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If you haven't done something before, it can seem scary or too much work. Usually something is scary because you don't know how to do something or how something will go and your brain goes to all the things that might go wrong! This is actually a useful risk management tool as long as it doesn't stop you actually doing what you want to do.

So let's look at the things you want to consider when you go camping with kids and what to expect based on my experience of course and not guaranteeing that you will have the same experience!

Clothing dress in layers. Very often it is cool overnight, so the morning requires a few extra layers that can be peeled off as the day warms up and then added back on again as it cools down again at night. Hats, gloves, scarves are a must. Avoid cotton clothing if you need to stay really warm. Fleece and down are better, but be aware that if down gets wet, it looses it insulation properties. Expect the kids to get dirty, so bring extra sets of clothing and leave the party clothes at home.

Bedding bring extra blankets for the kids and include warm hats that can be worn to bed. We loose between 7% and about 50% of our heat through our head, depending on whether or not we are exercising or not (and if you're cold and shivering that counts as exercising), so it pays to stay warm to start with.

Food your kids will be hungry. Ensure you have plenty of healthy snacks and meals that the kids like. We stock up on dried fruit, nuts, fresh fruit, cheese, and a few treats.

Equipment there are a few items that can make camping easier or more pleasant. We use a traveling booster seat until the kids are old enough to sit by themselves. It has a built in tray and is freestanding, although I like to lean it against something sturdy to make sure Ian doesn't knock it over if he gets a little exuberant while he's eating. You can also take it into restaurants if you end up at one that doesn't have a highchair, or has run out as it can strap to just about any chair. We also take a dust pan and brush with us to brush out the tent floor. Even with a "no shoes inside" rule, it's amazing how much dirt migrates inside. You can use a door mat or small square of carpet outside the door to help minimize the dirt getting inside.

Information on activities you can research the area on the internet or in guide books for day hikes or other interesting things to see or do. If you are camping in a National Park, it always pays to visit the local ranger station as local knowledge always beats any write up on the internet or in a guide book. They can also tell you what's interesting right now like where the best spot to see wildflowers is, or where the best spot to see your favorite bird is. We always take field guides for birds and trees with us too. Learning about new species is always fascinating

Patience allow time for discovery. This is the best part of camping. Every rock, plant, wildlife sighting can be a moment of discovery, especially for young children.

For other ideas about camping with kids, try this site:

Love the outdoors

Ultimately, camping is about having fun, enjoying each others company and exploring nature and all the lessons nature provides. It is a very rewarding experience.

posted on: 2/14/2008 1:00:00 PM by Katherine Macey
category: Travel


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Katherine Macey, Ph.D., is a professional organizer who is passionate about helping people improve their lives and achieve their goals. She works mainly with academics in their offices and with residential clients in their home offices.

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