Camping for Kids - When you take kids camping, suddenly you see the world through their eyes. Children are fascinated with even a tiny bug or thrilled with wildlife. They delight in things that adults often pass right by without noticing. Sharing the camping adventure with your kids is a wonderful way to enliven your own experience.
So, just because you have children doesn't mean you have to give up the freedom of the outdoors. Camping for kids just takes a little more planning and preparation.
Tip: The Internet is an excellent place to start when it comes to finding
locations and trails that will suit your needs and child's age group.
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When camping with babies, toddlers and preschool campers, one of the biggest
concerns is their comfort factor. Young children need to be kept warm to keep
them from getting sick. Excessive exposure to the weather and the elements can
really make an outing turn sour. Be sure not to take small children camping in
places that are very cold or exceedingly hot.
When packing, think ahead to be certain you're bringing all the camping for kids gear you'll need to vacation in comfort. This includes but is not limited to: extra clothes, boots, diapers, blankets, first aid kit, books and toys for entertainment, etc. Using a checklist can go a long way to be sure that you don't forget anything important.
There are a lot of dangers to watch out for when you're camping with kids.
Keeping them away from bears, skunks, etc. can be rather stressful. You also
have to be careful to keep them away from the fire. All kids are attracted to
water, so nearby lakes or streams are another hazard. And as always, keeping an
eye out for suspicious strangers is essential. (Click
here to read a few kids safety tips beforehand.)
Plan ahead for fun kids camping activities to keep your children busy during your camping trip. When you are traveling to your camp spot, have a list of travel games to play. You can make up games like 'license plate' bingo, 'name that state capital' or just sing a few lively kid camp songs.
Once you reach the spot where you’ll be pitching tent for your kid’s camping trip, remember the things you loved to do in your childhood days; like making shadow puppets on the tent walls or telling scary stories (within their age level).
Another great idea is to give each child a disposable camera (in case it gets lost or broken) so they can take photos of the camping trip. When you get home you can frame their special pictures or make their own photo album to show off to friends and family.
Catching a fish is an exciting and exhilarating event for any child. Give your kid a fishing rod and a hook and he will be entertained for hours. Teach them the tricks of kids fly fishing. You'll both have a wonderful time.
You can help your teen be more involved with the family by letting them help
plan the trip, deciding where to go, and give them the responsibility to make
sure all the camping gear is in order. On the trip to your camping destination
give them the role of navigator so they are still taking part.
When it comes to your kid's camping trip itself, share the time with them and build relationships - involve your kid with stories about your teen years or stories about other trips you’ve taken that they might have forgotten.
If your kids are mature enough to take a good-natured joke, try giving them a camping gag gift to keep things lively around camp!
Camping for kids is a great way to bond with your child, learn something about nature, no matter what the age, so use it to your full advantage. Your time will be well spent and the memories you make kid tent camping will last a life-time.
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