33 Tips for Camping with Kids

33 Tips for Camping with Kids

Bikes, board games & (gum)boots - tips for an awesome family camping holiday

We surveyed some of our family guests for their tips for camping with kids. Everyone had plenty to say on what to bring and how to keep the tent clean but most of all they gave us plenty of tips for entertaining the kids while camping.

 

Preparing and Arriving

  • Having realistic expectations the first time is important, and just staying a couple of nights is a good way to start.
  • Practice setting up the tent at home, so you know how to do it. It’s especially valuable if it’s dark or raining when you arrive!
  • I’ve found it easiest camping with another family with similar aged kids. The kids are in a gang and leave you to relax.
  • Food and water! That’s when you’re camping wild. We discuss our plan prior to leaving home, arrive early and we get the kids to help with the set-up.
  • Arrival and departure days are the most stressful – make sure everyone (even the kids) help.

 

Food

  • Prepare ahead – anything you can make or prepare at home is a winner – breakfasts, dinners, lunches, snacks.
  • I take a couple of frozen premade meals, like a Bolognese or curry, for arrival night and a night when you don’t want to cook. It doubles as ice!
  • Sometimes we stop in at Bunbury Farmers Market for easy-to-prepare meal kits.
  • Marshmallows for toasting by the fire!
  • Some treats they don’t normally get so they remember it fondly.

 

The Essentials - What to bring

  • Head torches are a must!
  • We always go with a good (large) first aid kit.
  • There’s nothing worse than being cold while camping, so make sure you have good underlays, a good sleeping bag and extra blanket.
  • Bring torches, batteries and walkie talkies.
  • Attach glow sticks to prevent kids and adults tripping over tent ropes.
  • High vis vests are great for after dark play – just do a quick torch check to see where everyone is!
  • We take a separate play tent for younger kids.

 

Practical Stuff & Rules

  • Lay the ground rules early – can the kids wear shoes in the tent? Set up a shoe ground at the entrance. Make sure young kids know where the toilets are, and the rules about going.
  • Kids going in and out of tents – take some slip-on shoes or gumboots so you don’t drive each other mental with shoes on/off requests, or dirt all through the tent and beds. Our kids are fascinated by being in the tent, but not great at tying shoe laces, so gumboots make it easier.
  • Talc your feet just before hopping into bed. Sand and dirt just falls off.
  • Place a bathroom mat and use it at the entrance of your tent or campervan to keep the dirt and sand out.
  • The unbreakable rule – no one goes anywhere alone!

 

Games and Entertainment

  • The best thing about camping with kids? There’s nothing to do, so they make their own fun with bikes and adventures.
  • Bananagrams is a camping must. We set up a separate table with colouring books, a bit of Lego and the game Trouble.
  • Cricket bat, totem tennis pole and bats.
  • We take a couple of little figures (princesses, dinosaurs, etc) and hide them near the campsite for the kids to discover.
  • Uno, the card game. It saved us when we camped for five days in the rain!
  • One of the best things mum did for me was take me on a ‘night ramble’, to meet the possums living in the peppermint trees!
  • Treasure hunts! We hid glow sticks for the kids, then they created a list of things we had to find; a feather, something pink, something that makes sound, something sparkly, a seed pod (and more).
  • Star gazing at night!
  • The thing I love about camping (especially unpowered camping) is that the family gets to reconnect as there’s nothing else to do. We always take board games, the soccer ball and football.
  • Our kids will happily play with sticks and rocks, make cubby houses and just let their imaginations run wild!
  • We’re all big readers in our family so we take books and buy the kids a magazine as a treat.

 

If you’re ready to book your family camping getaway, we’d love to have you stay with us in Busselton.

Camping Facilities: most of our camp sites and caravan sites here at Beachlands are shaded by peppermint trees, and all have power. They have shade cloth flooring to help keep your tent clean! Fancy a little luxury? Upgrade to an ensuite site, so you have your own toilet, shower, vanity and heater lights right next to your tent or caravan.

For kids: We make it a little easier with awesome play equipment for the kids; a brand-new playground and jumping pillow installed in November 2017, NEOS360, a swimming pool with shallow toddler area and a waterplay zone. There’s also pedal karts for hire which can be used within the park, and family bikes for hire which can be taken out of the park.

Holiday Park facilities: You’ll find immaculate park amenities, including separate family bathrooms with a bath to make washing kids easier, a heated bathroom floor and fully equipped camp kitchen. We’re 150 metres to the beach and a 3.5 km bike ride or drive into town.

We allow a small number of dogs in the park, but bookings with dogs must be made by phone on 08 9752 2107. Read our dog friendly Busselton accommodation page for information, terms and conditions.

 

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