Camping with your kids – words Adam Wallander

Millions of families are choosing to pitch up their tents and take up camping every year. Who wouldn’t be tempted by the idea of a picturesque camping trip in the great outdoors?

According to Mintel data, 17.9 million camping trips were taken by UK adults in 2017, and almost an extra million trips expected to be taken this year. These figures aren’t surprising as camping provides families an affordable, exciting and adventure-packed holiday that won’t be easily beaten. If you are planning on taking the plunge then here are a few handy tips to get you started.

 

  1. Preparation is key!

Every parent knows that where family activities are concerned, preparation is key! Do your research to ensure you have all the right equipment. Don’t know where to start? Check out the Halfords camping with kids guide for insight from online outdoor family heroes, useful tips, camping essentials, activities for every occasion and easy recipes that the kids will love!

It’s also worth making a check list for all your camping gear and food. Remembering to acquire some specialist camping cooking equipment is key for warming evening meals! Once you think you’ve packed the lot, double, triple, even quadruple check to ensure nothing’s left behind. There’s not much worse than pitching up at a campsite and realising you’ve left the tent poles at home! When the kids are in bed toasty and warm with a full belly, you’ll be thanking yourself.

Do your research when it comes to choosing a campsite. There are various campsites that are family orientated with plenty of kid’s facilities. Pick one that isn’t too far if you’re only planning on going for a few days or a long weekend. Long car journeys can take it out of you and the kids, and it’s best to be fresh for your campsite fun! You’ll also need to consider locations that aren’t too far from amenities, activities and medical care for any family situation.

  1. Making the most of your time

Once all the planning is done, the fun can begin! Make the most of your time in the great outdoors. Plan plenty of days out and activities for the whole family. Renting or bringing your own bikes is a great way to ensure the kids make the most of the outdoors. Tiring them out might even mean that you get a couple of hours to yourself after they’ve gone to bed!

When you’re busy it’s easy to forget where you are and how quickly time is going. Record what you are doing with plenty of pictures and videos. You’ll be kicking yourself if you don’t capture memories from some of the amazing destinations that you discover.

  1. Get the most out of the great outdoors

The great outdoors offers so many benefits for our kids. For instance, a Children’s Society study found that quality outdoors time improves children’s physical health, mental health and development! At the same time, the natural world is a wonderful place, full of fascination and mysteries, which every child deserves to learn about and explore for themselves.

Campsites are the perfect place for kids to explore the natural world, discover and adventure, and every different child will have a unique sense of what an adventure might be! For your littlest one, it might mean the opportunity to see farm animals close-up, and even get the chance to feed them. Meanwhile, older kids will find plenty of ways to create awesome stories to bring back to the school playground. Many sites offer activities as diverse as cycling, archery, quad biking and rafting for the kids to enjoy!

Camping with your kids – words Adam Wallander