Outdoor parent-child camping is different from adult outdoor adventure. The choice of travel equipment is very important. On the premise of ensuring safety, eating well, playing well, and sleeping well is the most important thing.
After various preparations and investigations, I found that there are thousands of camping equipment, but as long as you bring these 5 pieces, you can start a happy camping with your baby!
As the protagonist of camping, tents are best to choose self-bullet tents. It is easy to store, no complicated construction is required, and it is properly baby friendly. One-click to open, one-click to collect, and one person can complete it.
Because our parents only take the time to take the baby out to play on weekends and not stay overnight, we still recommend that you buy a self-bounce tent.
In addition to the convenience of construction, we also need to consider the size of the tent. Generally, the size of the tent is +1 based on the number of people. For example, in general, our family of 3 can choose a tent with 4 people. The whole family will not be crowded when they lie in it, and it is spacious and comfortable.
The functions of sun protection and rain protection must also be considered. After all, the weather is getting hotter and more rainy, and tents with these functions can adapt to a variety of weather.
The picnic mat
Picnic mats are the standard match for tents. A tent is an enclosed space, while a picnic mat can sit, lie flat, bask in the sun, put food, and a variety of other things.
When choosing a picnic mat, the most important thing is: it must be well cleaned!
Especially with children, there is no child who is not noisy. If the child accidentally spills the soup during the meal, it can be imagined that it will be a disaster. Therefore, the front of the picnic mat must be waterproof!
Secondly, the bigger the better, it can accommodate five or six people. In this way, the baby’s books, toys, and food can be placed at will, and the family can lie down when they are tired from playing.
Another one is light, fold it in two, put it in the trunk and go without effort.
- Folding table
Going out for parent-child camping, a good dining table and chair is also a must.
Especially when a tent is set up, as soon as the table is placed, the chairs are placed, and the things are spread out, the feeling of an outdoor living room comes.
Because it is going out, it is recommended to choose a folding table that is light and foldable. The folding table is light and easy to fold. You can buy a few more and combine them freely. You can form a circle or stack them up as a shelf.
In addition, in the selection, we should focus on whether it is stable, strong and easy to build.
Four, folding chair
The folding table is a guarantee for the comfort of outdoor parent-child camping. Sitting in a chair, looking at the scenery of the mountains and fields, and being with your family, the sense of atmosphere and warmth can immediately rise a lot.
Because it is going out, it is recommended to choose a folding and lightweight folding chair.
This set of outdoor folding portable beech wood chairs from my family has a super high-quality appearance, natural beech wood material, and earth-colored fabrics, which perfectly match the natural scenery.
And there are vermilion, olive green, ivory white, black, mustard yellow, chocolate brown, which can be perfectly matched with many equipment and scenes. Everyone in the family chooses chairs of different colors, which are exclusive to the color, and have a sense of atmosphere and ritual.
Pure solid wood and whole wood, it feels very smooth and feels very good.
The metal connectors at the bracket are made of steel. At the same time, the chair adopts a sturdy cross structure, tear-resistant and wear-resistant fabric, which is not easy to deform, and can be removed and washed if it is dirty.
This chair is ergonomically designed, the backrest is more comfortable, there is a feeling of being wrapped, and it is very comfortable to lean on.
And it is particularly lightweight, with a total weight of 3.3kg, which can be easily picked up by children. After all, we have to save our stamina to bring the baby and play.
Its characteristic is that it is very convenient to assemble, and it is very convenient to open and fold it. And after folding it, you can see the arc-shaped pole, which is convenient for carrying. There is a place to put the arm. It is also very small when stowed, like an umbrella. It is very light and can be taken with you when you put it away, and it does not take up space in the trunk of the car.
When you go out to play, the vegetation is lush and mosquitoes breed. If you sit directly on the grass, it is easy to be bitten by mosquitoes. There is nothing more beautiful than sitting in a folding chair, surrounded by nature, and chatting with family and friends.
BBQ grills are really necessary. The Hilander multifunctional grill is divided into three modules, two barbecue modules and one boiled module, and these three modules can be exchanged at will, and you can put them as you like. If there are few people, you can put only one module, which is more flexible.
The two barbecue modules can roast meat and vegetables separately. During a parent-child trip, if the children are in a hurry to eat, they can bake some vegetarian dishes on both sides first, so that the children can eat first.
The meat dishes that have been grilled for a long time are placed on a separate grill, the meat and vegetables are separated and the taste is not mixed, and the different needs of carnivores and vegetarians can also be fully catered for.
The multi-functional barbecue grill has thoughtfully added a boiling module, which can warm milk for children and fully take care of children’s needs. Eating fragrant barbecue, accompanied by children, family together, comfortable and happy.
The whole baking pan is made of stainless steel, so there is no need to worry about rust, and it is bright and smooth for easy cleaning. After grilling, you only need to take out the grill pan for cleaning. The workload of cleaning is relatively small, and it is not so tiring to clean.
There is also a special storage bag. After use, put the grill in the storage bag, pick it up and leave, and put it in the trunk of the car without worrying about getting the trunk dirty.
It can be said that Zhi Erlang multifunctional barbecue grill is a barbecue grill that is very suitable for parent-child travel.
Five, outdoor toys
How can you not bring toys when you go out to play?
Frisbee is especially suitable for many people to play, everyone can grab it together, and the amount of super crazy exercise that can be played is huge.
There are still quite a few things to pay attention to when camping with children. Here are some of them. Friends who have camping experience with children are welcome to add them!
- Practice camping at home
If your child is new to the outdoors, pitch a tent in the backyard or even at home. Let them hang out and sleep in it so they will feel comfortable in their new sleeping environment.
Try a family day trip in a park close to home. Spend half a day or so on the lakeshore or park and see how your child reacts to the experience.
- Let the kids help with packing
Make the kids responsible for packing their own camping gear (using the checklist you created). Double-check your child’s packing before leaving home.
Keep your kids organized by letting them pack personal items in their duffel bags and encouraging them to always return them in their duffel bags.
Each child’s luggage should be a different color for easy identification.
- Pack your child’s favorite food
Get your kids excited about the trip by letting them come up with menu planning ideas. Ask them what they want to eat and what they want to eat.
Pack food you know they’ll love; keep ready-to-eat snacks for travel and camping.
- Find the right campsite
Choose a campground with amenities that suit your family’s needs. Some campgrounds have courts, beaches or swimming areas, streams or rivers, and playgrounds; others offer picnic tables, flush toilets, and hot showers.
If it’s your first time out, start small, close to home, and choose a more developed campground that offers a variety of amenities. Ask other families for their favorite kid-friendly camping tips.
Make travel planning a family affair. Ask children for ideas of things to do or see at the destination. Take their opinions seriously.
- Organize your gear
Keep your camping gear in your handbag for easy access when you arrive at camp. Use clear plastic or cardboard boxes to store kitchen supplies, tents, sleeping bags and other equipment in separate compartments.
Anything related to the kitchen goes in one box, box or bag; another for sleeping gear. You don’t want to spend a lot of time rummaging through camp for your stuff, especially if you’re in camp later than expected.
Organizing your belongings ahead of time can also prepare you for your next trip.
- Layer your child’s clothing
Check the weather and dress your child in appropriate outdoor clothing. If there’s a chance of rain, have a raincoat ready (and a tent or two!). Even though the days are hot and sunny, the nighttime temperatures drop.
Consider dressing in layers so kids can dress up or take off as needed to accommodate temperature changes.
- Anticipate possible challenges
You know your child best and how they respond to various situations. Try to address potential issues ahead of time. Is your child still potty trained or hates getting up at night to go to the bathroom? Bring a small travel toilet,
You can put it outside the tent. Does your child get up early? Bring a book or a toy to keep them busy in the morning when they’re still sleepy. Does your child sleep lightly and wake up late?
Bring earplugs so your child can sleep while the whole family eats breakfast.
- Pack your favorite toys
Bring one or two favorite games and toys, but keep them to a minimum. Leave room for plenty of outdoor play. Children often find more interesting things at campgrounds.
Children will find ways to create their own outdoor recreation. If you do bring a toy, it’s ideal for an outdoor activity such as a kite, ball, frisbee, magnifying glass or binoculars for viewing insects.
- Add special decorations
You don’t need to go out and buy a lot of gear, but a special item or two can really add to the kids’ camping fun. Consider packing glow sticks, kid-sized camp chairs, or other kids’ camping gear.
Give the kids their own flashlights, headlamps, or other camp lighting. Kids may enjoy the various styles of lights inside the tent at night.
- Consider security
Once you arrive at the campground, make ground rules for where your kids can roam and discuss what to do if they get lost. What are the boundaries? Are they allowed outside the parking lot or near water?
Do they allow them to hang out at someone else’s campsite or go to the bathroom on their own? Give your child a whistle and teach them to whistle when separated from you. At night, make sure they have access to a flashlight or headlight.
Be aware of certain features of the campsite that may be dangerous—nearby roads, fast-flowing streams, steep cliffs.
- Get your kids involved
Even if you feel like you can pitch your tent or cook faster, get your kids involved in as many camp chores as possible. Teach them the basics: how to set up a tent, find a level tent site, or cook a camping meal.
Assign meaningful tasks that are age-appropriate for your child. Younger children can help fill a water bottle, lay out a sleeping bag, or inflate a sleeping pad. Let the older child do the dishes or cook dinner overnight.
- Have a positive attitude
Be enthusiastic. Why should kids get excited about family camping trips if you’re not enthusiastic? The first rule of camping with kids is to be prepared for inconveniences. Anything can happen.
The bathroom is no longer down the hall; running water may or may not be available. Lead by example with an optimistic and aggressive attitude, your child will be influenced by your optimistic attitude and develop a sunny and confident character.
- Find Teaching Moments
No matter what age, your child won’t know too much about their best practices outdoors. Remind them how to protect the environment while enjoying it.
Teach them how to respect wildlife (don’t feed animals or squash bugs), properly dispose of trash (pack, pack), leave rocks, plants and other things where they find it,
and other “leave no trace” principles. Especially camping in unmodified areas.
- Embrace the dirt
Kids get dirty while camping. They would get mud on their shoes, some leaves on their hair, and dust everywhere. Camping is where they get messy, which is normal.
If you don’t have running water on site, consider setting up a sink with a small bucket of soapy water. If you want to keep the inside of the tent neater, place a small camping rug outside the door.
- Pitch an extra tent (for teens)
This isn’t always feasible or practical, but consider bringing two small tents or a large tent with individually shielded “rooms” for your privacy-hungry teens.
Having a separate sleeping area gives older kids a little independence and some control over their area. Ask them to bring a friend or go camping with another family with older children.
No matter how well prepared you are, things may not go according to your plan. Remember, all you can do is build a good camping structure for your child.
The best part of going out is that you get to create the experience. Be flexible and patient. slower. Let go of rigid schedules and enjoy the moment.
- Create a comfortable sleeping environment
Younger kids may want their pillow, favorite blanket, or stuffed toy. Don’t skimp on what’s most important to your child. If it is difficult to fall asleep, choose a thicker and more luxurious camping mat.
Bring a pillow or your favorite blanket from home. For babies, use a portable crib if you have a large enough tent.
- Respect quiet time
When the camper next door is enjoying the tranquility of the outdoors and your kids are running around and yelling, it can be a distraction to others. Teach your child how to be respectful when sharing outdoor activities with others.