Camping lovers love escaping to the countryside for a weekend and pitching their tent. Do not let having babies or young children put you off your camping endeavours.
The following camping with children tips may help persuade you to spend a night – or several – beneath the stars with your family.
1. Let your child help choose the campsite prior to your camping holiday. Kids relish on being involved in such ‘important’ decisions, and helping Mum and Dad decide on a campsite will significantly lift their enthusiasm towards the holiday – If it needs lifting that is!
2. Allowing your child to have an input in what camping equipment you take will have a similar affect. It is also an educational way to teach your child about the outdoors, especially when they come to use the equipment, such as torches and tin openers when you are actually camping.
3. You never know how the weather will behave, especially in Great Britain. Make sure you are prepared for all weather conditions and pack wellies and waterproofs for your children, as well as the suncream.
4. Despite it being a warm and beautiful day, the temperature can plummet at night when you are camping. Ensure to take plenty of blankets and extra jumpers to keep warm on those cold nights.
5. Whilst you do not want to pitch your tent right next to the toilets, because of children’s unique capabilities of needed the toilet five times a night, make sure you’re a pitched within easy access to the toilets.
6. An awning can be a great addition to your camping holiday when you have children. It gives kids more room to play, which can prove to be a lifesaver if your camping holiday is a wet one.
7. Be prepared for midges and mosquitoes, which can bring misery to a camping holiday. Bring repellent for children and make sure all screens are left closed on the tent to prevent mosquitoes from getting in.
8. Choose a destination for your family camping venture which has plenty for children to do. Check if there are any castles, swimming pools and parks nearby, to optimise your children’s enjoyment of the holiday.
9. Also research campsites before you set off. Investing in a good camping guide can help you to do your prior research. Think about how ‘child friendly’ a campsite is. What are the washing facilities like? Does it have a child’s play area?
10. If it is a large and busy campsite your child may easily not be able to locate your tent and become lost. Placing a flag or another recognisable object in the air next to your tent is a good way to make your pitch stand out.