Whatever your camping experience, having children brings certain challenges to holidaying under canvas. ‘Packing light’ takes on a whole new meaning when there are young persons to consider. So whether you are a fly by the seat of your pants parent or a meticulous list-checker, here are the essentials to ensure your camping dreams are not washed out.
The one question you need to ask when considering what footwear to pack is - is it waterproof? Wellies for camping mud, Crocs or flip flops for venturing to the shower block. You need shoes that can withstand the morning dew and a surprise rainfall. No designer trainers needed here.
Let’s hear it for the Onesie, a marvellous invention that transcends indoor/outdoor wear. Whether keeping warm in the chill of the night or relaxing by the campfire, the Onesie will keep the little ones snug when the sun goes down and covers up flesh when the midges start to bite.
Avoid towels trailing in puddles at the toilet block or slipping from shoulders on the dash back to the tent with a towelling throw-on, freeing up both hands for carrying toothbrushes..
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Whilst you can wish for sun, in the UK it is likely to come with a side order of light drizzle. Forget cumbersome coats, a light waterproof poncho or pac-a-mac like this nautical stripe from Muddy Puddles should cover most seasonal rain showers.
Shade is at a premium whilst camping, unless you want to swelter under hot canvas. Make sure that children are always wearing a sunhat and that you have adequate sun protection for their delicate skins.
Strip your toiletries bag down to the bare essentials by packing products that have more than one function. Wet wipes cover most cleaning needs when the nearest running water is a field away and and all in one products are useful for the shower block. Our magically foaming Hair and Body Wash or our all-in-one Shampoo and Conditioner are the perfect products to scrub the whole family from head to toe. To keep fresh during the day, our magically fragrant deodorant is gentle enough for everyone to use.
Bring out the explorer in your children with a head torch, perfect for secret late night reading in the tent or avoiding guy ropes in the dark, a hands-free torch is the ideal travel solution for all the family - just make sure each member has their own!
This multi function head torch from Wild Child Outdoor fits the bill
If you are taking your tent to a family festival this year, then there are a couple of extras that you will want to find space for.
Reduce festival music to a comfortable level for little ears and protect them from damage by investing in ear defenders. This can also help at night when festival noises can make falling asleep impossible.
To complete your child’s festival outfit, choose these smiley face ear defenders from EDZ Kids.
Never get lost again by decorating your tent with colourful bunting or flags to make it easier to locate in a sea of canvas.
Every festival flower child needs decoration. Let the children go crazy with face paints to get into the festival spirit, the wilder the design the better.