How to Plan a Camping Trip for Kids

How to Plan a Camping Trip for Kids
Planning a camping trip where you'll be bringing the children along, isn't that hard. In fact, many state parks have so many recreational activities right there at the park, you'll probably forget you're even camping. A camping trip with the kids takes only a little more research, but you should be able to find a park with everything the kids will love.


Difficulty: Moderately Easy

Things You’ll Need:
  • Computer
  • Telephone
  • Printer
Step 1
Research the various state parks in your area. Many have recreational activities such as swimming, hiking, boating, canoe rentals and playgrounds. Find a park that offers the activities that your children will enjoy doing. Many of the park fees to rent canoes or do other things, are relatively inexpensive compared to outside theme parks.
Step 2
Print out information about the various parks you're interested in and let the children get involved. If they feel they've had a hand in picking out the vacation destination, they'll probably have a better time. You can also call or write to the park itself and have them send you information about the park.
Step 3
Check the weather for your trip. Many times it can be hot in the day when you're in the woods, but will get cold at night. You'll also want to be prepared if the weather suddenly changes to rain or cold. Pack for the weather. It's always a good idea to throw in a few extra clothes, just in case everyone gets wet and goes through their stash of clothes.
Step 4
Bring some toys for the kids that will keep them entertained, during your down time. If you'll be swimming while your camping, bring some water toys or floats, to keep everyone entertained in the water. Think about the recreational activities you'll be doing ahead of time, and bring items that the kids can used while doing them.
Step 5
Purchase some camping or hiking gear for the kids. If they will be sleeping in their own tent, let them go to the store and help pick it out. Having their own gear such as sleeping bags, ponchos, hiking sticks, shoes and tent will make the whole trip seem more of an adventure to them.

Tips & Warnings

Pack some favorite snacks for the kids. Cook a special camp meal where the kids can help.
Pack some favorite snacks for the kids.
Cook a special camp meal where the kids can help.

Article Written By Joyce Starr

Joyce Starr is a professional writer from Florida and owns a landscaping company and garden center. She has published articles about camping in Florida, lawn care and gardening and writes for a local gardening newsletter. She shares her love and knowledge of the outdoors and nature through her writing.

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