“Be back in time for dinner!” That was me as a kid as I ran…
Much as we all love camping, we all know that when you are camping with kids, being organized is the key to happiness. Planning meals, snacks, and activity options in advance brings some peace of mind. Likewise, if you anticipate some challenges such as rain, wind, cold, heat, bugs, sun, accidents, illness, tiredness etc, you can plan accordingly and not be caught off guard. It’s great to have the right gear, the right clothes, food, cooking utensils etc. on hand when needed.
Yet getting organized can be a nightmare. At some point on the camping trip someone always says, “I wish we had brought….”.
So we compiled the Ultimate Camping Checklist. We knew that getting the right camping checklist takes lots of trial and error – mostly error – before you compile the list that’s just right for your family. And just when you have it figured out, your kids get older and you need to change the list again.
This Ultimate Camping Checklist was compiled with your suggestions; a core camping list of stuff you ALWAYS want to have with you, and then a list of basics for each age group.
Thanks to all those people who contributed to it.
Click here to download The Ultimate Family Camping Checklist from MountainBaby
(right click to “save” the file to your computer)
According to developmental research, family camping memories are among the most positive recollections that adults have of their childhoods. Camping provides so many opportunities for fun, adventure, learning about nature, self-reliance, skill development, family togetherness, appreciation and respect for the environment…the list is endless.
Camping provides us a much-needed opportunity to “step out of time”. No one needs to be anywhere, no one is in a hurry. We’re surrounded by nature, not by piles stuff (most of which we don’t need) or the day to day chaos of family life at home. We can relax and breathe.
Of course, you still need to be vigilant about watching out for your kids’ safety, monitoring their whereabouts as well as their sun exposure, And then there’s food, naps, etc. But we all know that just being out there makes it easier and not nearly as stressful.