So you want to take your kids camping? First, let me start off by saying, it ain’t for the weak. Don’t get me wrong, it is a blast, but I never realized just how much planning goes into experiencing a successful & fun trip. Like seriously. As a kid, I did what kids do on vacation, I left the actual “work” to my parents. And this time around it was my turn to show MY kids how it’s done. Luckily, I had my parents along to give me a refresher course.
#1. Pack everything in clear tubs
I’m so happy I did this! It was super easy to find anything we needed. I made separate ones for food, clothes, toys & sleeping/ bathroom items. Organization when camping is key!
#2. Pack lots of hand wipes & baby wipes
If you are just the slightest germaphobe like myself, you will catch yourself using these 24/7 with all the dirt & mess Mother Nature has to offer. They are a quick and easy way to refresh.
#3. Bring a walker or play center
If you’re camping with a non walker make sure you pack a play center for them to sit at. Along with a blanket to place underneath them. Otherwise, you may find yourself carrying your little one EVERYWHERE around the campsite. I made this mistake and my back was killing me. Luckily, Walmart was right up the street.
#4. A baby carrier
I originally planned to carry the baby on my chest the majority of the time, but quickly learned this wasn’t going to happen. But, I’m definitely happy I brought it for hiking and other outings.
#5. Pack EXTRA clothes & layer up!
Getting dirty is a part of camping. It IS going to happen. So be prepared with some extra outfits for the kiddos. Also, with that make sure you pack old shoes you are not worried about the kids messing up.
#6. Sunscreen & bug spray
The kids were good to go with their bucket hats and long sleeves for the most part, but a little extra protection can’t hurt.
#7. Pack & Play
Great for sleeping at night, as well as having out in the campsite for the little ones to hangout in. One of the big things I wish I packed.
#8. Check the forecast
It’s always good to check the weather before you depart on any trip, but especially camping. You spend 99% of your time outside. Yes, I know, self explanatory. We had rain everyday we were there. I made sure to pack the kids rain jackets, that way they were still able to enjoy their time.
#9. Be flexible
A must when doing anything with kids. Not everything you planned for is going to happen. Which is cool. It’s all about the experience & making memories anyways.
#10. AND last but not least don’t forget to eat a couple smores. These will be vital after a hard days work. 😜