Introducing Your Children To The Joys Of Camping

Taking your children camping

For the first time can be a daunting task if you’re not well prepared.

But a well-prepared camping trip with your children can be a great joy for everyone involved. Here are a few considerations and preparations you should make before leaving home.

First of all, choose an easily accessible location. You may want to choose a camping spot that is accessible by vehicle if your children are relatively young. If you want to hike into the camping spot, keep the distance pretty short.

Also, remember that younger children may not be able to carry all of their gear and food in, so you’ll end up with one very heavy pack if you’re not careful.

Here are a few tips for minimizing the amount of stuff you have to take in if you’re hiking to your camping spot.

First, choose a spot with easy access to water. That way you can take in dehydrated foods, and use the water at the camping spot to cook your food with. That will save you a lot of weight.

Also, try taking one or two larger tents to hold everyone, rather than several smaller tents.

A campfire is another consideration. Campfires and s’mores are a must when you take your children camping. Be sure you choose a location that allows campfires, and that has a readily available water supply to put the fire out.

When you take your children camping, be sure that they have the same essentials that you take camping: extra clothing, a coat or rain jacket, food, water, a tent, a sleeping bag, a sleeping pad, etc.

Before you go camping be sure you give your children a few basic safety instructions, such as safety with fire, snakes, bears (if applicable), etc. Safety first!

Where there are snakes or crawly things make sure you sleep off the ground on a foldup sun lounger or hammock.

Put your tent up the week or so before you go to check everything works and how it works. It may be dark, windy or raining.

 


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