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Top tips to survive family camping

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15 top tips to survive family camping


Sound advice on how to make camping trips with your family a treat for everybody.

1. Get everyone involved in the planning process – including the kids – to make sure the trip begins as a family holiday long before the car gets packed.  

2. Encourage your children to take some responsibility for their own stuff. Let them pack their own bags – but check them later on the quiet.

3. Don’t ban electronic games and MP3 players but make the holiday so much fun that they don’t take centre stage.family camping tips

4. Involve the youngsters in day-to-day tent life, like setting up camp, fetching water and planning meals. Although be prepared for delights like sausages and jam.

5. Encourage older children to use their own camping gear and to be responsible for its care and maintenance.

6. Try to let teenagers off the leash to make new friends and allow them to give the family outing to the beach a miss. Cut them some slack and consider extending curfews.

7. Pull together a basic first aid kit with plenty of plasters, antiseptic cream, insect repellent and sunscreen.

8. For smaller children, familiar bedtime soft toys are comforting while torches and glow sticks help to keep scary monsters at bay through the night.

9. Keep a varied selection of snacks and drinks handy. Hopefully, the children will be burning up energy all day.

10. Capture memories and share the fun – photos help to keep a great holiday vivid for ages.

11. Avoid huddling in the tent in bad weather by planning interesting ‘rainy day’  alternatives. And by “interesting” we don’t mean churches and country houses.

12. Try to avoid long trips on holiday – few children enjoy sitting in a car for hours when they could be playing. Keep excursions fairly local to your site.

13. Walks can be exciting but few young children can handle challenging walks day after day, especially in the hills. Plan shorter walks with things to do en route

14. Don't force young people to share the holidays you think they should enjoy. If your 13-year old daughter loathes camping, consider letting her go on a package holiday with a friend's family.

15. Do everybody a favour and make sure your children consider and respect other campers on site.


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