Young children are excited by exploration, and camping provides a new and exciting outdoor space for their inquisitive nature. But we couldn't deny that outdoor camping with toddlers can be a challenging experience.
What could go wrong when you bring a young child out into the wilderness? You might have many things on your list. It might rain, you might get stuck without enough food, and you might have to give up your tent midway through the trip. Those are just the beginning of all of the potential problems.
It’s natural to have concerns about young children when camping, so it’s critical to plan, prepare, and discuss boundaries with them. Activities and games aren’t as important as being aware that this adventure is one they will lead you on—with your help.
This article aims to give camping tips for families with toddlers.
Introduce Camping Concept through Picture Books
Reading a book about camping with toddlers might inspire some ideas about what they could do while camping. It might also start conversations between you and your child about things to avoid and related camping etiquette.
Camping books we recommend include:
Role Play Camping with Toddlers at Home First
There are a few different ways to go camping with toddlers: you can pitch a tent up in the yard or go in style using a camping caravan. Practise camping at home before travelling, so it isn’t all new to your children.
Only bring the things you will have access to when you go camping. If you’re taking an outdoor toilet, practice using it now. You could also use practise with pretend play to encourage toddlers to learn about some things, such as making a campfire and going fishing.
Prepare a Family Camping Checklist
Preparing for a family camping trip is crucial, especially for first-time campers. Get your kids involved in making your list. Here are some questions that you should ask:
- What do you want to bring with you?
- What type of shelter will you use?
- What will you sleep on if you don’t have your bed or cot?
- What will you do when you wake up?
- What will you drink when you get thirsty?
- Will you take your good clothes or adventure clothing?
Set Realistic Expectations
When planning a camping trip, don’t pack toys that require batteries or could be easily damaged. Instead, have your child bring ones that encourage them to explore:
- Buckets, spades and fork sets for toddlers are ideal for the beach or garden
- Binoculars (play and real)
- Empty containers for collecting things
- A saucepan or other sand-kitchen playthings (if heading to the beach)
- A notebook and glue for sticking found things inside
- Chalk (helpful in marking trees)
- Allow them to bring one or two of their favourite comfort toys. Put them in charge of taking special care of their comforters
When you plan your camping trips with your toddlers, you can create a more enjoyable experience for all of you. If you are well prepared, your children will more likely enjoy their time with you. Preparing is not just about telling them what the trip will be like, but ensuring that you have all the camping supplies necessary to help keep everyone safe and comfortable.
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