For me, spending time in nature is crucial to my sanity. I like going to Karumba

For me, spending time in nature is crucial to my sanity. I like going to Karumba

Waking up in a tent surrounded by my family, looking at the stars, kids with sticky marshmallow all over their faces. Even when things don’t go as planned and it rains, your tent leaks or the bugs don’t leave you alone; I still love it.

Some of my happiest memories as a kid involve a tent, bug spray, and a campfire.

Karumba Point Sunset Caravan Park Children Enjoying

Karumba Point Sunset Caravan Park Children Enjoying

Now that I’m a parent, I understand how much work it actually takes to bring your family away from cozy beds, refrigerators, and showers to create all those special memories.

It’s extra work but for parents, but for me there’s no doubt it’s worth it.

Not only is camping an inexpensive way to take a vacation, it brings together so many things that my family values: slowing down, removing distractions, and appreciating the beauty of the natural world.

Karumba Point Sunset Caravan Park Children Enjoying

Karumba Point Sunset Caravan Park Children Enjoying

Here’s my 7 best tips for making it easier to go camping with kids:

1. KEEP YOUR MEALS SIMPLE.

Once you’re more comfortable with all the details of camping, it can be fun to do more gourmet breakfasts or dinners, but the reality is that cooking and cleaning up after cooking can be one of the trickier parts of camping for people who are new to the routines and limitations.

And if you have young kids that need more supervision for basic safety, it can help your enjoyment tremendously if you just keep the bar low.

Boxed or canned tomato soup and grilled cheese sandwiches with a few sliced raw veggies on the side is one of my favorite goto camping meals. It’s easy to prepare, and there’s not many dishes to clean.

Plus, as long as you have s’mores, most kids don’t care what’s for dinner.

Karumba Point Sunset Caravan Park Children Enjoying

Karumba Point Sunset Caravan Park Children Enjoying

2. BRING A NEW GAME.

When camping with kids, I think it’s helpful and fun to have a new game to play for the many situations in which they will need to entertain themselves while parents set up the tent, clean up after meals, or just need a moment to sit and breathe.

 

It can also come in handy if it rains and everyone is stuck in the tent temporarily.

You could borrow or trade a board game from another family so it’s newtoyou, or pick up something used from a garagesale or thriftstore. Another idea is to have a book of card games and plan to learn a new one together as a family every time you go.

It doesn’t have to be anything that takes a lot of work or money. But, it can be a fun tradition to give them something new to look forward to.

My children are not close in age, so another thing I like to do is bring some kind of puzzle type game that can be 1 or 2 players so that my son can play it by himself if needed.

Karumba Point Sunset Caravan Park Children Enjoying

Karumba Point Sunset Caravan Park Children Enjoying

3. SEPARATE DIRTY CLOTHES AS YOU GO.

This is one of those things that I started doing that has a significant effect on making things easier when we arrive home after camping.

I use a small trash bag for each member of the family and I put it right outside the tent in the vestibule area where we also keep our shoes. This not only keeps the dirtyclothessmell outside of the sleeping area, but it makes it so much easier to do laundry when we get home.

I wash each person’s load individually without having to sort, and then each person’s load goes to their room to be folded and put away again, without any extra sorting.

This may seem small, but for me it’s the kind of thing that just makes the returninghome experience less effort. I get the laundry started right away when we return while my husband unloads the car.

Karumba Point Sunset Caravan Park Children Enjoying

Karumba Point Sunset Caravan Park Children Enjoying

4. GO WITH OTHER FAMILIES.

If you’re new to camping, going with another family who is more experienced can be a huge help in seeing how they do things, what kind of gear they use, and just sharing the load in terms of cooking, setting up and taking down tents, and watching kids.

We love to go camping with other families because it’s fun for both the adults and kids to have some extra friends around. We will also often plan ahead to take turns with meals and again this is something that makes it so much easier.

If your kids are different ages from the other families or have different stamina levels when it comes to hiking, it can help to plan for each family to do their own activities during the day, but then come back together for dinner and campfire time.

When I was a single parent, I did not have the capacity to take my son camping alone, so I always opted to go with other families. If you have a friend who is a single parent or has a spouse who travels often on weekends, consider inviting them to go with you.

Children Watching giphy

Children Watching giphy

5. PICK ONE THING YOU WANT TO TEACH THEM.

Have I mentioned I love camping? I love camping. Even writing this, I keep thinking about fun camping memories and it’s making me eager to plan the next trip. So far, my family has been camping four times in 2017.

One of the things I enjoy doing at the campsite is taking the opportunity to teach my kids something in a very handson way.

Of course, many learning opportunities will come up spontaneously, but picking one thing I’m going to make extra time for is a fun way for me to be intentional about things that matter to me. It helps me slow down and take the extra time to explain something and give them a chance to learn how to do it.

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