It doesn’t always end in a nightmare when you take kids for a trip. Camping is one of valuable activities you can do with your kids. It helps introduce them to the nature, train their stamina by various outdoor activities, as well as build their confidence.
Camping smoothly and safely with kids
Even though challenging, camping with kids can run smoothly with these tips:
Practice setting up gear at home
It is best to set up your camping gear at home as a way to practice as well as build the excitement. Assembling the tent at home can make them feel more enthusiast with the camp. You can also assign certain tasks to your kids so they can actively participate in the process. You can set up camp in the living room or at the backyard.
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Don’t bring any gadget for entertainment
Make sure that the camp you plan for is when your kids will focus on their surroundings. Hence, it is best to not bring any devices or gadgets especially when you use it only for their entertainment. If you worry they will grow bored with the camp, plan various activities in advance. In fact, involve them when making the plan so they can list what they want to do enthusiastically.
Go with a mission
Have particular mission for the camp to make it more meaningful and exciting for your kids. For example, the mission is to hike up the trail to the summit. Or, you can make a simpler mission such as making it down to creek for a swim. It helps build anticipation. It also helm your kids to gain a sense of accomplishment once the camp is over.
Be flexible with the plan
You can make plan and detailed itinerary for the camp. However, be flexible to pivot or make changes if necessary. Make sure that the schedule is not too tight to the point your kids will end up fainting or exhausted. Adapt to the situation as well because the condition in the wild can be unpredictable.
Pack extra foods
Don’t be too stingy with foods when it comes to camping, especially with kids. You are not doing it to teach your kids how to survive from the lack of foods. It is not the time because it may end up with them being traumatic with camping. Be generous with the foods you pack since you are going to share it with everyone. You can involve your kids to prepare and cook the foods.
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Do not let them wander around by themselves
Let your kids explore the place but keep an eye of them. Don’t let them wander around places alone by themselves without any adult supervising them. It is also best to educate your kids prior the camp about what to do if they get lost or how to ask for help in emergency situation. Make sure to communicate this in non-threatening way because they may end up feeling afraid of going for a camp.