Camping With Kids: A Survival Guide for Frazzled Parents

When you’re camping with kids, you need as many strategies up your sleeve as you can manage so that they don’t get bored and you don’t get frazzled. Here are some ideas to keep everyone sane so you can enjoy your holiday in tents.

Pick The Right Campsite

If your kids like to run around and have fun, pick a campsite where it’s safe for them to do so. If you have very young children, avoid camping to close to water or in mountainous regions. Try to find a family campsite; that means your children will have other kids to play with, giving you a little quiet time to yourself. Learn how to keep your camp safe from bears if you are camping in an area where they are common.

Always Take the Weather With You

When you’re staying outdoors for long periods of time, it’s important to always know what to expect from the weather. With this Android app for live weather, you’ll never get caught out. The app gives you up-to-the-minute accurate predictions wherever you are, as well as a forecast for the next seven days.  Other features include: current and “feels like” temperatures, air pressure, precipitation, wind speed and direction, sunrise and sunset times, and weather maps and radar.

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Good Old Kindle

There’s nothing quite like curling up with a book in your tent when it’s raining and you can’t go outside. Gone are the days when you’d have to stuff your backpack with paperbacks, you can take a whole library with you on your tablet or other mobile device thanks to Kindle. The Kindle library contains books for all ages, in all categories and many of them are free. If you are a voracious reader, Kindle unlimited is a great deal. It allows you to borrow up to ten books at a time for a small monthly fee.

Take a Nature Hike

Explore your natural surroundings. Take a pair of binoculars and a nature book. See who can identify birds, trees and flowers on your hike. There also apps that can help you with identification. Find out which flora and fauna are indigenous to the area. Perhaps you’ll even be able to take some good nature pictures along the way.

Go Kayaking

If you’re at a camp site, chances are, there will be water nearby. If you don’t have kayaks or canoes of your own with you, there’s bound to be a place to rent them close to the campsite. Messing about on the water can be loads of fun as long as you do it safely. Make sure everyone is wearing a life jacket at all times. If you’re not familiar with the area you can use Trip Advisor to help you find a waterway and kayak rental

These tips will help you survive any camping trip and stay safe. But most of all, have a whole lot of fun while you’re camping!

Collaborative post with: Samantha McLean who enjoys camping holidays with the family; she has 2 boys aged 5 and 9. She writes about parenting and family lifestyle topics in her articles.

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