Packing the right camping gear can save parents a lot of trouble and ensure kids have an unforgettable time in the great outdoors.
Here are a few suggestions to help:
Kids Camping Chairs
Pack a kid’s camping chair for everyone to ensure they have a place around the campsite. The smaller size of kids camping chairs make it easier for the little ones to climb in and out.
Kids Sleeping Bags
Providing kids with their very own sleeping bag, it will give them responsibility for packing and unpacking, plus they’ll be more inclined to settle down at night and snuggle up under the stars.
To ensure everyone is organised at the campsite, pack each kids personal items such as clothes and toiletries into their own bag with the aim for their items to remain in one place.
Kids Water Bottles
As kids are active on camping trips, they can easily become dehydrated so to make sure that everyone stays hydrated, pack each kid his or her own water bottle and fill it up at certain times of the day.
Colour Coded Plates and Utensils
No parent wants to spend their entire camping trip washing dishes and cleaning up after the kids. One way to avoid an abundance of dirty dishes is to give each kid a colour-coded set of plates and utensils–a plate, bowl and utensils that are theirs for the duration of the trip including cleaning.
A Large Tent You Can Stand Up In
Make sure the tent you bring along is large enough to accommodate everyone (and all their stuff) and that it’s tall enough for an adult to stand up in. The height of the tent makes a huge difference when you’re trying to get kids dressed and out of the tent.
Kids Only Tent
When the kids are a bit older, consider bringing two tents, one for the parents and one for the kids. Not only will the kids be delighted to have a small bit of independence, but parents will be guaranteed a better night sleeping without a tent full of tossing and turning.
For babies, a portable playpen is essential. Set this portable playpen up in a shaded area at your campsite or if your tent is big enough, set up inside. Use for naps, playing and is a safe place for a baby to sleep at night.
Kit With Essentials
Prepared parents know that it’s important to keep some first-aid essentials in an easily accessible place. Pack a bag or box with bug spray, sunscreen, wet wipes, Band-Aids and any other items that you know you’ll want to have quick and easy access to on your trip. Keep the box in an easy-to-reach place so you can nip any potential problems in the bud before they start.