Many long time campers think that they can no longer have fun enjoying their favorite pastime after they have children. This is not necessarily correct.
You will find yourselves enjoying more, especially when you see your children learning to appreciate nature which creates a bond amongst yourselves and the surroundings. The age of your child is a big factor when deciding whether it is time for you to take them camping with you.
A thing you might want to consider if you will bring a baby is to look for a site which provides electricity, making it easier for you to heat up the baby’s milk whenever it’s feeding time. Just bring the important things. Take into consideration the number of days of your stay at the camping location and pack accordingly with enough diapers, milk, clothing and wipes to last for your whole stay.
If you’ve been camping before, it may be time to upgrade your equipment to include the kids. A two man tent is not going to cut it for much longer, especially if you have older kids. Children will need a spacious shelter to protect them from the sun and at the same time keep them safely inside. It will also keep the children in if mom or dad is busy with other things. A family size tent can provide a more spacious sleeping room than your old two man tent, and it comes with the extras that you need.
Nature can be an exciting playground for your children to explore, for any age. Toddlers should be more supervised than older children, of course, but teaching them camping and hiking safety is a must. Teaching them about why they should stay in or near the campsite is important, as well as explaining to them how to use their equipment. It is also important to brief them on the place that you’re going to, this is to get them roused up about the trip that you will all have fun together.
Older kids should have plenty of activities available to them on the trip, more than just hiking with dad or sitting around the campsite with mom. The regular teen is a very social being, so finding a site with a nearby park is actually a great idea. Larger camp sites that have recreation areas or swimming zones are also good for keeping teenagers happy. Asking your kids input in planning the trip is a great idea, it keeps them involved and map out any other activities they would want to engage in.
Another option for camping with kids to double the fun is by camping out with close friends or other family members. The more the merrier, and it allows for more entertainment and potential babysitting options should the two of you want to go off on your own. To make your trip an unforgettable one, make sure to bring games and toys for maximum enjoyment, this will keep the children happy and will make them look forward to another family trip in the future.