Away from electronics and all the distractions of modern life, camping offers an unbeatable way for families to relax and connect. It’s also an opportunity to help children discover the pleasures of the great outdoors.
Test the waters before investing money in camping equipment. Borrow or rent a tent, camping stove and other items. While most people love camping, it’s not for everyone. You may find that a better option for your family would be to rent a cabin by a lake.
For a first camping trip, choose a campground with amenities like a swimming pool, hiking trails and bike rentals in addition to restrooms and showers.
Sleep comfortably by bringing along a self-inflating sleeping pad and favorite pillows from home.
Get the kids involved by assigning them things to do to pitch in and help.
Take measures to keep everyone safe. Pack a first aid kit, and check for broken glass and poison ivy once you arrive at your campsite.
Give the kids whistles to wear in case they are separated or become lost. Don’t leave a fire unattended, and make sure it is completely out before going to bed.
Don’t over-schedule activities, but try some that you may not normally do at home. These can include looking for constellations guided by an astronomy book or playing board games.