials around you.
If you are self catering, pack enough food supplies to last you. You will also need to consider if you will need to pack cooking equipment as well.
Get to know the area that you are staying in. What is there around the campsite for your children to enjoy? Where is the nearest play area, supermarket, hospital?
Get ahead of yourself and have a go at setting up your tent prior to go on holiday. This allows you to make sure you have all the necessary parts and also gives you an idea of how to put the tent up, saving you time when you get to the campsite.
Conduct a test run with your children by camping out in the garden. This is especially a good idea if your children have never experienced sleeping in a tent before. This allows them to get a feel for what it might be like
Try and follow the same routines as you would at home. If you have young children, try and stick with the same bed time, nap and meal routine
When going on a camping holiday with your children, one of the most important things to remember to do is to plan ahead. Make sure all details are finalised and ensure:
You know where you are staying
You have all the equipment that you need (tent, chairs, crockery)
Know what facilities you have available to you
Have an idea of what there is to do around the campsite (what activities can children get involved with?)
Written by Emily Martin for Harmony at Home Limited. All Rights Reserved, 2018