Time to dust off that tent, rummage for some chairs, and purchase an excessive amount of sunscreen and ice blocks - it's family camping season! We couldn't be more excited – but we know all too well that that keeping smiles on dials, avoiding tantrums and protecting the peace is always that much harder away from home – especially in the great outdoors. Don't let the thought scare you away yet! Once you have the essentials narrowed down, parenthood and camping are simple. Plus, it's where you'll produce the fondest memories as a family. Trust us. Whether you're seasoned campers or exposing your family to the outdoors for the first time, we've put together a list of lifesaving must-haves for your excursion.
- Camping chairs for the small ones
We will confess that selecting a camping chair is no simple task. From beach and fishing specific, to recliners, foot rests and wine holders – there's just too many options! How do you pick?! Something to keep in mind when camping with teenagers is getting them excited and engaged before you depart. A great way to do this is letting them pick their own camping chair – becoming their own responsibility (they'll love it). Start by doing some research and giving them a range of options to select from. This way they will have an item to put together themselves and feel as if they're helping set up the campsite. It's a win-win!
Like we mentioned before, letting your child pick out their very own backpack and teaching them what to pack for the‘big trip’will result in a greater interest in the camping trip. Hello, Dora the Explorer. From a water bottle, sunscreen, snacks, band aids, and even a headlamp – jump on this opportunity to bring their adventure shows to life and make them feel more involved in the experience!
Ah, the dreaded bed time. More often than not, this can be the most challenging part of camping. The key to relaxing in a new environment all comes down to comfort and familiarity. We'd recommend selecting an air mattress with a level surface or thick, self-inflating mat to create a comfortable and supportive space comparable to home. It also assists to bring along their favourite toy or blanket to make them feel more at home in the wonderful outdoors.
Whether you're heading to the seaside or it's playtime on site, it's super-important to assure your kids are protected from the sunlight. Often forgotten in the flurry of packing but trust us when we say this needs to go straight to the top of your packing list. A lightweight and easy to set up shade is the perfect choice to hide out from the sunlight, plus the puncture resistant in-built floor will assure puzzle and game pieces aren't lost in the grass or sand and little toes are protected from the sting of pesky green ants.
So, you've finally made it! Use this opportunity to not only relax but make endless memories and keep your little ones busy. From packing puzzles and board games, snorkel gear and water sports, to looking for wildlife on trails - planning ahead with a number of activities around your campsite will reduce the chance of any “Mum, Dad, I'm bored!".