The words “family camping trip” can either gladden the soul or strike fear into any parent!
Camping is one of the most amazing things you can do with your kids it allows you to connect with them on a whole new level, and a little screen free time doesn’t go astray either.
So, what can you do to ensure you have a fun and easy family camping getaway?
Here are some of our top tips.
Before you Leave
Planning is paramount! Being spontaneous is a great in theory, but camping with kids does call for you to do a little pre-planning!
To save yourself from hearing that most loathed phrase - Are we there yet?
Try downloading a few games the kids can play in the car. Check out our "Top 10 road trip games for your camper trailer holiday" blog complete with downloadables.
Pack lots of snacks – no-one wants an attack of the hangrys. I always have a lunchbox jam packed with snacks ranging from sandwiches and cut up fruit to individual serves of bickies and chips on hand for every member of the car – even the adults!
Download a podcast or an audio book that everyone can enjoy – you’ll be surprised how much you look forward to jumping into the car to hear the next instalment!
Once You've Arrived
Setting up camp can a stressful part of your camping experience, but it doesn’t have to be. A well organised hybrid/camper can make your life so much easier!
Don’t get me wrong, a tent can be an amazing way to experience camping. You can get to places with a tent that a hybrid or camper trailer just can’t go, a tent site in a caravan park is often cheaper than a camper/caravan site and how much fun is it for kids in a tent? But if you like the finer things in life like a good night’s sleep on a comfy bed that you can leave made up, a good kitchen with lots of storage and everything at your fingertips, then a hybrid/camper trailer is for you. Of course, the biggest advantage of a hybrid/camper trailer is that you can be all set up in minutes rather than hours, thus minimising that stressful time.
Top Tip – For a good night’s sleep look for a camper with a bed with a full-sized inner spring mattress. For more information, see our blog post: What's the most comfortable type of camping mattress to sleep on?
Campground Top Tips
Keeping Kids Amused at Camp
Here are a few of our favourite daytime activities….
Once the sun goes down, it’s camp fire time!
So, whilst the kids are kept amused with the activities above, it’s time for the parents to have a little bit of rest and recreation!
Camping’s all about everyone getting away from the rat race and recharging those batteries, not just the kids, so you don’t want to spend your time running yourself ragged!
This is where a hybrid/camper trailer with a well organised kitchen really comes into its own! Having an easy-to-use kitchen with a well laid out pantry and everything at your fingertips is so much easier than having to hunt through box after box for your food and utensils!
I like to pre-prepare a few meals at home so I don’t have to spend all my time in the kitchen. Using a vacuum packer to pack your food can save you time and washing up when you’re out camping as you can just reheat in the bag. Check out my cook-in-the-bag chicken with sundried tomatoes and feta recipe by clicking here.
And don’t forget happy hour!
We all like to sit around the campfire with our favourite beverage. So why not make it a little bit more fun! We have a tradition that everyone brings along a Hawaiian shirt for happy hour – the brighter the better!
In addition to getting you out of the rat race and into the fresh air, camping can also improve your mood, boost your energy levels, and provide a better night's sleep. It’s also a great way to get out and experience Australia with your kids. The skills they learn and the quality time spent as a family will be remembered long into the future. We look forward to seeing you out there.
Interested in an off-road camper?
Modcon RV offer a range of hybrid camper trailers that are built to withstand the harsh conditions our beautiful Australian landscape has to offer while providing the ultimate in comfort and convenience for you and your family.
Combining the internal living and quick set up of a caravan with the outdoor lifestyle of a camper trailer our Hybrid campers have it all.
Visit our nearest showroom to experience the Modcon difference for yourself. We’d love you to stop by. Click here to get in touch with us today.