Camping Tips, Suggestions and S’mores
Successful Strategies for Camping with Kids
1) Make individualized toiletry packs so everyone can carry his or her own. In case of leaks, store liquid items like sunscreen, toothpaste and bug repellent in slider bags.
2) Before you set out, ask kids for assistance in selecting ingredients for foil-pack dinners. Work with them to chop up a variety of vegetables and then let them pick and choose what they want. Write their names on their packs and place them in the cooler to cook later around the campfire.
3) Many fun road-trip games can be easily adapted to the nature trail. Try out a round or two of “I Spy.” Or change the alphabetical memory game, “I’m Going on a Picnic,” to “I’m Going Camping” and get everyone to join in to say what they’re “bringing.”
4) Use camping as a learning opportunity. Say out loud why you’re doing things the way you are and you’ll be teaching them the right way to treat the great outdoors. Don’t forget to bring along trash bags to clean up around the campfire and leave it better than you found it.
5) When it comes to s’mores, why stop at chocolate, marshmallows and graham crackers? Invite everyone to experiment with different additions. Some of our favorites include: dried cherries, pretzels, peanut butter cups, or sliced strawberries and bananas.
6) For easy meal-time cleanup while camping, bring along disposable tableware. Pack plates, cups and cutlery and make it easy for little ones to pitch in by setting the picnic table.