If you have small kids in particular then take a couple of nearby test trips first to gauge the scenario. Lots of areas have local campsites for novice campers, complete with grills, areas for contained fires and even the occasional bathroom. That way, if your kid flips out about sleeping on the ground or using the bathroom in the woods, you can easily head back home.
In order to keep your children from fighting and cribbing each other or just whining constantly on your camping trip, bring along other kids to keep them engaged and entertained among themselves. Consider inviting another family or two with children of similar ages to join you on your camping excursion.
While travelling with kids make sure to pack the emergency kit or other safety supplies. This will help you avoid making a middle of the night trip to the convenience store during the camping. Take along a few standard items, like a first aid kit, age-appropriate thermometers, pain and cough relievers, bug spray and kid-friendly food and snacks. Double-check bedtime necessities before leaving your home that for the ride.
Avoid Hectic Tasks
A better way to enjoy camping is to relax rather than run every minute. Resist the urge to involve all set of activities in one trip, rather plan your excursions, picking and leaving various options. After all you don’t want a burnout post the vacation. Mix muscle driven tasks and sit and do fun stuff to avoid tiring yourself out. Overtaxing your family members will leave them tired, cranky and more irritating unlike what you would have expected.
Bring Games and Props
While decking your car with camping essentials, make space for toys, games and fun stuff. Bring along notepads for kids to draw, write and sketch the events and daily activities. Bring box packs for kids to store collectibles like stones, shells etc. Building blocks, toy cars and board games will go a long way toward keeping youngsters entertained once they’ve had their fill of nature-related activities.