Camping is a great way to get outside with family and friends or even by yourself. You can go camping in many state and national parks, at private campgrounds, in the back country or even in your own backyard.
Most campsites include a picnic table, a place to park your car and a spot to pitch your tent. Many also have shared bathrooms and running water. But you’ll need to bring along some of your own gear, including essentials like a tent, sleeping bags and sleeping pads. If it’s your first time camping, it might be best to borrow or rent some of these things. You’ll also want to make sure you have plenty of food and appropriate clothing for the weather.
If it’s your first time camping with your kids you are allowed to be a little nervous. Taking your kids on their first camping it’s an amazing experience and you need to make sure that your family will enjoy it at its maximum potential.
Also, I know it’s hard to pack for an entire family, and you might forget something necessary, especially while traveling with kids, so make sure to check your list twice before leaving.
1. Don’t go too far away from home
If possible, you should try not to go too far away from home on your first time camping with your children. By sticking close to your house you’re making sure you always have the option to head back if one of your kids is having too much trouble adjusting, or in case anything happens. In addition, you never know when severe weather will strike.
If you happen to forget to pack something important, one of the parents can always jump in the car to retrieve something that was left behind so your trip will not be ruined.
2. Make it comfortable
I know – part of the joy of camping is needing very little gear to exist outdoors. But, it’s also nice to have a comfortable, convenient and homey campsite. I’m sure your kids will appreciate this effort, after all, it’s their first time camping, you should go easy on them!
Make sure to take along some air mattresses to sleep on, some kids just don’t like sleeping bags. You can easily pack some air mattresses and the entire family will be grateful you did that. Everyone needs to get a good night’s sleep in order to have a good morning and enjoy the hiking next day.
I have two Sable camping air mattress and I couldn’t recommend them more, they’re about $50 each which I personally think it’s a fair price for an air mattress – not too cheap yet not too expensive. Check it out.
P.S: you should really try to remember to bring a pump for the air mattresses, otherwise it will get really…frustrating. I learned the hard way.
Another thing you could bring with you in order to make the trip comfortable are camping pillows. Yes, you read right. There are actually pillows made specially for camping and if you don’t own some you should definitely put it on your shopping list right away. They are adjustable and compressible, they don’t take up much space in your luggage and to be honest, if we’re talking about having a good night sleep’s, they’re definitely a must.
I have some from Coop Home Goods. Good prices, again, about $30 each. I’m sure you can find a lot of models but personally I’m super satisfied with this brand.
Okay, now that we covered the sleeping part, let’s talk about the activities you’ll be doing in broad day light!
Bringing some folding chairs might be a good idea – check out these cute folding chairs from Kijaro. Bonus points: they come in 10 different colors so be sure you’ll find something on your taste.
Camping can be a great family vacation but only when done right. Use the information from this article to help you plan your next camping trip and you will be well on your way to creating a special family tradition that your family will always remember.