Spending a few days in nature, enjoying the fresh air and gorgeous scenery while getting a glimpse of the wildlife is one of the best ways to bond with your family. You’ll get to engage in an array of fun experiences, and also accustom your children to nature by bringing it a bit closer to them. However, if you’re embarking on this adventure for the first time, you’ll need some handy advice to keep you prepared even for the unexpected.

How to prepare

How to prepare

Not knowing whether the kids will be enthusiastic about the camping or not, it’s a good idea to keep them involved in the planning from the start. Ask them what they’d like to do or see, so they feel important. Teach them to take care of their own belongings even when they’re still little, and let them pack on their own. You can make a list of items they should bring, but don’t help them pack. Let them feel the responsibility, and you just check if they’ve packed everything after they’re done. Make sure to check the fire restrictions at the location you want to visit. The last thing you want is to end up not being able to have a campfire and indulge in some S’mores.

While camping

While camping

First, it’s important that you keep yourself germ-free as much as possible. Given that children will spend a lot of time exploring the rocks, playing with trees, dirt and maybe even encounter a squirrel or pet someone else’s dog, it’s essential that you set up a washing station in the camp. With a double jug that has an open/close spout, you’ll have the perfect washing station where everyone can clean their hands. What’s more, pack a lot of water so you can have enough for drinking, washing, and even cooking if you plan to mix something up other than barbeque or pre-made meals.

A double camping cot is the perfect bed for children, and will save space in the tent as well. With a soft floor mat underneath the sleeping bags, you can add an extra layer of warmth and softness if the kid decides to sleep on the floor in their favorite kids teepee instead in a tent with you. For extra safety during the night, pack glow sticks, and make a bracelet, necklace, or anklet for your little ones. Get extra illumination by tossing the sticks into water bottles.

While you may expect your children to be thrilled to spend time in nature, and think it’ll bring out their inner explorer, you may be wrong. Bring some extra entertainment to avoid whining and the kids being bored. With squirt guns, footballs, chalk, bubbles, coloring books, card games and binoculars, they’ll enjoy nature while also having fun and discovering the beauties of the great outdoors.

Have a test run

Have a test run

Given that you’re going on a camping trip with the kids for the first time, you won’t be able to tell whether they’re actually going to enjoy it or not. Therefore, set up a camping site in your backyard, pitch a teepee for them, and let them hang out for a while and sleep outside. If they’re comfortable enough to spend the night outdoors, they’ll be even happier to do it for real, with you and the whole family in the woods.

Camping with the family is always a great way to bond, relax and enjoy the outdoors. However, if you’re doing it for the first time with your children, make sure you are familiar with everything you need to bring to make the camping comfortable and fun for the entire family.

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