Recently I took a glamping trip with the boys. Some things went as planned, and others didn’t. Either way, I’m taking it as a learning experience and a chance to share with you my three best tips for glamping with kids.
1. Relax a Little
Accept that you’re there to have fun, and that everything doesn’t have to be perfect. As a matter of fact, it probably won’t be perfect. On our most recent trip I forgot some very important paperwork that I coudln’t check in without. We had to drive an alternate route to pick it up, but also used it as a means to snag a few other forgotten items. We didn’t follow our regular schedule, and although it resulted in a cranky late-napping toddler sometimes, by day two everything fell into place. I was amazed at how many kids were allowed to roam without supervision at the campground we went to. It was fairly enclosed and gated, but it reminded me of the time we spent outdoors while I was growing up.
2. Pack Light
You know this is my favorite part. You’re already going to be loaded down with regular gear and supplies for your trip, don’t add to it by packing a million toys for the kids. Let them pick one or two favorites and leave it at that. There are plenty of items around that they can play with or help with. Give them hints to bring items that might work well on this trip. For my boys I like to suggest binoculars and their slingshots. They also love to collect sticks and rocks to build tiny forts or compare the items.
3. Make it Educational
Pick up a nature book or learn a little before your trip and take this as a time to teach your little ones about nature. I’d suggest if you’re doing any hiking to first teach them about potential dangers. The more informed they are, the less you’ll have to worry. Søren isn’t quite old enough to identify plants, but Aiden knows what poison oak looks like and to avoid it. Søren is old enough to learn that it’s not smart to run down hill, even if he doesn’t always think about it. This can be a time for you to learn something as well, I’m currently learning how to read trail signs better while hiking. We may or may not get slightly lost every time we go.
Have you taken your kids glamping or camping? Do you have any suggestions? I’d love to hear in the comments!