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Camping Tips for Family Trips

A family camping trip can be a great time to put away electronic devices, enjoy the outdoors, and create family memories. Camping with kids, especially younger ones, can seem overwhelming but with these tips families can enjoy a simple, fun camping trip with kids of any age.


Do a trial run

Before you load the car, pack up your tent, and head to the campground it is a good idea to practice camping at home first. Set up the tent and do a trial campout in the backyard. This will give the kids a chance to get comfortable sleeping in a new environment with the safety net of going back to the house if things do not go as expected. Once you have had a successful campout in the backyard the kids will be excited, and more comfortable, when you decide to venture a little farther from home.


Don’t rough it

Beginner campers, and those with young kids, will likely have success planning a trip to a campground that you can drive your car to directly. Most state and national parks provide electricity, water, and indoor restrooms. This experience will make for an easier and less stressful camping trip for everyone.

Keep it simple

When packing for your camping trip, try to keep things simple. Don’t overpack when it comes to clothing, but do bring layers in case the weather gets cooler in the evening. When planning meals, choose things that are simple and enjoyable for kids. Consider borrowing or renting camping equipment rather than buying. Items can always be purchased later, if you decide that camping is something your family enjoys and would like to do often. Plan your arrival with plenty of daylight hours remaining so that you are not setting up camp in the dark. Remember that it may take you longer to set up because you have kids to consider as well.


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