We all love holidays… it’s a time to throw off your stress and worries, concentrate on enjoying yourself and see new things. But if you’re planning an outdoors trip such as camping, hiking or trekking and you want to take your kids along then plan ahead and you’ll find the trip is much more enjoyable!
Things To Think About
Of course most families who take their kids on holiday go the easy route and book a family friendly holiday, but what if you’re not inclined to go to a beach for two weeks or visit a theme park? What if you want your children to enjoy the great outdoors just like you do? Well with a bit of planning and thought there’s no reason why you can’t all enjoy your holiday and let’s face it… most kids just love being outdoors so it’s a win-win situation!
If you’re off on a camping holiday then of course you’ll need to either get a bigger tent so that all of your family can fit in or you can get your kids a tent of their own. For smaller children, the first is obviously the better choice… especially if you’re going to be camping in more exposed territory, but older children love the freedom of being in their own tent, so consider your choices before you leave.
Next you’re going to have to do some preparatory work on your children. If they’re the sort of kids who crave fish fingers and chips then you’ll really have to get cooking and teach your kids the wonders of campfire food as it’s this they’ll be eating. Tinned food and fresh food can be cooked easily on a campfire or on a camping stove, so make it fun and your kids will love the adventure. Just remember that generally children and fire do not mix very well… always keep your eyes peeled!
Clothing For Your Trip
Your children are going to need some tough, warm clothing if you’re planning a camping trip. This doesn’t have to be top of the range mountaineering gear but should have some element of quality design about it – the worst thing which can happen is that you get clothes which fall apart immediately, so choose clothing which is well rated along with footwear which is appropriate for the trip. Remember – if you’re on a family hike or camping trip then you have limited carrying capacity so pack light and only pack the essentials such as jacket, trousers, tees and underwear – anything else is overkill and won’t be needed on a camping trip.
Top quality boots are essential for your children, so this is something you should consider spending some money on. Cheap hiking boots can fall apart and let in water leading to foot problems, so think before you spend your money. You can look for bargains online – many independent retailers do deals on end of line products such as boots as generally manufacturers create new lines each year.
Getting The Right Attitude
Above all, you need to engender the right attitude in your children before you set out on a camping or hiking holiday. If your children are of the ‘are we there yet…’ variety then you need to set expectations, make everything you do ‘fun’ and create activities which children will find exciting. You’ll be surprised at what children find interesting… even gathering firewood can, for a child, seem like nirvana!
Have fun… and stay safe!
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