Outdoor enthusiasts like Tyler Grasham know the value of spending time in the wilderness. When children spend time with their families in the great outdoors, they are making precious memories. Make the experience easier on yourself by being prepared and expecting the unexpected.
Packing for the Adventure
It’s worth checking the weather and what conditions your campsite is prone to before your departure out to the wild. Know what kind of clothes need to be in your child’s bag to ensure that they are as comfortable as possible. Similarly, know what to pack in order to keep the little one entertained during the trip.
- Prepare for cold nights. Pack plenty of sweatshirts, jackets and heavy pajamas. Your child might complain at the moment, but when they sleep soundly through the night without turning into an ice cube they will thank you!
- Bring along books that are camping-themed for quieter moments. For example, Amelia Bedelia Goes Camping by Peggy Parish and Llama Llama Loves Camping by Anna Dewdney are fun stories that will make your kids giggle.
- Appropriate shoes are very important. If you are planning on going for a hike or wading in the river, your child needs the right footwear. Look into hiking boots or sturdy tennis shoes for little ones for trailblazing, as well as water-resistant shoes like Crocs.
Keeping them Occupied
There are so many things to do while you’re out in the wilderness; just ask Tyler Grasham. However, your child might not see it that way. Keeping them busy during a camping trip is the best thing you can do to stave off the words “I’m bored!”
- Move, move, move! Tucker your little one out by going on hikes, swimming and taking walks. By the end of the day, they will be so tired that they won’t have a chance to be bored.
- Embrace the reality that your child will get dirty while out in the wild, so let them play in the dirt with toys like shovels, pails, and trucks. They will love the excuse to get dirty!
- Using glow sticks, play glow-in-the-dark tic tac toe. Kids love glow sticks already, and their novelty in playing a game is even more exciting for little ones.
Even if they’re used to endless entertainment, kids can have a good time camping. Taking them with you camping might seem like a hassle, but it has a bigger impact on little ones than you realize.