How to pack for camping in a tent with kids?
Are you a busy mum, wanting to take a break from daily life and take your kids camping? What a great idea! However, this doesn’t mean that you should head out for a camping trip with nothing but the clothes on your back. You will have to carry some essential supplies to make your stay outdoors enjoyable and safe. Read on to see which camping essentials to pick for your family adventure.
What to pack?
There are a few things that you will need to make to have an enjoyable outdoor stay. Make sure that you have the right clothes, equipment for cooking your meals and a shelter to stay protected and safe.
Kids are quite demanding so take care of the necessities to make them happy. The plan, however, is not to be as comfortable as you usually are at home as the main reason for going camping is to rough it up a little bit and to enjoy nature.
I suggest that you ask your kids for a little help. First, explain to them that you are going to nature so they don’t need a game or a phone. Tell kids to pick their things for camping while explaining them which things are important and which are not.
Make a plan of activities that you will do together like cooking, getting water and woods, pitching a tent, watching the animals etc. Let the children take a board game which will spice things up if they will be bored.
These are some of the things that you will need if you will be tent camping with children.
1. General equipment
These are the essentials to make your adventure safe.
- A tent – it will protect you from rain and wind and also keep animals and bugs away from your sleeping area.
- A sleeping bag – You can get an air mattress for extra comfort. Don’t forget the pump for your mattress.
- A lantern for lighting
- Flashlights for moving around your campsite at night. Get extra batteries as well.
- Tarps and a ground cover. They will ensure that your tent’s interior is dry when it will rain.
- A multi-purpose tool with a knife
- A rope or a cord. You will use it to tie things up at camp. You can also use it to create a clothesline for hanging your wet clothes.
- Toilet paper
- Biodegradable soap for washing up
- A towel
- An axe for cutting wood for your fire
- Extra stakes to secure your tent
- Sheets and blankets
- A pillow (optional). You can fold your jacket and use it as a pillow.
2. Kitchen items
Cooking over a campfire is fun and your kids can help you here as well. I recommend you to bring foods that are not perishable quickly. You will need the following kitchen items to make your tummies fed.
- A stove for cooking your meals
- Plates and mugs for your meals and drinks
- A kitchen knife
- A coffee pot to prepare your favorite beverage
- A large pot and a frying pan
- Cooking utensils such as spoons and forks. You can get a spork that serves two purposes.
- A folding table. Your campsite may have a campsite table and a folding table is just optional.
- A cutting board for preparing your foodstuff for cooking
- A water container full of water
- A purifier or iodine tablets for purifying your water
- Non-perishable foods
- A can opener
- A cooler for perishable foods
- Tongs and grill forks
Having the right pieces of clothes is vital when staying outdoors. Nature can surprise you with rain and cold temperatures so make sure you bring extra synthetic clothes to stay dry and protected. Cotton material is warm but it absorbs the moisture easily so it isn’t recommendable to wear in case of rain or snow. The things you need:
- Boots for the rough terrain in the woods
- Extra t-shirts
- A jacket
- Extra underwear
- Rain gear
- Swimsuit if you are camping close to a water source
4. Personal items
You will also have to pack a few personal items for you’re the great outdoors such as;
- Toothbrush and toothpaste
- A comb or a hairbrush
- A razor
- Your medication
- Shower gel
- Feminine beauty products
- Shower cap
- Bug repellent
- A book
- First aid kit
As a mum you have a lot of obligations and little time for yourself, right? Nature is one of the best cures for work overload and stress so why don’t you take a break and go camping? First, make a plan so you won’t forget anything and pick a spot where you will be putting things from the checklist. Kids should help you to make things more exciting and less stressful for you.
Before you go, make sure that your house is protected and locked up. As you will take your kids with you, make sure that they will be safe during the outdoor stay. I shouldn’t forget to remind you that you are going outdoors to refill your batteries so pick your favorite book or just relax in the silence of the woods whiles kids are playing.