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8 tips for camping with kids

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Posted at 1:30 PM, Jul 12, 2016
and last updated 2016-07-14 13:17:01-04

Kamille Marshall is one of our outdoor pros, especially when it comes to kids and the outdoors. She shared a few tips and tricks to ensure you and your little explorers have an unforgettable adventure.

  1. Safety first
    Camping is a great opportunity to teach your children safety and survival skills! Teaching children to be aware of their surroundings is very important. One great way to do that is to use an iSpy Scavenger hunt game to play first thing when getting to the campsite. Click here for a great printable. Another great safety game is to use an animal track guide which you can find here. It is wise for children (and adults) to be aware of the animal tracks around the campground. You never know what type of animal might be in the area.
  2.  Invest in good camping gear
    Invest in gear that is built to last. It makes all the difference. Don't pay for something twice when you can buy right the first time.
    Here are a few recommended brands:
    Yeti Coolers
    BOB strollers
    Dexter hiking packs 
  3. Take a test run.
    Spend a night camping in the backyard or a campground close to home before you head into the back country with your family.
  4. Involve your kids.
    Put the kiddos to work doing age appropriate tasks, they will love it!
  5. Keep it simple.
    Space is limited when you go camping, make sure you are only packing the necessities. Click here for a great packing list. A great way to keep meals simple is to use a dutch oven. Using a dutch oven is also a great and easy way to let the kids help prepare.
  6. Invite Friends
    The more the merrier.
  7. No electronics
    Encourage your children to use their imaginations! Instead of electronics, let your children put together a busy binder and busy bin full of things to do. They won't have any reason to say, "mom, I'm board!"
  8. Stay positive and enthusiastic
    Remember to have fun and enjoy making memories with the people that mean the most!

Good luck and have fun camping this season!