Camping with the Kids: Tips for First-Time Campers
Spring is just around the corner and camping is the perfect way to welcome the new season in Sedona Verde Valley. Spending the night under a tent with the kids is a great way to spend some quality time as a family, and make memories for a lifetime while enjoying the outdoors. Sedona Verde Valley, with its stunning scenery and its dry climate (nobody likes to camp under the rain…!) is the perfect place for an idyllic family outing. Although camping with the kids involves some planning, it doesn’t have to be a challenge! Here are 8 tips to make sure your next adventure is a success.
Before the trip1) Get the right equipment: don’t rough it! Having the right equipment is the key to a successful trip. A good tent and good sleeping bags are crucial. Head to your local outdoor store to get all the equipment and the advice you need or check online to rent your equipment if you’re not ready yet to invest in your own tent.
2) Make a list: you don’t want to realize that you left that one crucial item at home after two hours of driving or worse when you’re trying to set up your tent at night. Helen Olsson, mom of three and author of “The Down and Dirty Guide to Camping with Kids” has a very complete checklist that you can use to make sure you don’t forget anything.
3) Do a practice run in your backyard: this will get the kids excited about the trip and will let you test your gear. The kids will get more comfortable in this new sleeping environment and you’ll get a good practice run at assembling this new tent you just got!
4) Plan ahead: Sedona Verde Valley has some amazing campgrounds but they do fill up fast. Make sure you plan ahead and book a spot early enough.
5) Leave the electronic gadgets behind: leave the computers and the tablets at home, the goal is to spend time outdoor and connect as a family. Make sure you pack a good camera; there will be plenty of photo opportunities!
At the campground6) Simplify the meals: meals are chaotic when camping; keep it easy and fun. Check 50 Campfires website for 19 Fun Camping Meals for Kids. And remember, you can’t go wrong with hot dogs and s’mores!
7) Take advantage of this time to learn more about the outdoors. If you’re camping at a state or national park, get your kids involved in the Junior Ranger program or participate in a hike with a Ranger. When visiting Sedona Verde Valley, make sure you enjoy some stargazing; we have one of the most beautiful night skies in the country!
8) Plan some activities: although reading a good book outside sounds like the best way to spend your afternoon, your kids have a different opinion. Don’t forget easy-to-pack things to keep them occupied (a board game, or a Frisbee should do!).