8 top tips for camping with the kids
It’s the season to get out in the wild and switch off. Here are Banjo HQ’s 8 top tips for camping with the kids this summer.
Take the right gear
- Sleeping bags vary in warmth (and price!). Do your research before you buy.
- These Solar lamps can sit outside all day charging and then provide a gentle light for reading or for be hung around the neck for a late-night wild wee if needed.
- Microfibre towels pack up small and dry fast- take spares, you’re bound to need them!
- A travel clothes line- it’s amazing how much wet stuff can be generated over one weekend!
Don’t hold back on the snacks
- Bento-style boxes are great for giving every kid their own selection of nibbles for the journey or for whilst you’re setting up camp.
- Pre-make a stash of healthy energy balls which will keep everyone going and will keep for a couple of days.
- It’s also important to secretly pack some extra special treats for bribery purposes should you need them!
Fun and games
- In case of rain, pack plenty that can be played inside the tent . How about travel games or activity books? And when the sun shines, why not set up a scavenger hunt or get your kids to be leaf detectives?
- Get yourself a small set of drawers and unpack your bags as you would in a hotel. You can even get one for each kid to encourage them to keep all their bits and bobs in one place. Shoe organisers can also be great- hang them, fill them up and keep everything nice and tidy!
- Don’t forget the suncream and first aid kit!
- Save time and keep everyone clean by setting up a portable hand washing station so they don’t have to run to the wash block every time they get grubby.
- Onesies are the cosiest option for the evenings when camping. Though stick to layers for sleep time so that it’s not a kerfuffle if someone needs the loo during the night!
- We all like to relax the rules on holiday but if you’re away for more than one night, it’s good to keep elements of your normal bedtime routine in place so everyone gets the rest they need. Don’t forget that downtime, teeth-brushing and stories help get everyone in the mood to hunker down.
Don’t forget the coffee
- The only thing that beats seeing the kids spring happily out of your tent into the early morning sunshine is doing it with a steaming cup of coffee in your hand. Now that’s happy camping.