How to take kids on the perfect (socially-distanced) camping trip... without leaving home!
...suitable for the indoors or garden, and without buying anything!
Whilst the coronavirus has limited a lot of what we can do, children’s imaginations and sense of adventure are definitely not self-isolating!
So Kids Camping Store guides you through 8 simple steps for you and your little campers to plan your perfect, socially-distanced, camping trip!
STEP 1: CHOOSE A LOCATION
Will your campsite be in the house, or in the the garden?
Both house and garden have advantages (read on) and both will feel like a million miles away once you and your campers are ‘under canvas’.
If the night gets cold (check the weather here) consider keeping your camping trip indoors. Indoor camping is also a great idea if you don’t have a tent, or your tent is too large for your garden.
If you're venturing outside, you can read our advice on camping in the spring here.
a big decision, even in a limited space
STEP 2: CHOOSE YOUR 'TENT'
Hint: your tent doesn’t need to be a tent!
The key is to make sure that once you’re all tucked in, you can’t see outside the tent, so that your little campers’ imaginations can whisk them away.
camping in the house - magical
If your camping trip is indoors, and you don’t have (or don’t want to use) a real tent, then some large blankets or tables can make an amazing tent, tippee or gazebo!
STEP 3: PICK A NIGHT
...or maybe two
Perhaps the biggest advantage of the (socially-distanced) camping trip is that you can pick a night that suits you, and if plans (or the weather) change, you can re-arrange with no deposits lost!
the weather forecast - a camping essential!
STEP 4: PLAN YOUR CHECKLIST & PACK THEIR BAGS
Definitely one to get the kids involved in!
Remember, this is a real camping trip, and you and your kids need to plan and pack their kit!
You’ll need washbags, books to read, cosy socks, and maybe even food and cooking equipment!
don't forget your toothbrush!
You can print out Kids Camping Store’s camping checklist here, and go through it with your camping-kid to decide what you need to take.
Print out our Camping Checklist to let your little camper help plan what you need to bring
STEP 5: SLEEPING ARRANGEMENTS
Technically part of #4 (plan your checklist), but a very important one!
The key to any good camping trip with kids is what they will sleep on, sleep in, and sleep under. Even if you’re camping trip is to the lounge, the magic of an air-bed, and the warmth of a sleeping bag can make all the difference.
For help with what kids should sleep on, in and under when camping, read Kids Camping Store's guide to sleep.
the Dinky Duvalay, one of Kids Camping Store's favourites
STEP 6: CAR TETRIS
The good news is… no car tetris!
car tetris: not needed for a home camping trip
STEP 7: BE SOCIAL!
Being socially distanced doesn’t mean you can’t be social!
Why not co-ordinate your camping trip with friends and family who live elsewhere, who can camp at the same time?
You can also arrange to call relatives from your tent to tell them about your trip they'll love hearing about it, and kids will love telling them.
STEP 8: MAKE IT MAGICAL
This step is over to you...
Your next camping trip is sure to be a hit with the first 7 steps, but the last one is to put your own spin on it, and add your own magic.
You can take the opportunity of a home camping trip to do something you can't normally do; will you:
- travel to a different country
- encounter wild animals (google the word “wolf” on an AR enabled phone, and click “meet a life-sized wolf up close”)
- stargaze (download a great app such as "Sky Map")
- keep a diary of your adventure
your lounge or garden could be anywhere in the world
A WORD FROM KIDS CAMPING STORE
We hope this gives you the inspiration and confidence to have a great (socially-distanced) camping trip without leaving home.
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..and lastly, have a great camping trip! Be sure to let us know how it goes! You can comment below, or post to our Facebook page here