Spending quality time with your family is important, and in a world full of technology, parents grow concerned about how much ‘screen time’ their kids have. This is why getting out into nature can be a refreshing experience that helps to boost your mood. The best way to bring you all together and to switch off from the rest of the world is by going on a family camping trip. You might get a few groans and moans from the kids at first, but by the end of it, they will be having a good time. For the best experience for all of you, make sure you have thought about the following.
While the whole point of the trip is to bring you all closer together, you will still need to make sure there is enough space for everyone to be comfortable. You could pack two separate tents, one of the kids and one for the adults, but that might take up more room in the car. Instead, think about what kind of family camping tents would be best suited for you. Find the ideal tent for families online or in stores by browsing through your different options.
You might want to disappear into the woods or mountains and reject all of the home comforts you’re used to, but the rest of your family might not. Research the campsite and find out what amenities that have on offer. Some are more basic than others, but at least make sure they have clean showers and toilets. A small store on-site could also be useful to top up your food and perhaps purchase some wood for a campfire. No camping trip is complete without roasting marshmallows on the fire after all!
Think about any extra gadgets or equipment that would be useful to have at hand on your trip. For example, if you have a baby, you’ll likely need a baby carrier for when you go exploring. You might also want to bring things like a compass, extra lamps and torches, a first aid kit and camping chairs to make the experience a bit more comfortable.
Although you might be going on hikes, think about what other activities are on offer. The kids might want to try their hand at canoeing or rock-climbing – does the campsite you’re staying at offer these things? Even a good play area for younger children would be a useful thing to keep them entertained. Is there a restaurant/bar area that puts on evening entertainment? It is worth considering these things to avoid grumpy, bored kids during your trip.
Finally, if you are looking to do some hiking excursions while you’re away, consider how suitable the different trails are for your family. You might want to try something more challenging, but make sure the kids can keep up with you and don’t want to give up halfway around. They should be enjoying it just as much as you are.
Camping trips are perfect for reconnecting with your family and nature, too. Just make sure that the trip offers something for everyone to keep them all happy.