Camping with kids for the first time can be great fun. Most parents find their first camping trip quite stressful but if it is properly planned, it can become the most memorable one for you.
First and foremost you will need to select the right campsite. Talk to other dads and research on the Internet for the best campsite for kids. Many National Parks nowadays offer child-safe campsites with running water and toilets.
If your kids are older, then selecting a remote site would be best. Book and reserve your camping site well in advance. Most of the National Reserves have websites through which you can do advance booking online. The next thing that you should do is to prepare and pack for your trip. If you are going on a fishing trip, you can probably rent the fishing gear from the campsite store.
Here is a basic list of things that you can pack – First Aid Kits, tents, camp mattresses, sleeping bags, torch lights, extra batteries, camping stock with fuel, lantern with fuel, water bottles, can openers, cooking utensils, basic cutlery, insect repellants and sunscreen lotion. Do not forget to pack wet tissues, ordinary tissue papers and napkins.
Camping trips are better planned during summer so that you don’t get caught in the rain. Put a tarp under the tent, just in case you get caught in a sudden rainstorm. Let the tarp’s dimensions be bigger than the tent so the rainwater gets collected outside the tent.
Cooking at the campfire is great fun especially for the kids. Make sure that you pack food that the kids would definitely eat. Involve the kids in the cooking process and show them how to heat up canned food.
Alternatively, bring a lot of snacks such as crackers, granola bars, gummy bears and carrot and celery sticks as emergency food just in case your cooking does not pass merit! Camping is all about sharing responsibility. Assign work to each kid. Let them help you with cleaning, cooking, washing the dishes or hauling water.
Pack some warm clothes for your kids just in case they catch cold. Extra clothes, shoes, boots, blankets, books and toys are a must if you are camping with young children. Prepare and plan some fun camping activities to keep the kids occupied.
Your day activities for the kids can include teaching them how to fish, bird watching and trekking. For the night, you can plan activities such as singing, dancing, playing dumb charades, making shadow puppets and story telling are some great activities to keep them occupied. Camping is a great way to have a fun holiday and you don’t have pay through your nose for this holiday.