How to enjoy a nature getaway with children

Gather up the youngsters and head for the great outdoors. It’s camping season, and there’s nothing more enjoyable than spending some time in nature with your kids. Of course, children can complicate the packing, loading, and accommodation aspects of your trip, but with a few simple tips, you’ll be able to nip potential problems in the bud. Family vacation is something that every grandparent, parent, and child looks forward too. There’s no reason to let obstacles spoil a perfectly fun adventure time with your loved ones.


Nearly 46 million people went camping across the United States in 2016. Many of those outdoorsmen and women traveled with kids. A little fishing, rock climbing, and hiking can provide plenty of fun, but being overcome with frustration is no way to enjoy some time away from the grind. If you’re looking to avoid a frantic and anxious trip, there are plenty of ways to ensure the opposite. A little bit of planning, some simple preparation, and a few pointers from experienced vets can help. Luckily, you’ve come to the right place.

 Trailer Tips

Pitching a tent is fun, and sure, you’re going to get the full camping experience that way. But, if you’re looking for something a little more comfortable or have young kids, you might want to try a travel trailer. Actual beds (or close enough), kitchenware, and storage space is a big plus. Of course, this all depends on how well you can take care of your camper in between uses. Handling such a vehicle can be a hassle with kids, but there are ways to maintain and upkeep your family space.

Nothing does the job better than a travel trailer cover when preparing for the trip. The cover will keep the travel trailer protected before and after every trip, so it’s always ready to take back out on the road and provide a little of the comforts of home while still being on a fun, outdoor adventure.


Location, Location, Location

When camping with the family you want to focus on exactly that — the family. Make sure you find a location where there is plenty for everybody to do. Whether it’s a local lake stocked with trout or a campsite in the mountains with easy terrain for the youngsters, getting the children involved will only lead to a more exciting adventure. And don’t forget about the entertainment. Bringing along outside games and campfire amenities is a must for any successful trip.

So what’s the best way to guarantee that your brood will enjoy the vacation? With practice! That’s right, using your trailer or tent in the backyard is a perfect way to introduce everyone to the environment. You can even have your own campfire and cookout right at home. There’s no better way to start!

All Hands on Deck

Picking a location for the best possible experience isn’t a one-person job. Involving your children from the very beginning of the process is a great way to get them enthusiastic about your next big event. Find out what they think will make for great fun and put it on the list. Having an itinerary is an outstanding way to keep everything organized and on track. When your children are part of the procedure, things will be even smoother.

Also, keep in mind that no good preparation is complete without a backup plan. Having options for rainy days, mechanical problems, or schedule conflicts is only smart. Anyone who has ever been on a vacation knows that trips never go perfectly. The only way to combat a problem is to plan for it. So, get ahead of the game.

Home Away From Home

It’s best to get setup immediately after arriving at your site. With everyone pitching in, things will go quickly. Assign the easier tasks to the children and get to work on the unpacking that only you can do, so you can appreciate as much time with the family as possible. If you’re lucky enough, your annual camping trip can be a custom that your children pass down to their children. Just follow a few of these suggestions to start off your tradition the right way.

About the author

Pit Stops for Kids AUTHOR: Amy Whitley is the founding editor of Pit Stops for Kids and content editor of Trekaroo. She writes on staff monthly at a number of travel publications, and contributes to OutdoorsNW magazine as an outdoor adventure traveler. Find Amy at Google.



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