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With summer on the horizon, many families are eagerly planning their next big escapade – camping. There's an indescribable joy in immersing oneself in the tranquility of nature, roasting marshmallows over a flickering campfire, and breathing in the crisp, clean air. However, when young children are part of the equation, the preparatory process can be overwhelming. Don't fret! With a touch of planning and a hearty dose of patience, your family camping trip can be a resounding success.

 

Choose the right campsite

The choice of campsite is a significant determinant of the success of your trip. Scout for a family-friendly campground that offers amenities such as showers, restrooms, and a camp store. Check the campsite's website for any restrictions or rules that may impact your stay. It's also wise to select a site that is in proximity to your vehicle or the amenities to simplify the transportation of your gear and keep an eye on your young ones.

Plan your meals

Meal preparation while camping can pose a challenge, particularly with young children. Prepare a meal plan prior to your journey and bring foods that are easy to cook and loved by your family. Consider packing snacks like granola bars, trail mix, and fruit that can be conveniently grabbed on the move. Don't forget to bring cooking essentials such as pots, pans, and utensils, as well as a camping stove or portable grill. For your perishables and drinks, pack them in your Atlantic® 2-in-1 Travel Tote & Cooler to keep them fresh and chilled throughout your adventure.

Pack the right gear

When camping with young children, it's vital to pack the appropriate gear to ensure their comfort and entertainment. Create a checklist of items such as sleeping bags, blankets, pillows, and extra clothing. Bring along a tent spacious enough to accommodate your family comfortably, as well as a first aid kit and insect repellent. Don't forget to pack toys, games, and activities to keep your little ones engaged during downtime.

 

 

Practice setting up camp

Prior to departing for your camping trip, practice setting up your tent and other gear at home. This will help you spot any missing components or parts that need fixing or replacing. It will also help you familiarize yourself with the equipment, facilitating a quicker and smoother setup process at the campsite.

Maintain a positive attitude

Camping with young children can be stressful, but it's crucial to keep a positive outlook throughout the journey. Embrace the grandeur of the outdoors, and allocate time to revel in the natural beauty that surrounds you. Take deep breaths and soak in the tranquil moments that camping offers. Don't hesitate to seek help from fellow campers or park staff if required.

 

Funny anecdotes:

During a camping trip with our toddler, we forgot to bring a bottle opener. We ended up using a tree stump to open our beer bottles!

Our son was incredibly excited to roast marshmallows for the first time that he ended up charring them. We still ate them and pretended they were gourmet s'mores.

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