Planning a family camping trip can be hectic, and it can sometimes seem like there’s an endless list of things to prepare. If your family is quite big, it can be a real challenge to even find a destination that everyone is happy with, let alone plan activities for when you actually get there. If you don’t know where to start with planning your camping trip, follow these tips for everything you need for the perfect family holiday.
It’s no secret that making decisions as a family can be tricky, especially if you have teenagers who can be pretty stubborn about their preferences. If you have younger children, it might be a good idea to leave them out of some of the decisions, just to make the planning a little easier for you. If your children are older, though, the chances are that they’ll want to have a say in where you go and what you do on your camping trip. The key to negotiating these decisions is to listen to everyone’s ideas and try to reach a compromise, but make sure they know that the adults get the final say. After all, you’ll be the one doing all the planning!
A good way of deciding on what activities you’ll do on your camping trip is to have everyone write down their favourite outdoor activities – within reason, of course. You can then gather all of these together and make sure that everyone gets to do at least one of their preferred activities. This is a great opportunity to teach younger children about fairness and thinking of others, as well as providing you with a way of meeting everyone’s demands.
Camping trips are all about preparation, and this is all the more important if you have children. It’s essential that you prepare for every possible type of weather, as well as for any activity that your children might want to do. Although it might feel as though you’re packing things that aren’t necessary, bringing clothes for wet weather, hot weather and chilly evenings is one of the most important things. You’re also likely to need games and sports equipment to keep everyone entertained, ensuring that some of it can be used indoors on rainy days.
When it comes to electricals, you’ll likely have a preference of how much or how little you want to bring. Some campers prefer to go tech-free and only bring a power pack to charge phones in an emergency, while others will want to have as many home comforts as possible. If you’re staying in a caravan or campervan, you might even bring a generator with you to power lights, cooking equipment and other electricals. Whatever your preferred style of camping, make sure you have some emergency form of power, just in case you need it.
A successful camping trip relies on having the necessary practical equipment to cook, dry clothes, fix anything that might break, and take care of any bites, cuts, grazes or sunburn. Although practical items aren’t the most exciting things to pack, they are certainly the most important and will serve you well during your trip. For cooking, you’ll need a camping stove with spare gas canisters, cooking pots with lids, a can opener, a bottle opener, one sharp knife and, of course, plates and utensils. You may also need a water container and a water filter, depending on where you’ll be camping. You should also bring a washing up bowl with washing up liquid and sponges, a torch with spare batteries, and a washing line with pegs to hang wet towels and clothes.
When it comes to first aid, a travel first aid kit should be enough to treat minor cuts, scrapes and bites. Make sure it includes plasters and dressings, antiseptic wipes, saline solution and bite cream. You should also bring cream for sunburn, pain relieving medication, allergy medication, insect repellent and a good supply of any medications that your family takes regularly. Make sure that everyone in your family knows where the first aid kit is and how to use it, just in case they need it.
When it comes to planning a family camping trip, it’s important to try and plan for every eventuality, which can be difficult when you’re trying to keep everyone happy. The chances are that things won’t all go to plan, so try to accept this and go with whatever happens. After all, it’s meant to be fun!