Your ultimate guide to family camping

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Welcome to the BritMums Outdoor Adventure round-up. This post is talking all things camping. With kids of course!

I’ve had a writing break due to moving house but now Spring is in full flow and the sun is warming by the day. Despite last week’s chilly setback, outdoor adventures are beckoning. We’ve eaten outdoors a couple of times already (hot soup on a stove, wrapped in many layers and sheltered from the wind!) which started me thinking about campfires, airing the tent and planning the first camp trip of the year.

Have you considered taking the family camping over Easter, even if it’s just for a night?

How to survive camping with children

Most kids absolutely love camping. It’s a great way to make the most of the weather and get outdoors during school holidays.

If you’ve not camped with your children before, why not try a night in your own back garden to see how they get on?

There’s lots to consider on your first family camp and my Kids of the Wild article on how to survive and love camping with kids has all the answers, from planning and prep to which tent to buy and what to do if it all goes pear shaped. There’s no shame in calling it quits!

Camping inspiration

Here are more great articles on camping with the family.

Advice for camping planning and prep

Before you set off, Ellie from Five Go Exploring has some great tips on how to prepare for a family road trip. Hers was in Europe but the suggestions apply to car camping too.

Tips for eco-friendly camping

Climate change and the environment is big news so why not make your camping trip as environmentally-friendly as possible. Joey from Cool of the Wild has 21 top tips for eco-friendly camping, worth reading as part of your planning and preparation. I for one will be trying some of these tips on my next camping trip.

Organise a dads-and-lads camping trip

I know lots of families who do Mum-Daughter or Father-Son days out and weekends away to enjoy quality time together outdoors. Mark at Big Man in the Woods is a camping expert. Here he talks about the idea of joining an organised lads and dads camping trip. His post which includes suggestions for what and what not to take with you.

Do an epic family walking & camping

For the more experienced family campers, Rob at Just up the Trail blogged about an epic family walking and camping expedition in 96 miles with three children and a tent... Well done that family! It was an epic achievement with highs as well as lows and is sure to prove that we can all surely attempt at least one night in a tent in our lives!

Camp in a tree? Yes: Read this tree tent review

Check out this review by Zoe from Juggling on Rollerskates who enjoys lots of camping and glamping with her family. Could you sleep in this fantastic-sounding suspended tree tent with the kids? Read Zoe’s post on the tensile connect tree tent to find out what she thought and how the family got on.

A beginner’s guide to wild camping

If you’re new to camping you may not have heard of ‘wild camping’, which is pretty much as you’d expect – camping in the wild rather than at an organised campsite. There are many unwritten rules for wild camping and you need to seek the landowners permission where possible, except in Scotland where the law is different. Stacey and Keith from An Outdoors Family have written this excellent beginners guide to family wild camping. If this doesn’t inspire you to try a little tent-time then nothing will!

And finally..glamping!

If you’re really not a fan of tents and camping, why not try glamping? There are sites all over the world that offer luxurious camping experiences with beds, duvets, log burners and other hotel-style extravagances. Steve at Discover Glamping discusses why we need to try glamping.
I wonder how many BritMums readers will be inspired to try a night’s camping this year? Will you take the family camping over Easter?
Wild wishes for some excellent under-canvas adventures in the holidays and a very happy Easter to you all.
Thanks for reading and for fellow bloggers who’d like to submit outdoor adventure posts for consideration in future round-ups, please drop me a line. 

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About Lucy Holmes

Lover of nature, the wild and full-time outdoor Mum, Lucy is usually found with a dog poo-bag in pocket escaping her messy house for the garden, countryside or beach. Mother of a childhood cancer survivor whose mini adventures inspire Lucy’s blog Kids of the Wild. Lucy is passionate about the transformative benefits of nature connection, lessons reinforced during her daughter’s cancer battle. Having helped set up an early Forest School and rescue 28 swans she believes all children can benefit from more ‘outdoors’, even when quality family time together is short.

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