With school being out in the summer, kids happen to have a lot of unstructured hours on their hands. If you are thinking of having a quality summer with your kids, then you should definitely take them camping. It is necessary to bring your kids in contact with outdoors and natural surroundings as it is essential for healthy growth. Plus, it also helps them in having some activity apart from spending hours on their computers, tablets, and smartphones.

Camping happens to be a rather inexpensive family activity. It is the ideal way to spend some fun-filled time with your kid away from homework and hectic, after-school activities; particularly that ones that involve screens.

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So, here is the perfect guide for you with super-easy and super-simple hacks that ensures that you have a great and safe camping trip with your kids. Now, going camping with your kids can be quite a challenge but read on about how to have a stress-free, natural adventure with your children.

Practice Camp

It is really a good idea to have a Practice Camp first in yours or someone else’s garden. Just a quiet spot without any disturbance would do. The reason for doing so is that it is wise to get familiar with your basic gear and tent before you arrive at your camping spot. This would help you in knowing the time it takes to pitch and set up camp and if you are not familiar with it, then you figure out how to do it, saving you the hassle you might come across on the camping day.

After you have set your practice camp, you could furnish it with stuff. This way you would know exactly what you would need or like to take along with you.

Essentials Checklist

Always make a checklist. You can make this in the practice camp so that you will know exactly what you need for basic camping or would like to have so that you can have a more comfortable camping trip. It depends on the kind of camping trip you are planning. Make categories like bedding, cooking, dry and wet wear, hot/cold weather gear, kids’ stuff, games, basic first aid kit, etc.

Use plastic storage boxes; they come in handy. They can be used for packing the camping essentials and as they can be stacked, they are easy to place in the car and can be used as makeshift tables too.

Clothing

Kids love being outdoors and camping. The freedom, the games—and yes, the dirt too! It is a great experience to be out in natural surroundings and enjoy simple things like birds chirping, the sound of the flowing stream nearby, observing the wildlife (if there is any), etc.

Outdoor sports gets you dirty as well as wet. Therefore, the kids may need to be changed quite frequently. A smart suggestion is to pack the kids’ clothes in individual rolls. Roll socks, shorts, pants, and t-shirts into individual bundles and pack them in cases or storage boxes. This saves a lot of time and makes kids all dressed up for the day easily! Get your kids engaged in this activity so that know they are taking part in the packing too.

Keep the Kids Camp Nearby

Once you have arrived at the campsite, choose an area that can easily accommodate both the family and kids’ tents. If you happen to have a large tent, then it would be better to get two sites next to each other. Remember, set up all the tents towards the middle of the campground so that they are close to each other. In case, anything goes wrong, a child gets scared or try to sneak out, you will know right away.

Let the Older Kids Be in Charge

The older kids tend to know and understand the need for safety a lot more compared to younger children. Older kids tend to stick to rules in a much better way and show more responsibility. So it is a good time to make them in charge. Have the kids sleep in a group rather than separate camping tents and assign an older kid to keep an eye on them. This is not only great for the older kids and making them responsible but also could help in preventing numerous problems.

Devise Safety Rules

Apart from getting lost or encountering poisonous spiders or snakes while camping in the wild, there isn’t much danger in the campgrounds normally. But still, you need to develop clear safety rules and make sure that your kids understand and follow them. Kids should not leave their tents alone at night but ask an older child or adult to accompany them. On water sites, be it a lake or stream, older kids should always be with the younger ones and should not let them go out of their sight.

If you happen to camp on a lake, with a boat or canoe, attach your keys to a cork. If the keys aren’t heavy and if the most important one is attached to a cork, it will float instead of drowning in the water. You could attach each key to a cork or get your kids to do that for you.

Establish Reliable Means of Communication

Though camping should be a technology-free experience without gadgets and smart devices, it is better to be safe than sorry. One cannot deny the importance of having cell phones. If you have older kids going with you too, they would want to discover spots on their own and enjoy the outdoors themselves. But they can get lost and might need your help.

So, cell phones are a must. In case they get lost or go somewhere and are unable to get back to the campsite, there should be an easy way to do that. Xnspy parental monitoring app is a great help in such situations. It comes with a location tracker amongst many other great monitoring features. So even if your kids are not with you or they have gone for camping on their own, you can know exactly where they are with this smart parental monitoring app.

If you camp frequently and there are certain areas which you deem dangerous or unsafe for the kids, you could set alerts and if your kids enter the danger zone, this would alert you the right away. This parental monitoring app is not only great for going on camping trips but is excellent for monitoring your child’s online and offline activities too. This allows parents to make sure that their children are indulging in responsible behavior on the internet and are not involved in any wrong activities or bad company.

With all these tips and safety measures in place, you will surely have a safe and fun camping experience. Happy camping!

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