Tips for camping with kids
- Published on Wednesday, 01 August 2018 07:14
- Last Updated on 01 August 2018
- Monica Costa
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With millions of families choosing to stay in the UK for their holidays, it’s no wonder camping with kids is on the rise. According to Mintel data, 17.9 million camping trips were taken by UK adults in 2017, and almost an extra million trips expected to be taken this year. Taking the kids can seem like a challenge, but with a few pieces of handy advice it can be achievable and enjoyable for all! Here are some top tips to create unique experiences and exciting adventures when under canvas:
- Do your research
Even if you’re an experienced outdoors adventurer, adding the kids can make camping a completely different ball game. In the modern world, online research is the first step in ensuring you’re a family camping pro. Check out the Halfords camping with kids guidefor insight from online outdoor family heroes, useful tips, essentials to pack, activities for every occasion and easy recipes that the kids will love!
Make sure you’ve done your homework when choosing a campsite. Pick one that isn’t too far if you’re only planning on going for a few days or a long weekend. Long car journeys can take it out of you and the kids, and it’s best to be fresh for your campsite fun! You’ll also need to consider locations that aren’t too far from amenities, activities and medical care for any family situation.
Also remember to plan plenty of days out and activities. Renting or bringing your own bikes is a great way to ensure the kids make the most of the outdoors. Tiring them out will mean that you get a couple of hours to yourself after they’ve gone to bed!
- Invest in good gear
We’re not talking about spending big bucks, but it’s always worth buying good quality kit for a camping trip. When the kids are toasty and warm in bed, you’ll be thanking yourself. With the unpredictable British weather always around the corner, start off with a good quality tent and sleeping bag. Once you’ve got them you can think about the extras like gas cookers, kettles, a camping table, cutlery, crockery, bottles, food, torches, phone chargers, blankets, wet wipes, buckets, washing up liquid and fold out chairs.
If you’re worried you might forget something, make a list to ensure you won’t have to run to the shop as soon as you start your trip. It’s always a good idea to start the list early so you can add to it as you build up to going away.
- Take lots of pictures and videos
Make sure to pack your camera or GoPro and make best use of the camera on your phone! Camping always produces amazing backdrops for family pictures that can last a lifetime.
There will also be many fantastic opportunities to get adventurous and try new activities in the great outdoors. These always provide plenty of photo-worthy moments and memories to treasure as your kids grow up!
Monica Costa founded London Mums in September 2006 after her son Diego’s birth together with a group of mothers who felt the need of meeting up regularly to share the challenges and joys of motherhood in metropolitan and multicultural London. London Mums is the FREE and independent peer support group for mums and mumpreneurs based in London https://londonmumsmagazine.com and you can connect on Twitter @londonmums