Monday, August 21, 2017

16 Tricks to Camping with Kids

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Camping is one of those activities you either love as a passion or could not care less about. When I told my friends we were taking the boys for a family camping trip the reactions were priceless. I guess most people think traveling with children under a certain age automatically make you a bit "off your rocker"?! Personally, I find it rather easy to camp with kids and felt I should give some of the tricks we use. Maybe some of these will encourage you to take your kids camping! 

1. Location, Location, location. It matters where you take your kids camping. Try to find family friendly establishment with all of YOUR needs. We have a few gems we found along the way but I will only share one of them today (Adventure Bound in Portageville, NY).
2. Bring all the essentials! I promise to do a full post on everything we pack but for now lets name the basics. Think Shelter, food and WATER! Have plenty of seating. Nothing can drive you nuts if you are constantly fighting for a place to sit and eat!
3. Make sure you have a Cellular service that gets signal! If you have a serious emergency and no way of contacting anyone things can get ugly fast. We like to go hiking. We leave notice of where we are headed and use my #Verizon phone if we get lost. We make sure someone knows where we are going in case they have not heard from us. Having service to pull up Google maps or call local medical help is so VITAL! My Unlimited plan allows me to have unlimited use of data (internet) and texts/calls. I never have to worry about service in these remote areas we hike in! Do your research and invest in a great Cellular Service.
4. Pack extra shoes. I'm not sure what it is about the outdoors but the weather likes to change on you. Be prepared for anything.
5. Bring food. This saves so much money AND it rather fun to cook on a grill or campfire. Most times we buy produce at side of the road farms on the way to our campground!
6. Have recipes already planned out a head of time. Need some suggestions? Campfire BBQ RibsTwo Pot Campfire DinnerRecipe - Campfire Breakfast 
7. Bring snacks. Sometimes the grill won't light. Sometimes it is raining and you need something to tie you over until a meal can be made. Better to prevent possible meltdowns by just tossing some snacks in along with your food.
8. Stop and snap pictures. If you have been driving for a while kids get antzy. Stop and let them stretch out, run around or snap photos in random large wooden chairs like the one we found pictured above. Seems so silly to stop and do this but the kids LOVE it!
9. Have fun in nature. Anytime we travel it never goes exactly how I planned it but being flexible is the difference between the best and worst trip we have ever been on!
10. Don't NOT do something because you think the kids won't be good or they are not "big enough". My son surprises me every day with what he CAN do that I thought he was too "small" for.
11. Have lots of campfires. We joke about this but campfires are a great conversational starter. Even little kids can be "good" around campfires just give them some fire safety tips!
12. Bring those little magic color changing flame dust crystals you see at gas stations. Kids LOVE flames that change colors! Ok, confession time, so do many adults!
13. Have an emergency kit just in case! Any time on any trip you can get yourself in a bind. Be prepared!
14. Bring some games along. We always carry camp favorites like Can Jam, Ladder ball (pictured above) and a Frisbee. Also try card games since they are so easy to pack.
15. Let your kids be "bored". I found so many parents burning themselves because they were a kids only form of entertainment. The whole idea behind camping is to be "one with nature". Let them explore, collect rocks and play on their own. You need to give them the time to be creative and use their imagination! Just my 2 cents!
16. Play with them. Often times I do what is needed I forget to join in the fun. Yes, we need meals made but I also need to stop and play with the kids too! 
We have had always had success with our camping trips. I love reconnecting with my family while I disconnect from technology. It may seem weird to "unplug" but I think it is vital.
Have any tips or tricks you use when camping with your family??
What is your favorite part of Camping?

19 comments:

  1. This looks like such a fun camping trip!! I love these tips! We haven't taken our son camping yet but when we do I am totally sticking to these tricks!

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  2. We don't camp, so I didn't know any of these things. Sounds like you had a fun trip!

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  3. Extra shoes AND clothes are a must. I can't tell you how many times my kids came back from an adventure with us sans one shoe - or both!

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  4. Sometimes we will go camping and we do have a lot of fun. I like the whole idea of it because you're limited on what you can do with technology. It's just a wonderful time to spend with family.

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  5. This looks like such a fun trip for your family. I too need to remind myself to stop and enjoy the fun too.

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  6. What a fun trip! I used to love camping as a kid. I cant wait to continue the tradition!

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  7. There's something so nice about sitting around a campfire with family. I'd want to have most of our meals around a campfire!

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  8. We go camping a few times a year and every time we have a blast. We've camped at Springs, the beach, regular camping sites, and plan another 2 this year. Everyone has a blast and I love the disconnect!

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  10. We spent every summer camping with our kids when they were growing up. Best family vacations ever!

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  11. we love camping! And it's so good to see another family who really cooks good food over the fire, not just some burned hot dogs!

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  12. I have never been camping in my life. I really need to go with my kids though because it seems fun!

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  13. We love to go camping as often as we can. It is so important to pack enough food for everyone. I usually pack to much. I always look for camp grounds that are close to hiking trails.

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  14. We are planning our first camping trip on a long time. I am looking for a good quality air mattress to sleep on.

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  15. Sounds like so much fun. I am too scared to go camping because I am so scared of creepy crawlies so my little one will go with his dad.

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  16. I've never considered taking my kids camping. These tips make it seem fun and not as hard. Thanks for sharing.

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  17. We have been saying we are going to start camping for the last few years but we never do. This may have just given me the push I need!

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  18. Yes, we love to go camping with the kids. It gives all a time to get really connected.

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  19. looks like a great time! i haven't been camping with my kids in a long time.

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