Camping with kids can either go really well or really bad. While kids do seem to enjoy the great outdoors, they can get bored from time to time and drive mom and dad crazy. If you’re planning to go camping with kids and want some tips to entertain kids while camping then you’ve come to the right place.
Camping with kids makes it easy to plan a budget friendly vacation! Your expenses are going to be much lower than if you were to get a hotel room, and the camping experience is something your kids will cherish forever.
It doesn’t matter how old or how young your kids are, bringing entertainment is a must when it comes to camping with kids. Pack some board games (we like games like Uno, Skip-bo and Crocodile Dentist, bring along toys that can be used in water and dirt and if you’re bringing along any tablets or smartphones then download some apps that they can use to do scavenger hunts while camping in the woods.
Set Ground Rules
Kids thrive most on routine and knowing what to expect. Prior to venturing out on your family camping trip be sure to set ground rules and expectations ahead of time. This will ensure that your kids know what you expect of them during your time camping. Put the ground rules on a Dry Erase Board that you can easily display at your camping site so the kids don’t pretend they forgot the rules you set.
Kids will often get bored during a camping trip because there’s too much down time for them to feel boredom strike. Be sure you work together to create memory making moments and plan activities that will work on some important camping skills. These can be anything from taking a nature walk to learning some campfire safety tips.
Have Kids Pack Their Own Stuff
Lastly, if all else fails you can have your kids pack their own stuff. This will ensure that they’re taking initiative to have things that they truly enjoy being entertained with. Be certain that you set some rules on what’s allowed and not allowed on this camping trip and review what your kids have packed. This will help make your kids feel important and allow them to plan their own fun adventures while camping.
Plan for Campfire Treats
Many people enjoy roasting marshmallows by the campfire. Be sure you pack supplies to be able to make s’mores or at least roast some marshmallows during your camping trip. This will surely entertain the kids will you’re gearing up for the end of the night during each camping trip day. Gathering around the campfire to enjoy some campfire treats will help you wind down the kids in preparation for bedtime.
The best tip I can provide you for keeping kids entertained while camping is that you plan ahead by setting ground rules, allowing the kids to pack their own toys and games as well as planning for some family fun to do together. These tips I shared today will help ensure that the entire family enjoys your next camping trip with minimal boredom moments.