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Camping trips are a fun and popular activity. Many people camp to spend some time with family and friends, have a little adventure and see new places. When children are involved though there are extra requirements to make sure the experience is a good one for everybody.

Three Tips for Camping With Children

Camping trips are a great way to get away from the city and spend some quality time with family and friends. However, when children are involved, it is essential to be prepared and ease into this new activity for them. Here are some tips to help make the process easier:

1. Dress rehearsal. Before you set off on your first camping trip, arrange a trial run in the back yard. This will get children used to the idea of sleeping in a tent while still having the security of familiar surroundings. It also allows parents to get used to unfamiliar or new equipment in an environment where a setup mishap or forgotten component can be easily remedied. If there are hiccups with equipment, food preparation or forgotten items, continue to do a backyard camp every few weeks until everything runs smoothly.

2. Stay close to home. Once the art of backyard camping with children has been mastered it’s time for the first outside camping trip. Look for a suitable campsite that is 30 – 60 minutes away from home. Arriving at your first family camp with children that are tired and cranky from a long road trip can start the experience off on a bad note.

Camping closer to home also means that it is easier to pack up, cut the camping trip short and go back home if children become scared or unsettled and don’t want to continue. Forcing them to complete a camp that they are not enjoying will only lead to resistance the next time a camping trip is suggested. Returning home is also a simpler option if the weather turns really ugly or major equipment failure is experienced.

3 Go with friends. If at all possible go camping with at least one other family with children. Having friends of similar age around helps to keep the kids amused and makes the experience more fun for them. The children will enjoy discovering things together and showing each other their treasures. They will also look out for each other and call for help if one child trips and falls, for example. Camping in a group also allows parents to take turns watching the children and preparing meals. This reduces the workload and pressure and makes the trip more enjoyable for all.

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