What do you do when you opt for a primitive camping experience with kids? If you’re new to camping in nature with children in a place that is not a campsite, then these top tips are for you. Our favourite 5 things to do with kids when we go camping in the wild work for all ages!
They say “the world is your oyster”, and this cannot be more true than when it comes to camping with kids in the wild. Far from bathrooms, wifi, and noise from other humans.
You are totally secluded and “stuck” in the world.
While some kids may love this, you may also find yourself with a teen who is not so all embracing of this amazing experience of camping in the wild.
1. Kick off those shoes
Grounding which is otherwise known as earthing is the first thing I get the whole family to do when we arrive at our camping destination.
Literally, kicking off the shoes that connect us to mainstream society and the city is a quick way to connect us, instead with nature. If you’re not a fan of being barefoot invest in some Earth Runners which are fantastic earthing footwear that I wear all of the time in city or nature.
They still give you all of the benefits of earthing when you go camping in the wild with kids. Although, when possible I prefer to go barefoot.
Earthing cleanses your body, and reduces inflammation so by go barefoot you truly are giving your body a restart.
2. Drink the water
We love to go camping next to water. My husband prefers the ocean, but I prefer streams and rivers for myself and the kids.
Lately, we’ve been using our Water to Go bottle that has an inbuilt filtration system.
This eliminates the dangers of drinking any water by killing off harmful bacteria and toxins.
I feel so safe using this that the kids quite happily fill it up themselves and drink when thirsty.
Nothing beats the feeling of crouching down by the flowing stream and drinking the essence of the earth in its purest mineral rich form.
This water bottle keep the experience safe for us and is affordable to buy, and small enough to pack easily into a backpack.
3. Organise your new “home” together
One of my favourite parts about camping with my family is being about to build our campsite together.
After you’ve scouted the area and picked the perfect location for your campsite you can put your tent together.
I’m not a fan of grim and dark camping gear, so I did a tonne of research and UST Gear have a great mix of high end but affordable playful camping equipment to keep your family comfortable when you go camping in the wild.
Anyone who knows me, knows that I love being outdoors but I am homebody at heart, I relish home comforts so being comfortable when outdoors with kids in the wild is truly important to me.
Allow your kids to have a say over the campsite, and get them to put the tent up with you. They can help decide where to store your belongings. Empower them by questioning them on their decisions.
Depending on their age you can always make the final decision but anyone who has a spirited toddler will know they like to have their say and feel like they’re boss!
4. Go explore!
There is no boredom in nature.
If camping in the wild is a new experience for your children then it will take some getting used to.
Gadget free, they will learn to explore and find wonder in all they encounter, from ant, to tree, to stream, to lizard. Nature is buzzing with excitement, and we as humans can be a part of it too!
5. Don’t get hangry!
Seriously, it sounds simple, but keep the kids happy! Food and good quality snacks is one way to do this. These pouches have proved excellent for all of our trips, from car journeys to setting up camp, to living in nature.
This way cooking will be a pleasure. Your kids will have food and snacks to grab, allowing you to spend the time cooking in the wild.
No parent likes the stress of cooking for very hungry tummies!
Lastly, the purpose of camping with kids in the wild is to relax and enjoy.
Whilst this post may not be full of games and play inspiration, it will hopefully serve as a reminder that nature is to be enjoyed and doesn’t always need external stimuli. Nature can be exciting enough. Now, go make some memories!