Camping with preschoolers
We’ve all had to stay indoors far too long recently. Researchers from King George’s Medical University1 have revealed just how damaging it is to isolate our kids from the rest of the world.The list ranges form agitation to sleep problems and even separation anxiety.
It’s time to go exploring! Camping is a great way to get out of the house without having to worry about crowds (and the risks that come with them).
Our helpful hints for a smooth trip
Let’s gather some things for your little explorer. Kids love to be included, having a little adventurer pack of their own to carry helps build responsibility.
- Safety whistle
- Mosquito repellent bracelet
- Magnifying glass
- Net for catching creepy-crawlies
- See-through container
- Children’s binoculars
- Clarence the Caterpillar
- And their very own little backpack
When your newest little adventurer has the gear they need, it’s time to start planning. Show them options online and listen to their suggestions. Prepare for the camping trip together.
Tips for the big day
- Bring a first aid kit! This should speak for itself.
- Pick a familiar location. You’ll be able to share stories and focus more on your little one. I know I’m more comfortable in a place I know.
- Bring extra, extra clothes. Dirt, puddles, that classic campfire smell, it’s a messy world out there. Anticipate challenges.
- Dress the whole family in layers. Regular hikers will tell you how quickly the weather can change.
- Know your surroundings. Teach your kids about nature in your area. This will strengthen your bond and encourage respect for our planet.
- Create a comfortable bedtime environment. Being an explorer all day can tire out your little one. While you can’t bring the whole bed, a favorite bedtime toy like Clarence will help them get the kind of deep sleep they need to recharge.
Singh, S., Roy, D., Sinha, K., Parveen, S., Sharma, G., & Joshi, G. (2020). Impact of COVID-19 and lockdown on mental health of children and adolescents: A narrative review with recommendations. Psychiatry research, 293, 113429. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.psychres.2020.113429