Camping is awesome, the fresh air, nature, fires.
When we were younger, we didn’t mind roughing it with the bare essentials, tent, tongs and a braai grill, and beer. Once kids get involved, you need to have a few more items to ensure your camping trip doesn’t turn into your last camping trip.
Here it is, your essentials list for camping with kids.
- Tents. One for the kids, and one for the adults. You don’t wanna be rummaging around the tent in the dark in fear of waking up the wee ones.
- Camping chairs. Everyone needs a chair. You don’t want to be fighting with the toddlers for a spot around the fire.
- If you are using an air mattress, you need a ground sheet and fitted sheet. It can get chilly in the evenings, especially for the wee ones. You can also use the ground sheets for the campsite during the day.
- Sleeping bags.
- Games, toys, balls, stuff to keep the kids occupied. Leave the screens at home, they won’t ask for it if they know it isn’t there.
- Marshmallows. Nothing more exciting than going to find yourself a stick to roast your own marshmallow on the open flames.
- First aid kit. Plasters, tweezers, surgical spirits, cotton wool, meds for nausea, diarrhea, Anti histamine, Insect repellent and something for pain and fever. Make sure you know where the nearest Hospital or Doctor is in case of emergencies.
- Sun screen and hats.
- Lanterns for inside the tent, and a torch for the kids.
- Table. You don’t want to be prepping food, bottles, baby food on your lap, or the floor.
- Shade, you can’t have the kids baking in the sun all day, they will be bleak, and then you will be bleak.
- Water, lots of drinkable water.
- Don’t forget to take a towel.
Set up camp away from the river/dam if your kids are mobile but can’t swim.
If you are in the desert, closed shoes after dark (for scorpions & snakes) and check your shoes before you put them on in the morning, you don’t want that kind of fright, it stays with you forever.
Keep your first few trips nice and short. A couple of nights. Once the kids are used to the set up, longer stays are easier to navigate.
This list is just to get you started, do a bit of homework on the place that you are going to. Most spots will have a website, read it, show your wife, let her read it, look at the pictures.