Are you thinking about doing a family camping trip this year with your kids? Having grown up camping, we think that’s a great idea! And if spending the night in a tent with your little ones sounds like a daunting task, don’t worry. With a little preparation (and pro-tips from Copper Oar), your kiddos will soon be begging for more camping trips! Here’s what we’ve learned over the years…
- With younger kids, it’s always a good idea to do a trial run in the backyard. Your kiddos will get the feel of sleeping in a tent, and if something comes up, you’re close to home.
- Kids like to feel engaged and important, so assign them tasks when you get to camp. Have them help set up the tent, collect firewood, or gather water.
- For an overnight or weekend trip, let the kids determine the schedule. Give them options (hiking, wildlife spotting, skipping rocks) and see what they are interested in doing.
- Don’t forget to bring some toys with you! Items like a Frisbee, fishing pole, or kite can provide hours of entertainment, and are extremely portable.
- To make your lives easier during the trip, keep your meals simple. If you can do most of the prep-work at home, you’ll have some more time to go out and enjoy the wilderness with your family!
With these tips in mind, pick your favorite camping spot, pack up the car, and introduce your kiddos to the beauty of life in the outdoors!
If your kids are seasoned campers, and you’re looking to show them the beauty of the Wrangells, click here for a list of our family-friendly rafting trips!
Disclaimer: Copper Oar Rafting is not responsible for any side-effects of camping with children at an early age. These may include (but are not limited to) children growing up to become raft guides, thru-hikers, or living in a van.