The holiday season is surely about being merry by spending time with family and friends. But it can also mean extra work for moms, don’t you agree? We have to plan dinners, give the house a holiday make-over, get all the shopping done in time to wrap the presents.

All this has gotten me thinking, why not skip it altogether, avoid the stress and do something else? I am sure we can definitely use a breather, what with managing day-to-day activities everyday for our kids and balancing work and family time delicately.

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I feel that a stint of outdoors time is in order because nature is a sure-shot way to unwind from stress and relax. So, it is camping time for us as a family this Christmas. I loved camping when I was as young as three years old. And I am sure our children will treasure this time in the outdoors. We should really give them a chance to make precious memories like these.

Our kids learn to respect nature when we take them outdoors. They realize that we need to treat our environment in the right way and this forms a great mindset in them.

Kids learn to be more resourceful as they observe us make do with less resources when we camp. They also learn how blessed a calm environment can be at times when they listen to the birds chirping in the morning or the water running musically in the streams near by. Camping refreshing their little minds.

Fortunately, the United States is blessed with amazing geography and flaunts many stunning national parks that we can enjoy with our kids. But as exciting as it is, there are a few things we as parents should keep in mind when planning a camping trip with our children.

Things to Consider

The first thing to consider is the weather. If you have very young children, it is advisable to plan camping locations that are a bit warmer when you travel. Pack your clothes appropriately.

The next thing would be safety at the camping site. As I camp with my young kids, I prefer glamping over camping because with this option we would have access to clean bathrooms and heating. Very young kids would need a warm room to rest comfortably. And I feel that we should take utmost care of their health when we are out and about too. This way, all of us can really enjoy the quality time away from the constant hubbub and screens.

Also, our packing list should include a first-aid kit, a flashlight, and a map of the area. An insect repellent is worth picking up too.

Now that you are all set, go on and have a great camping time :)

Happy holidays!

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