How to Prepare and Get Kids Camping This Season
Camping is something that your children will remember and cherish for years to come. It is an affordable escape for most everyone to enjoy, whether in a tent, camper, or any other form.Get out and experience camping with your family!
Below are a few tips for preparing your kids for camping. The author points out a destination in Utah State where we have camped and enjoyed the great outdoors in years past!
So You Want to Go Camping with the Kids
Camping is a fun activity and it’s something that your kids will surely love to try. But how do you know if they are really ready to venture out into the great outdoors? Below are a few tips to assist in getting your children ready for a camping adventure!
I’m sure they’re ready for the fun and the excitement with playing outdoors, but if they have never been camping overnight before, then it helps to prepare them for camping beforehand. When teaching your kids how to camp make sure it is enjoyable to them, and one of the easiest ways to do that is by cooking great food, especially over the campfire! Having a campfire and outdoor cooking is a blast and one of the greatest enjoyments of camping.
Practice Camping With Your Kids
One of the best ways to be prepared and ready is practicing. This is a good idea especially when it comes to the backpacking part of the game. You need to make sure that all the items you need to bring along will fit inside the backpacks and at the same time, not overloading them. Once you have properly packed the bags, it’s time to practice if you and your kids can comfortably carry those loads.
It is also a good idea to practice within your backyard. Set up a tent and then let your kids help out. This is a good time to experiment with your sleeping arrangements, as well as with your cooking utensils and other essentials.
Selecting the Right Camping Location for Kids
Being the adult, it is your job to make sure that all of you are going to be safe and comfortable on the campsite. So, learn as much as you can with regards to the grounds and the weather conditions for your selected camping destination.
Understand Your Child’s Limitations
What you can do and what your kids can are not, of course, always going to be on the same level. They have more limitations than you and you should know how just how far you can go with them. As well, let them enjoy free time on their own, especially as they get older.
Let Kids Explore When Camping
Having outdoor activities means staying away from classroom type restrictions. So, when you are out camping with your kids, stop being the teacher all the time. Let your children explore and just have fun! You will be amazed at how much they can accomplish.
Learning how to survive outdoors is all about trying to live with nature. You do not have to go a long way to experience it. Explore your neighborhood first and then go a little farther on your next trip.
Keeping Kids Entertained When Camping
There’s always the possibility that one or all of your kids will not really like all those natural outdoor activities that you have planned for them. You have to be sensitive about this matter. Once you sense that they may be getting a little bored, it may be time to get that ball, frisbee, or any other activity you know that they truly enjoy.
Camping in the outdoors is a special time and in this day and age it’s important to get your kids away from all those electronic gadgets they’re used to playing with at home.
Let Your Kids Play and Enjoy the Outdoors
Your main objective for the camping trip may be to educate your kids on how to survive outdoor living, but the whole activity should also be all about having fun. So let them play and enjoy. They will be a whole lot more willing to learn from you after a few hours of playing around on there own for awhile and then settling down to listen to you.
Be Creative and Experiment When Camping
For a more fun camping trip, you can actually just let nature lead the way. Your kids will probably love you more if you would just be as natural as the surrounding. Take them hiking, or just lie down with them on a clear night and watch the moon and the stars. You can also go into the bush and be a jungle family. Anything is possible, just don’t forget to take lots of pictures for those lasting memories.
Keep on Camping
Don’t stop trying. Your kids will have more experience if you do more activities with often. Camping should not be a one-time deal in their childhood life. Ask them how they enjoyed the experience and get them excited about planning your next adventure with them.
Clay Hunter is an outdoor evangelist. He has spent considerable time in the outdoors canyoneering, hiking, backpacking and river rafting. He counts himself incredibly lucky to have had the chance to experience much of southern and eastern Utah through his travels. He also writes extensively for BryceCanyon.com.
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Did You Know …
After just a couple of hours, a campfire can reach temperatures of 900 degrees Fahrenheit or more!