Camping With Kids: 3 Ways to Prepare For Your Family Camping Trip

Family camping trips can be an awesome way to bond and create new memories. After all, 13% of adult participants camped simply because they wanted to spend more time with their loved ones. But if you’re new to camping — or your kids are — these family camping trips aren’t always smooth sailing. Many times, you’ll need to put in a little bit of prep work to ensure everything goes swimmingly. At our Colorado campgrounds, you’ll have no shortage of activities at your fingertips. But to guarantee both children and parents have a great time on these family camping vacations, follow these three tips before you set out.

    1. Do a dry run
      Some children will love camping from the get-go, but others may be more fearful of the dark or uneasy about spending so much time in nature. One way to prepare for your trip to our Colorado campgrounds is to perform a “dry run” of your trip right in your own backyard. While you’ll likely be roughing it more than you will when you stay in our cabins, it’s a great way for kids to get used to using a flashlight and hearing the many sounds of the outdoors. Once they know a bit about what to expect, they’ll be less anxious about the trip and will be more likely to simply enjoy.
    2. Create a family checklist
      Checklists are helpful for any kind of trip, but this is especially true if you’re going camping. With all the temperature variations, you’ll need to pack all different kinds of clothing and outdoor gear. By working on a checklist together, you’ll involve your kids in the process and make sure you won’t forget the most important items. If you wing it, everyone is going to be stressed and you’re likely to leave something out. Don’t neglect to double-check (or even triple-check) your list before you leave for our Colorado campgrounds!
    3. Prepare to play
      Even with all of the events that take place here, kids sometimes get restless. You might be content to enjoy nature’s beauty, but children often yearn for games or activities to fill their downtime. This is especially important if you encounter some bad weather and have to stay indoors. Packs of playing cards, board games, bubbles, books, flying discs, lightweight footballs, or small beanbags can definitely come in handy for a change of pace and will keep kids engaged during your trip.

Ready to start planning your family camping trip? Camp Jellystone offers everything your family could want in a campground. For more information, contact us today!