Guide to wild camping with the kids

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Although modern, safe, clean and sanitized campsites are often a godsend for parents with kids as they allow access to the outdoors but do not disconnect you from society completely. It’s easy and it’s safe.
But with that said there is nothing like properly stepping out in to the wilderness and enjoying complete freedom away from civilization. It is a feeling that our ancestors would have been very familiar with but nowadays is all too rare.

With that in mind we have put together this short g few days.

I work for a car hire company Carhirex and love driving out into the country and finding new and interesting places. I have a young son so am a little less adventurous when we go together but he loves the trips so much that it is worth the effort of carrying the extra weight.
Here are some things to keep in mind if you take your kids wild campaign:
Weather – If the forecast is bad then postpone the trip. Kids get cold more easily than adults and being in a remote area, freezing cold and wet can quickly drain a kids energy and enthusiasm.
Pack warm clothes for the kids. For the same reasons as mentioned above you need to make sure that you have warm clothes packed. Also try to avoid jeans and cottons as they take ages to dry once wet. If you opt for man made fibres then you will find that they dry much more quickly after being wet.
Pack waterproofs even if the forecast is good – especially in mountainous or hilly regions the weather can be very changeable.
Go to a place that you are familiar with and know where you are going to pitch your tent for the night, how to get there and how to get back to your car.
Be prepared but do not try to carry more than you are capable of. Remember you are doing this as a family fun trip so it is important that you enjoy it too. As you will be carrying some weight for your kid it will be a bit of discomfort but do not bite off more than you can chew. Go for a practice picnic hike with your bag fully packed for a camp to make sure that it is doable.

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Make sure that someone at home knows where you are going and knows when you will be back. Take a mobile phone with you in the case of an emergency and perhaps beforehand check out reception coverage in the area.
Ensure that you carry enough water and that you have proper purification tablets for any water that you collect from streams or rivers.
Take food that is tasty and easy to prepare.
Let the kids muck in on the work as it is part of the fun – get them to help erect the tent, help you build a fire and cook etc.
Make sure that the kids have suitable footwear – they will walk more slowly than you and complain more as soon as they experience slight discomfort. Hiking boots are infinitely better than the Nike’s. Plan the walk so that you have time to take plenty of breaks and go at a pace that is comfortable for the kids.

I hope that you found these tips helpful. If you have been wild camping with your kids then please leave a comment below with any tips that you picked up from your trip.

 

 

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