Five Tips for Camping with Kids
Taking the kids camping can be one of the most exciting, fun and exhilarating vacations you’ve ever had…or one of the most frustrating, annoying and miserable ones. It all depends on setting your expectations and putting in the time to properly plan it. The most important lesson can be lifted from the Boy Scouts motto, “be prepared.”
Having interacted with families seeking a camping adventure at Newport Dunes for more than 20 years, I have witnessed, firsthand, the trials and tribulations they face and I’ve developed some basic tips that will ensure that your entire family will be “happy campers”:
Include you children in the planning process and try a test run in the backyard. Teach the children how to pitch a tent, help them become familiar with the sounds of the outdoors, point out constellations, etc. This will prepare them for the experience.
Know Your Venue
If it’s your first time camping with your children, it’s best to stay closer to home. Regardless of where you go, research the venue in advance to have a good idea of the rules, activities, requirements & restrictions.
Don’t Forget the Necessities
Make a checklist before you leave the house. This list should include, but is not limited to: first aid kit, fire starting kit, bug spray, sun block, aspirin, glow sticks and/or flashlights, batteries for any electronics you bring, camera and, of course, ingredients for S’mores.
Avoid A Downpour
It seems simple, especially in Southern California, but always check the weather before you leave for any trip — especially when camping outdoors.
Do not over pack and try and lighten your load by getting rid of cardboard & plastic wrapping on food. Don’t forget snacks and plenty of liquids (especially water). Remember to bring along a few entertainment items such as cards, football, beach balls, squirt guns, bubble blowers, Frisbees, etc.
by Rick Vara
Newport Dunes Waterfront Resort & Marina
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