Camping with young children can seem daunting. I know that I was nervous before our first trip and may have over planned a bit. Our first trip was awesome though and exceeded expectations. To be fair my main goals were just that no one would get hurt by the fire and that they would successfully sleep in the tent. We achieved those goals and kept our toddlers happy and occupied. Here are some of our tips for making your next (or first) camping trip with toddlers a success:
*Our toddlers slept in playpens in our tent and this was a huge success. They are still in cribs at home, so this made sense for us.
*Sleeping bags would make more sense for kids in a big bed. Our 3 year olds did well in these sleeping bags on our trip to Tallulah Gorge State Park.
*We followed their typical sleep schedule and it seemed that all of the time outside sufficiently tired them out. Depending on the time of year when you go camping, bedtime might have to be later due to the time of sunset.
I recommend bringing along a few activities for your toddlers to do. There is a lot to keep them busy with walks to the bathroom, helping with campsite chores, exploring, etc - but it is nice to have something they can sit at the table and do while dinner is being prepared or when you need a little break from running around. It is helpful to look for a campground with a playground or beach to have another activity for them to do, but here are some campsite friendly activities for toddlers.
Nature Shake Paint
Markers and Nature Notebooks
Travel Sized I-Spy Bottle
Involve them in helping:
Filling up water
Drying or Washing Dishes
Here are some more posts about camping you might find helpful:
*Best Camping Gear for Family Camping
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