There is nothing like the feeling of camping as a family. Not only is it a pleasant and memorable thing to do together, it is also a big part of fostering a love for the outdoors in our children. But as anyone who has built a family will tell you, camping with your kids and loved ones can defintely mean attending to a different set of needs, wants, gear and demands. While a lone woodsman can get by with just the bare essentials, a family requires far more. Don’t sweat it though, we’ve got you covered. Here are a few quick and easy tips and gear choices that will have you and yours out in the great outdoors and enjoying it.
Camping is a blast but it can get messy. Whether it’s smores gone wrong, cleaning some freshly caught fish, or falling into a muddy puddle that happened to have the leftovers of some animal’s dinner in it, life outdoors is not always sterile. While you may be totally used to getting your hands dirty, your family may not be. Keep them comfortable. This also helps with sanitation when it comes time to eat.
People don’t always remember that when they go into the woods, there aren’t too many comfortable places to sit. While you may be the type to sit anywhere, and use anything from a stump to a less-than-sharp rock as a chair, chances are there are folks in your family who feel differently. If you are camping near your vehicle, on a lake or near a creek, it is a great idea to toss a couple folding chairs into the truck. This subtle sense of comfort can go a long way when it comes to keeping everyone content.
It gets dark at night. You know that, and you’re probably used to it. You may even be the type who enjoys only the light of the campfire, or letting your eyes adjust to the dark so you can better see the stars. That’s all good and well, but if you have small children, they will likely not be as fond of the darkness as you are. Headlamps, lots of them, will be your saving grace. Whether they are getting out of the tent in the middle of the night to go outside and pee, or just a little scared of being in total darkness, headlamps will save the day. They are way better than flashlights, as it is harder for a kid to lose a light that is strapped to their head.
Sure, sticking your hands in your pockets helps when you get cold. But when camping with family, you will need to take their discomfort into account. Remember, it’s all about fostering a love for the outdoors in them. Handwarmers help a great deal when extremities get too cold around that campfire. They can even double as footwarmers.