Many parents are keen on the idea of fun yet frugal vacations with their kids. A regular holiday can often come with plenty of costs attached – whether that’s flights, accommodation, or finding things to do while you’re there. As nice as it can be to enjoy a bit of luxury sometimes, your budget may not stretch to doing this type of thing on a frequent basis. But that shouldn’t stop you from still enjoying family holidays or even the odd weekend away. One such way to keep costs down and still enjoy traveling with your children is to get into Camping. Initially, you might turn your nose up at this concept, considering camping to be uncomfortable and dirty. But these days, you don’t need to be naturally ‘at one with nature’ to be able to enjoy camping in happiness and style. Here are a few ways even the fussiest family can enjoy an outdoor adventure without compromising on comfort.
Get a suitable tent
Long gone are the days where all $100 could get your was an average pop up Tent, with questionable waterproof abilities. Now, the tent market is vast, with models and makes to suit just about everyone’s needs. If there are a lot of you camping together, it is often more fun to all be in the same tent together. That doesn’t mean to say, however, that you need to give up your privacy. Tents with bedroom ‘pods’ are ideal for family camping, as you can have a communal area for cooking, eating and socializing, but you can also retire to your individual ‘pod’ at the end of the night. Even if you are not expecting rain during your camping trip, it is also always worth getting a tent with a high HH rating (the rating that determines how waterproof the tent is). Even morning dew can create dampness and condensation inside your tent, so make sure you are fully protected from the elements.
Create a comfy sleep set-up
Not getting a good night’s Sleep while you are out camping can have some pretty bad consequences – especially if you have three or four kids to take care of and entertain the next day! By taking a few specific items with you, you can ensure that you have a place to sleep that is in no way sub-par to any other type of accommodation you would book. Blow-up airbeds, such as those mentioned on Sleep on Air, are typically your best bet – and being elevated off the ground will keep you warmer as well. Take an insulated sleeping bag and plenty of pillows and blankets, and it will be like a home from home!
Keep it clean
A lot of people are of the opinion that camping immediately means living in squalor. But it only becomes that way if you let it get like that! Just set a few ground rules in place to keep you, your possessions and your tent clean while you are away. Store any muddy boots in the ‘porch’ area of your tent, rather than in the main living space. Lining the floor with bin bags can also help to stop dirt and grime spreading so much, and take a multi-pack of baby-wipes with you; they come in useful for just about everything!
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