While we'd all like to think that camping is only sunshine and happy times.
But the reality is that weather is unpredictable, whether you've scheduled a camping trip or not.
Even if you monitor the weather like a hawk before you go, it's always best to be prepared for anything. Here's how:”Read
Camping can be a whole ton of fun - we like it enough that we go 5-6 times per year.
But any seasoned camping family can tell you that these 5 things happen on the regular - and if you're not prepared for them, you're not going to enjoy camping as much as you could. These 5 things show you what to be prepared for when camping with kids, and what to bring camping with kids so you'll never be stuck without a solution to common problems!
With everything, to each their own, though. These are only suggestions, so take what works for you and apply it, and forget the rest.
After all, camping is all about you and what you want it to be.
Regardless, at least try to be prepared for these 5 things:”Read
There's something about Christmas lights that bring out the child in all of us.
Or when we're camping, maybe the redneck (rural American??).
Perhaps some of both?
Since we've already established that I am definitely more of a "glamper" than true naturalist, it shouldn't come as a surprise that I find a campsite strung with Christmas (or other cool) lights to be very, very exciting.
We're already outside enjoying a bonfire whilst fending off mosquitos, and as the sun sets, lights on campers and tents only add to the fun, carefree night time environment. In some ways, it takes me back to bonfires at summer camp, boys I had crushed on, and sneaking glances behind our counselors back. Summer camp was serious business, but now as I look back at it, it was probably because the darkness + romantic lighting created the right environment for it.
And the alcohol certainly doesn't hurt this memory state.”Read
We're getting all set for our 5-Day Memorial Day camping trip to Rustic Acres Campground.
This will be our first time camping at a private campground (as opposed to using our annual parks pass at a national or state park) so I did a quit preparation post about this campground, what to expect, and with details about the campground if you're considering camping at this private campground or another.
Now that we've prepared for the difference in campground, it's time to get set with a meal plan! Being 45 minutes from the closest Walmart + trying to stay within a budget means that meal planning is absolutely essential!
I give you these meal plans for free to help you out, but I did want to make a couple of notes about this one and others:”Read
You've selected the perfect spot for your family camping trip. The tent is phenomenal, you've scoped out nearby activities, the kids are excited, and you're maybe even starting to look forward to the trip.
But now, you have to pack.
Packing for a camping trip with kids is no small feat! Sure, you would love to be able to jet off the an all-inclusive resort, pack minimal clothing, and call it done, but let's be real: you've chosen a vacation that is not only more frugal, but that will help you family bond like no other vacation could.”Read
If camping makes you think of bugs, grime, and sweat, then these camping essentials are for you.
I can't guarantee that this list will eliminate all of the bugs, all of the grime, or all of the sweat, but packing them definitely help get rid of some of the discomfort of camping - provided you don't leave home without them!
The first part of this list has to do with all of the dirt, grime, and bugs - mainly keeping them off!”Read
Just the title gives me the willies, but like it or not, we're going camping with a baby this weekend. A 10-month old baby, who can't quite walk, and who has no concept of what is "dirty" and what is "clean." A baby who requires quite a bit of time, attention, and entertainment.
And we're terrified.
Before baby (we call it BB, in case you're wondering) we did quite a bit of camping. In fact, I spent 2 separate weeks in the Boundary Waters between Canada and the United States canoeing, portaging, and generally roughing it. Today, I look back on those trips as some of the happiest times of my life.
We knew since our daughter was born that we wanted a love of the outdoors to be ingrained in her, but I freely admit that since college I've become something of a posh princess. I work most of my days at a computers, and I really enjoy my air conditioning. I'm not sure I can survive without internet for a full day, much less a weekend, and when you throw a baby into the mix, well, there had a better be a bunch of strong drinks! Still, if I had so much fun camping during my childhood and teen years, shouldn't I figure out a way to make those same memories for my daughter?
So I researched, planned, and asked a whole ton of other moms, and here are the tips that I came up with. I am happy to report that our first camping trip as a family was a success, and best of all our little girl slept a solid 15 hours her first night back at home!”Read