Many families can’t afford to go on expensive package holidays, so sometimes camping holidays can be much better for a budget holiday.
A lot of people still have hang ups about camping, thinking its all creepy crawlies and chemical toilets.
But modern campsites and tents are a lot more comfortable than you would expect. Some campsites offer tents with separate bedrooms and fully sprung beds and amenities.
Camping doesn’t necessarily mean you need to stay in a tent as many sites have luxury mobile homes with fully equipped bathrooms and luxury amenities.
These mobile homes are generally more expensive than tents but are still great value for money when you are travelling with a family. Some people may think going camping with a baby would be a nightmare, but the only major concern is they may tend to awake at dawn.
This can be solved by getting a tent with curtains or something similar to block sunlight. Another factor to bear in mind is that babies cannot control their temperature as older children so you will have to make sure they are warm and cool as appropriate.
With luxury mobile homes you will find that they usually have heating and air conditioning. When camping with children, preparation is everything. You should make a list of important things so that you don’t forget them.
This is especially important with babies, for such things as nappies and wet wipes. Medication and inhalers are also very important to remember to pack; the trip could be a nightmare if something as important as these were forgotten.
If you forget to pack something of slightly less importance there will be a strong chance that the shop on your campsite will stock them. Items such as first aid kits, cough syrup, sun cream are also recommended to take along. When it comes to night times, it is worth bearing in mind that the temperature will drop quite dramatically so it will make the ground cold.
It is a good idea to bring along some kind of mat or inflatable mattress that will raise children off the cold ground while they sleep. You should have at least one torch for each family member and plenty of batteries for games consoles and music players.
One of the biggest challenges will be keeping your children entertained. Most campsites will have some form of entertainment, but it is recommended to take plenty of books and games to keep everyone busy. Camping is meant to be about having fun and getting a bit dirty so bear that in mind when packing clothes, there is a good chance your kids will get filthy and get through a lot of clothes. Its is best to choose clothes that wont get ruined and to bring at least two pairs of shoes per child.
When you arrive at the campsite, make sure your children get to know the layout of the campsite and where your tent is in relation to the rest of the site. Walk around the campsite with them so you are all familiar with it and make sure you lay down some rules about where they can go and what they can do.
Hopefully you will give a camping holiday with your children a chance and will enjoy your experiences.
About the Author
This article was written on behalf of French Freedom holidays who deal with Camping France and Mobile Homes Fra