Camping is fun especially for younger kids who look to the world around them in wonder! However, going on camping trip lasting one or 15 days takes almost the same amount of preparations. Here we share few helpful tips to help with an amazing camping experience with your under 5 kids!
Tourism has adapted to the modern way of life, so now you have campsites that will give you both electricity and hot water. Of course, it all depends on what style of vacation you want and how long will you stay. However, we composed a list of things you shouldn’t go camping without, especially with young children.
Is it going to be cold or hot at your campsite?
Well, it doesn’t matter because you are going to need both sets of clothes for every family member that is going. It is important that you have something warm to wear in the evening. But don’t bring too much clothing. Pack light and bring only essentials and a few spare clothing items. Don’t forget to bring foot warmers for everyone, so you all can be comfortable in the evening and while sleeping.
Stay warm and comfortable
Sleeping bags and blankets are also required. If you are going camping with your kids, you already know their sleeping habits. The bag is tight and if a kid gets out of it during the night, you will have a blanket to cover the kid up.
Choosing a camping tent
You should invest in a tent if you don’t want to go to the other extreme – becoming a camping hater because the tent was too small or leaking, etc. The easiest way to get over the money you spent on a tent is to convert it into the price of an average hotel stay. If you have already purchased a tent, watch a video on setting it up on YouTube before leaving. It’s amazing how useful it can be.
First aid kit
Carry first aid with you; don’t just leave it in your car. Pack everything you will need if anyone gets a small cut, everything for wound disinfection, a cream for sports injuries if anyone sprains its ankle… You get the picture.
Heat the baby food
If you have a baby, a small camping gas cylinder will help. With it, you can warm your baby’s milk, your coffee, beans, tea, hot chocolate or whatever else you need. It’s not expensive, it’s easy to find and it’s easy to carry in a backpack, just be careful with it.
Set your campsite the fun way
It’s not a bad idea to have a tent, because if you don’t have one, you will have to find a thick shade for your campsite. Hammock or any other swing is great for sleeping and relaxing in it. It is easy to set up if there is a tree. With a tent and a hammock, you will have a set playground area for your kids to enjoy.
It’s good to have a folding organizer. Here you can keep everything needed for personal hygiene, children’s toys, clothes, and so much more. This way your tent will stay organized the whole time. Your kids will also be more independent by knowing where their favorite toys and other personal items are. Get rid of the hassle of scattered clothes and rummaging through your suitcase.
Bring mosquito repellent
Long sleeves and leggings also play a role here, but sprays and bite creams are a must. Post-bite creams are also a good option.
Pack your kids personal items
Pack baby blankets, wet wipes, enough diapers, a bottle, and everything you might need to keep your baby happy. If you start packing on time – you are less likely to forget something and more likely to have just about anything on your kids’ camping trip. You are going to need food and snacks, toilet and bath stuff, toys, some music, and a few fun games.
- Everything needed for preparing meals and drinks.
- Table and chairs.
- A light to hang in your tent, and another one to place outside on your main table. This way all of you can enjoy some quality time in the evening. Also, bring more flashlights.
- A lighter and matches.
- Always bring a thermos with you. If your child has a runny nose, you can prepare some warm lemonade or tea for it to bring when you all go out of your campsite.
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