Whether you’ve camped before or are pitching a tent for the first time, here are 20 tips for camping with kids.
Pack a cool box with frozen things to keep items fresh for longer e.g. freeze your milk, pack frozen bacon
Buy a cheap door mat or bath mat to pop wet, muddy or sandy shoes on
Buy the best bed you can afford! We ditched a blow-up bed years ago and now use self inflated mats that are foam based and keep you much warmer instead of sleeping on a bed of cold air!
Take a couple of family games to play, such as dominoes, Dobble and bingo.
A powered pitch is sometimes only a few pounds more, but it can make things a lot easier. Take a slow cooker with you so after a full day out you get back to a meal ready to dish onto plates! But remember an extension lead!
My friend bought a camping loo this year says it’s made camping while pregnant a lot easier – no more trek across the campsite at 2am!
A bit of light! Don’t forget a hang-up lantern for inside the tent, a head torch so you’ve got free hands to do stuff and some solar/battery powered fairy lights to decorate the front of your tent.
If you have small children, take a paddling pool. It’s perfect to bath them in at night or to keep them cool and entertained during the day!
Clothes pegs are so handy for hanging up wet coats – use your guy ropes as a washing line!
Tent carpet – this makes the inside so much warmer and it feels cleaner too. It’s also keeps the interior much tidier than using blankets.
I always take flip flops or Crocs for shower blocks
Dust pan and brush – without fail, the campsite will have just had its grass cut!
Ear plugs to block out your snoring neighbours or dawn chorus
Lots of layers. Night times can be colder than you think. Socks and a hot water bottle have helped us many times, and those little warm-up packets that fit in your hands are great in a pinch.
Snacks … and if you think you’ve packed enough, add some more!! Being outside in the fresh air means they’re hungry all the time!!
Freezer bags to keep food fresh or for your daily picnic
Eye mask to keep the morning sun out or buy a tent with black out bedrooms – this has been a game changer for us!
Plastic bags! You can never have enough of them!!
And finally … alcohol!!
And most important, have fun and even if it does rain keep smiling!!
If you’re looking for Yorkshire campsites, here are some recommended by Mumblers, plus some of the Covid-19 measures that are in place .,. CLICK HERE