3 Helpful Tips For Camping With Kids
There’s a reason why so many parents make an effort to take their children camping to experience the great outdoors. In a study by the Institute of Education at Plymouth University, 98% of parents said camping makes their kids appreciate and connect with nature; 95% said their kids were happier when camping; and 93% felt that it provided useful skills for later life. But before you show your children the ways of the woods, it’s important to plan accordingly. Here are just a few tips for taking your children on a camping trip.
Consider A ‘Test Run’
If you have any doubts whatsoever about your kids’ comfort levels during the real camping trip, try conducting a test run in your own backyard. You can set up your own ‘campgrounds’ with the tent, start a fire, and help your children get used to the sights and sounds of nighttime ‘wilderness.’ Similarly, if you’re planning to stay in an Adirondacks cabin rental, it may help to take your children there for a day trip, if possible.
If it’s your children’s first time camping overnight, don’t overwork them by making them hike uphill or stay awake for too long. Plan to take frequent breaks during all physical activities, and make sure meals are prepped while it’s still light out and your children still have some energy left. In order for your children to fully appreciate and get in touch with nature, they need to have time to relax and take some time to breathe and enjoy their surroundings.
Set A Policy For Electronic Devices
Most campers don’t see a need for electronic devices during their excursions, and even though cell phones are useful for navigational and photographic purposes, they aren’t the only solutions. Set a device usage policy to make sure your children aren’t glued to them all day long. If you can avoid it, try not to let your children use their devices for more than an hour or two at nighttime. A digital detox can help improve circadian rhythms and return the body to its natural state.
Ultimately, opting for an Adirondacks cabin rental will help make your kid friendly vacation as enjoyable as possible. For more information about Adirondack campgrounds, contact Jellystone Park North Hudson.