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How to Camp With Kids

Your kids will enjoy camping even more if you bring along some games.
Your kids will enjoy camping even more if you bring along some games.

Even when you're out in the woods with your grown-up friends, camping can be challenging, so throwing a child into that mix might seem like crazy talk. If you're an avid camper and are worried that having a kid means nothing but trouble on the trail, don't despair! With some preparation, you don't have to sacrifice the fun to bring your little one along.

When you take your kids camping, they get to appreciate nature in a whole new way. A camping trip is a great opportunity to teach your kiddos about wildlife and conservation. They can encounter animals at close range, enjoy the serenity of a clear blue lake or perhaps see constellations in the sky for the first time. Not to mention, they'll enjoy some one-on-one time with mom and dad.

Your child might not be excited about camping at first. To get her jazzed about the experience, pick a location with interesting sights. Let her in on some of the planning, and show her how excited you are. Take her to the store when you're shopping for gear, and talk about all the cool wildlife you'll see on your camping trip.

Camping with kids is going to be a bit different from your usual camping trips, of course. Kids need supervision, especially when you're out in the woods, and they might not be as enthusiastic about camping as you are. Let's look at some ways you can keep them entertained and safe on your trip.