Growing up as a child, my favorite part of camping was star gazing. For my husband it was all about the food. Camping with Kids is not always easy but it does bring the family together. Here are a few things we do to make the adventure a little easier.
Camping with kids is an amazing way to bond as a family. As you get away from all the technology and busy tasks of everyday life, you find a better connection. You might thinking, how can I go camping with kids? Where will the kids sleep? After a few camping trips with my infant and toddler, I think I find a way that works. I want to share with you how we do it and hopefully it will help you make your camping experience better!
Sleeping Tips in a Tent
So you have the air mattress for yourself – now where are your kids going to sleep? This is the most common question I get when camping with kids. Sometimes space is limited depending on the type of tent you have bought. I understand you can’t lug around an unlimited amount of gear. I personally have a two year old and an infant. I wanted my 2 year old daughter to have her own space, but not take up the whole tent. I wanted a safe place for my infant where I wouldn’t worry about rolling over on him. We do a lot of camping with our kids and here is what works for my family.
I know this sounds funny, but we bought an inflatable pool float for her. It even has a pillow on one side! In my head I just thought it was essentially the same as an air mattress. It’s filled with air too, right? I just draped a thick cotton sheet over it and a warm camping blanket. She was so thankful and excited to have her own bed! I think this would work well for kids up to 12years old depending on the size of the pool float. Click here to see some inflatable pool floats. This is a game changer for camping with kids.
Check out this one! Its durable and it’s less than $10! That’s a great price for a camping “air mattress” bed. wink wink!
I packed all of our bedding in a large rectangular plastic laundry basket. I used that laundry basket as a “bassinet” for my baby. (Hey, no mommy judgements, they used to babies in drawers to sleep in the old days!) I put a folded towel and then a soft baby blanket for a “mattress”. In between midnight breast-feedings he slept GREAT! It worked well because it didn’t take up a lot of room in the tent – but it gave him a cushioned & contained place to sleep. He doesn’t sit up yet or roll yet. always use your judgement. If your kids is big enough to roll and tip it or sit up and fall out of it – maybe this ISN’T the option for you. But I want to show you that camping with kids is easy, even with an infant!
Here is a basket that is almost exactly like mine. And who doesn’t need another laundry basket in their life?
Camping with kids and bugs
MOSQUITOS!!! They constantly find you and can turn any camping with kids trip into a scratch fest in a matter of minutes! My little ones are so prone to getting bit. They are just so sweet (That’s my explanation!) I have tried literally EVERY product out there. The answer is ThermaCell! My husband has used this mosquito repellant device for years in the woods (he used to hunt) and we never leave home without it!
1. Outdoor Model – ThermaCell Mosquito Repellent Outdoor and Camping Repeller Device, Black
2. Patio Lantern Style – Thermacel Patio Lantern,3 pack
If you are into something more natural, (raises my hand high!) Here is what I use. It is DEET – free and the active ingredients are essential oils.
Keeping it Safe
One of the best things about camping can be the food! However BBQs and kids don’t usually mix well! So make sure you have a safe appliance by picking up one of the best charcoal smokers! Try researching some family friendly recipes below you head off. Some yummy ones to try could be smoked pulled pork with tacos or nachos. Both are easy for little hands to assemble and they can help prepare the bowls of toppings, like cheese and lettuce.
The bottom line – Camping as a family
I want to encourage all families to make time for the great outdoors. Because kids don’t remember their best day of screen time. The truth is, if you start asking around you will find more families are camping than you realized. Don’t get me wrong, every trip can’t be perfect and we have had some adventures that extremely stretch the use of the term adventure. The truth is, we need time together and we need time outdoors. Nature does amazing things for your body and mind. Seek peace and enjoy the outdoors. Go camping with your kids!
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