Camping with kids can be daunting. After a summer full of camping fails and successes we wanted to share a few tips for having a successful camp out with kids.
#1 Trial Run
We highly recommend doing a back yard camp out first before the real deal. This will give you a huge confidence boost as well as a reality check. If you "forget" anything, you won't have to go far to get it, and add it to your list of survival items.
#2 Pick your Gear
For toddlers, we always take our pack in play, but for babies we found this gem of a bed the dockatot. Its portable, light, and best of all, snug! I always had a hard time falling asleep next to my babies because I was so scared I would roll over them in the night. With the dockatot you can keep baby close but safe. It is life changing for camping with a baby. You could even fit it in your sleeping back and sleep well knowing that your baby is safe and secure.
#3 Beat Boredom
We always bring a stack of favorite books and a few small games to help keep the kids engaged and entertained. Our favorite camping game is Spot it. It's small with no small pieces to keep track of and even the littlest of players can play along.
#4 Be Prepared
How many times do you have a flash light but no batteries? We found these solar lanterns a few years ago and have never looked for batteries since. Life changing I tell you! The solar panels charge quickly and we have never run out of light. They are inflatable and waterproof too! They put off great light and they collapse flat for easy storage.
Hope these tips give you some confidence to tackle camping with kids. We can't promise that it will be smoothly, but we can promise that you will make some unforgettable memories.