See Australia with kids

See Australia with kids

Let’s chat about camping with kids. If you follow me on socials, you would see that I LOVE camping with my family. There is something about being away from home with family and friends that makes me so happy 

We are about to head away on our third camping trip for 2021. I think 2020 has made us want to get out and about within our state & support local businesses in the process. With international travel stopped until who knows when, this is the perfect time to start exploring what Australia has to offer.

 Camping isn't for everyone I know but I'm not talking about going off grid.I'm talking about caravan and national parks also known as a ‘kids paradise’ and you don’t have to be in a tent, you can hire a cabin in these places too. 

The beauty of camping is you are away from your everyday life. You are removed from the routine of tv and ipads and giving the kids something else to think about. Yes you still have to get up and make breakfast, lunch etc but there is no house to clean and you are living a much simpler life.  

Now let’s be honest camping isn’t always glamorous. We have definitely had our share of failures. We have had air bed deflate in the middle of the night, torrential rain, 45 degree days, 90km/h winds but even with all of these things the kids have wanted to do it again and the fun definitely outweighs the failures. Camping allows your kids to get dusty, muddy, sometimes wet all whilst gaining independence, confidence and developing new skills.

Camping is a great way to connect with your kids and be able to give them all of your attention. 

So what’s stopping you from trying your hand at camping? Unsure where to start? Think it will be too hard?

I’m going to tell you it's not. The reason being is you can make it easy by choosing the right places and planning it out. Think about organising a party -  You don’t just rock up and it’s all organised - you plan. You think about what people need, what entertainment, food/ drink. Same goes with camping. The more organised you are the better it will be. Games like connect four, monopoly, Uno. 

This is the year to explore Australia. We have so many AMAZING places to visit right at our doorstep and now is the perfect time to check them out.

To help you navigate the world of camping I’ve listed a few things to consider before booking and included a sample of my camping checklist for your packing,

 

  1. Location. This is really important. You need to choose a location that suits your families needs. There is no reason to go off the grid into the middle of nowhere if it's not going to suit your kids or you. Choose a park that has things to do or is close to activities. Like any holiday, think about what you want to be doing when away. Do you just want to relax, go on adventures or a bit of both?
  2. Time of year. Make sure what you are wanting to do can be done at the time of year you choose. You don’t want to be camping if it’s likely to be cold and wet and all you want to do is go to the beach or pool
  3. Company. Are you going to camp as just a family or have friends with you. This is a big decision as if you have ever traveled with people you will understand that you have to choose the right bunch.
  4. Be prepared. A good list of what you need to pack that you can keep and refer to each time you camp is essentials clothing, food, camping gear etc. Especially with kids. You can add to this list and remove things as your kids grow but can always refer to it as needed. 
  5. Packing. Think about where you are going to be camping and what you will need. Look at clothing at being able to mix and match together. Does it have laundry facilities and will you need them (winter camping yes)?
  6. Relax. Don’t stress just enjoy it. Think of the positives that are with spending time with family and friends away from the hustle and bustle of normal life. You don’t have to rush to be anywhere.
  7. List. This actually should be your number one priority. Weeks before you go start to write a list of the things you will need

 

CLICK HERE to download your camp checklist

Jessica Haley

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