Camping with children may not have ever entered your mind when dreaming up your next idyllic holiday.
However, with a bit of preparation, it can be an amazing holiday filled with memories you’ll cherish for a long time.
A holiday away in your campervan conversion with the children is a great way of switching off from all the chaos of everyday life and getting back to basics as a family.
We (Georgie and Lewis Taylor!) have two kids of our own and have done our fair share of camping trips with them in tow - in fact, we spend almost every weekend (unless it’s raining!) exploring the great outdoors in our campervan.
Therefore, we thought we’d impart a bit of wisdom picked up along the way.
This article covers pre-camping, what to pack, things to entertain the kids while away and a few more useful tips to boot.
Hopefully, by the end of this list, you’ll feel well prepared to pack up and head off in your campervan on an adventure-filled trip with the kids.
Camping with children - before you go
As with anything in life - if you fail to prepare, prepare to fail!
Okay, that might be a bit of a step too far - you aren’t going to ‘fail’ at camping, but there are a few things to think about beforehand which will make your life a lot easier.
If you’re heading to a far-flung campsite which may take a few hours to reach, consider planning your breaks in advance.
Have a look at which service stations you’ll be passing and make sure you take a pit stop so the kids can pop to the loo, stretch their legs and get some fresh air.
Make sure you’ve packed snacks and entertainment too, as they’re bound to ask for something within 10 minutes of you set off.
If your journey is a particularly long one, it’s worth considering an overnight stop just to break the journey up and stop boredom from setting in.
Camping with children - what to pack
Clothes, and lots of them! This may sound obvious, but kids can get pretty dirty, especially when they’re rolling around in the grass or spending a day at the beach, so make sure you’ve got enough outfits for all eventualities. This includes 2/3 types of footwear and two coats (you never know when the weather will change).
Beach gear! Buckets, spades and nets are must-haves for catching fish and crabs at the beach, plus a football for games on the sand.
Outdoor table and seating. This may also sound like a given, but a good eating area set-up really is essential in our opinion. A table and chair combo is a space saver and also creates a dedicated place for you all to sit and eat together, so you can keep an eye on the kids! Also outdoor camping chairs (plus kid-sized ones!)
Blankets and cushions are a must-have, both for chilling outside in the sunshine during the day and snuggling up in your campervan at night.
Portable loo - if you didn’t already realise, children aren’t very good at holding themselves when nature calls! Having a portable toilet to hand will make everyone’s lives easier.
Hand soap - kids are notoriously grubby as they get stuck into everything! So make sure you’ve got plenty of hand soap and wet wipes at your disposal.