Join the Camping Community
As with all things in life, camping has a little community and, if I’m honest, it’s one of my favourites!
For the best camping tips, tricks and advice, join Camping with Kids Ireland and Tent Camping with Kids Ireland on Facebook, or go searching for one near to you.
If you’re reading this and it’s your first trip, this article may seem very overwhelming – you do need lots of bits and bobs. If possible, try to borrow things from friends or family, e.g. camp chairs, fold-out tables, a mini-fridge and even a portable gas cooker or BBQ.
Then, when you know camping is for you and your family, you can invest in what you need.
Top tip: Winter is the best time to buy when most shops reduce their prices because it’s out of season.
Pack for All Eventualities
That means sun cream and swimsuits to puddle boots and rainwear – you can never be too prepared!
Keep the kids busy outdoors with bubbles, a hula hoop, their bikes or scooter, a skipping rope, sidewalk chalk, a football, a kite and other fun items.
For rainy days, have some easily transportable board games, packs of cards, books and colouring materials to hand, and maybe a movie or two downloaded on a tablet or iPad ahead of your trip.