Camping for Kids: Some tips before you go
With the Great American Backyard Campout this weekend, Liz Baird of the N.C. Museum of Natural Sciences, offers some tips on how to camp with kids.Posted — Updated
Summertime brings the desire to “get away from it all.” Camping is a wonderful way to disconnect from the electronics and enjoy the restorative power of spending time in nature.
Introducing kids to camping might sound daunting, but here are a few tips to help you get started:
Find camping recipes that everyone wants to try such as s’mores. Label boxes and cans by meal (ex. “Saturday breakfast”) so main ingredients don’t disappear as snacks. Prep as much as possible by chopping vegetables and pre-cooking some items so you simply have to heat them.
Remember safety. Give each child a flashlight for night walks. Go over safety rules with your kids such as staying within eyesight or earshot, and waking up an adult for a late night trip to the bathroom. Take a small first-aid kit. Give your child a small whistle on a lanyard to blow in case of emergency.
Embrace the experience with a positive attitude. Your clothes might smell smoky, your meals might not be perfect, your shoes might get wet, but in a day or two you will be back to your usual conveniences. And you’ll have great memories when you return to your daily hectic life.
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