Last updated: March 8, 2017 at 17:05 pm
Camping in the great outdoors can be a truly enriching experience and one that the whole family can enjoy. Nothing beats sitting round the campfire as a family and getting time away from the everyday hustle and bustle of the town or city.
However, camping with family can be stressful, especially if you haven’t done it before. You’ll have your kids to think about, so more mouths to feed, and more stuff to pack. No need to worry, however, as we have put together a list of tips for surviving your first family camping trip.
Try Before You Go
If this is your families first time going camping, a good idea is try it out before you go. Pitch your tent in the back garden or living room and let them sleep inside. This will allow them to become comfortable to sleeping in a different place so when it comes time to head to the campsite, they will know what to expect.
It will also allow you to determine if there any changes you need to make before you go so everyone is comfortable and able to enjoy themselves. Plus, there is nothing worse than getting to the campsite and realising you don’t know how to set up your tent, so by pitching it before you go, you’ll know exactly what you need to do when you get there.
Check the Weather Forecast
Checking the weather forecast before you go is a must especially when the kids are in tow. If the family are inexperienced campers and there is a poor weather forecast it might not be the best ideal to go as you might not know what to do when faced with challenging weather.
Quickly checking to see what they weather will be like also gives you an idea of what kit you’ll need to bring as well as clothing you’ll need to pack. Making sure everyone feels as comfortable as possible is a must especially if there is a sudden downpour. So check regularly to see if there are any changes in the forecast or if there has been any weather warnings issued in the area you intend to camp in.
It is easy for kids to get bored when they are at home but when out camping they can’t just simply switch on the TV or go grab all their toys. By making sure there are plenty of activities to keep them occupied, you’ll not have to worry about boredom striking.
Get them to pick out a couple of their favourite toys that won’t take up too much space when it comes to packing. This will allow them to keep themselves entertained and also means they have some of their home comforts with them, helping them to relax and become more comfortable in a new environment.
Also, make use of your surroundings. The outdoors is a great playground and it’s easy to make up your own games that will keep everyone entertained. Whether it’s skipping rocks by the lake, geocaching or playing a game of glow in the dark ring toss, the possibilities are endless.
Plan Your Meals
Meal times can be stressful at the best of times but when you don’t have a fridge or cupboards of food to choose from, it can make it extra hard. Planning your meals beforehand will help make sure you don’t have any unnecessary weight in your rucksack and helps you decide what food or utensils you need to bring. Make sure you bring plenty of snacks as well as water with you too to keep them going throughout the day and your trip.
The most important thing to remember on any camping trip whether it’s their first or 100th is to stay safe. The outdoors can be a dangerous place if you aren’t familiar with it so taking a few safety precautions will help to ensure that everyone has a good trip.
Make sure your campsite is well lit so it’s easy for people to see where they are going and what they are doing. You can also give each person a whistle so you’ll be able to signal one another should you get separated. Even having a buddy system will help to ensure someone always has someone there with them and means you don’t have to worry about the little ones wondering off on their own.
Another tip to help survive your families first camping trip is to have a well-stocked first aid kit with you just encase there are any accidents or injuries. Items such as plasters, pain killers, anti-septic spray, eye wash as well as scissors and tweezers will help you to be more than prepared for anything that is thrown your way.
And there you have it, a list of our top tips for surviving your first family camping trip. We hope, as always, that you have found this useful and take on board some of our comments when planning your trip. However, the most important thing to remember is to have and spend quality time together as a family.
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