It’s the Summer holidays! For parents, the 6 week holidays means finding things to do to keep the kids entertained. Many will be planning a summer holiday and the recent warm weather means that a staycation in the UK is a great option. For anyone planning on taking the kids camping, whether you’re a seasoned camper or not, when it comes to taking children with you, preparation is the key to success.
Make A List
The beauty of a campervan is that you can just pack up all of your things into the van & everything is there ready when you arrive at your destination. But remember, with a limited space to fit it all in, you need to pack carefully and that starts with making that all important list.
Get back to basics and just pack the essentials – think eating, sleeping and clothing. There’s no nipping home if you’ve forgotten something, so be ready for all weathers – wellies, raincoats, sun hats and sun cream.
Choose A Suitable Site
This may be an obvious point but check beforehand that the site allows children. Not all of them do, so make sure you’ve had a quick look at the fine print before booking.
Make sure you think about how you’re going to move around on site. Do you normally have a buggy or pushchair? Have you got a very young child with legs that can’t manage the distance you plan to hike? Consider switching to carrying your little ones instead.
Keep The Kids Entertained
It will make your holiday more enjoyable if the kids are entertained. Don’t assume that all kids will see a grass field and run off and immediately be self-entertaining for the duration of your stay.
Take a wide variety of things to occupy them. A selection of their favourite toys, books, colouring. If you take powered devices make sure you have enough batteries or means to recharge them. Remember that even if they love the outdoors they will need something to do if it rains or in the late evenings.
Remain In Control & Think Safety
Don’t let the kids run off and explore the site by themselves, especially if they’re very small. Even if it’s a child friendly site, don’t assume it’s 100% safe. There could be concealed ditches, deep water & trip hazards.
Walk the site with small to medium sized kids as soon as you can. Let them know clearly which areas are in and out of bounds to them. You could mark your tent or campervan with bunting, flags or coloured lights that lets them know it’s their home.
Remember To Enjoy Your Own Trip Too
Try not to set a very hectic pace for the trip – you need extra chill time when you’re in charge of children. There will be some sacrifices you’ll have to make, so plan to deal with them in a fair way. Take turns at night with calls for milk, wet sleeping bags and lost toys.
Most importantly, remember to relax and have fun. If you have any tips of your own please feel free to share in the comment box below.