Preparing for a camping trip is a job in itself. Preparing for a camping trip when you have a toddler is another thing completely. Whether it’s keeping them safe or keeping them entertained, camping with toddlers requires plenty of preparation. If you’re looking for a few ideas to make sure your toddler is a happy camper, check out some of our favorite tips.
- Pick a campground that has a lot of activities and play areas for the kids. This way, even if you’re just hanging around the tent or camper for a few hours, there’s something for them to do to keep them from getting bored.
- Bring a few things to do in case of rain. Bring some of their favorite toys and activities. Things like coloring, painting, board games, and puzzles work great even in small spaces and offer hours of entertainment.
- Give them time to explore and get dirty. This is one of the best things about childhood! Tramping through the woods and catching frogs or playing make believe are parts of childhood that will never be forgotten. Of course, don’t let them wander too far.
- Plan a few outings near your campground. If you’ve already made an effort to travel somewhere to camp, you might as well take a few trips around the campground to see the local sites and check out the local fare.
- Encourage them to make new friends. Depending on where you’re camping, there could be several other families around you. Let your kids play with theirs and you might even make some new friends yourself!
- Teach your kids something new. Depending on their ages, you can teach them to gather wood for a fire or teach them how to set up a tent. There are simpler things to learn, too. Grab a bird book or a book on trees and spend some time in nature, learning about different flora and fauna of the region.
- Let them help. While most toddlers won’t be able to help around the campground too much, giving them a few small tasks to do will not only help you out, but will also help them feel like part something. Having a few minor chores, like wiping the table or throwing away the trash, will also give them a good foundation for helping in the future.
With these tips, you and your family are sure to have a good time. A good campfire and imagination are all you need for successful camping with a toddler.
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