Since having children our holidays have changed dramatically. Long gone are the luxury hotels, city breaks and spa’s. Welcomed are the outdoors, camping and four pairs of wellies! Now don’t get me wrong, I love camping. It’s the perfect holiday for our girls to get to know the outdoors and to explore. So this week I’ve partnered with Halfords, to bring you The Tale of Mummyhood guide to camping with littles!
Now I must admit, as a family we ‘re generally fair weather campers. You won’t catch us crashing in a tent mid-Winter. Having said that, there’s just something about being so close to nature, leaving the hustle and bustle of every day life behind and enjoying quality time as a family. Our most recent trip saw us in the north of England. It was the first time our girls had been on the beach, paddled in the sea and ate fish and chips from the paper!
Whilst camping with the littles can be great fun, it can also be a real challenge. Staying in the great outdoors means that a lot of luxuries are left behind, being prepared is key to making your trip a success. With our holiday fresh in my mind I thought I’d share with you a few little life hacks, to make camping with children as easy as possible!
Find a site with the facilities you need –
We all know that camping is about getting back to basics, but sometimes we need a few little niceties to make our lives easier. Not all sites have showers and toilets for example, so it’s always good to do your research before you book.
Write a list in advance –
My husband is a huge lover lists, he even has an app to keep them in order! I must admit though, a list can be a game changer when holidaying with kids. There’s so much you have to remember, from clothes to sterilisers and sleeping bags to toys. The last thing you need is to arrive at your destination, only to have to head back out for things you may have forgotten. Save yourself, write a list and tick things off as you pack!
Have a tent test run –
Picture this: it’s late, you’ve been on the road for hours, the kids are hungry and tired and you still have to wrestle to get your accommodation up before night falls. Sound like a nightmare? In that case, a tent test run could be your saviour. Having a system in place means that you’ll be settled and enjoying your holiday in no time, rather than asking your fellow campers for an extra pair of hands!
Pack for every eventuality –
Even if it’s given sunshine all week, pack for all weathers. British weather is notorious for changing and there’s nothing worse than feeling uncomfortable whilst you’re trying to enjoy yourself.
Take in-car chargers for your devices –
Now I know we shouldn’t need devices in the great outdoors, but the fact is sometimes we just need to be connected. Whether it be your mobile or the kids tablets, running out of juice is no fun!
Make sure you take enough entertainment for the kids –
Whether they like to ride their bike, play football, or play with their favourite toys. Make sure you have enough choice to keep them entertained. It’s nice for adults to have a little down time on holiday and making sure the kids are occupied may just give you five minutes peace.
Take a parasol –
Often tents are pitched in open space and if you are lucky enough to see the sunshine it can become too much for children. Taking a parasol means that they can still enjoy playing outside, whilst staying safe from the sun’s rays.
Here’s hoping that these tips and tricks make your holiday even better, organisation definitely makes for happy campers!