Mommy Katie: 5 Things Moms Should Consider Bringing for Camping (Guest Post)

Wednesday, August 14, 2013

5 Things Moms Should Consider Bringing for Camping (Guest Post)

As the summer comes to an end, it’s a great idea to take advantage of this last month to go camping with your kids. Pulling your children away from video games, technology, and other distractions for a little outdoor fun will open their eyes to a different world outside of what they’re used to.

On a camping trip dad may set up the tent or build the fire, but without Mom the necessary items and tools for a successful camping trip would be missing. Mom is the glue that makes a family camping trip stick together.

It’s a great idea to compose a list of necessary items that you can’t do without in the wilderness. Your list could include basic items such as sunscreen or bathing suits, while others focus on tea kettles. Some people can’t start the day without a fresh cup of tea or coffee.

When creating your personal camping list, you may want to consider these helpful things for your family camping trip.

  1. Disinfectant Wipes

These disinfectant wipes provide an easy way to keep your kids clean in a dirty outdoors world. Hand sanitizer is useful, but wipes are way more effective and easier to use. Kids don’t mind using them either.

After allowing them to play in dirt, go exploring for lost treasures, and touch everything around the campsite, disinfectant wipes prevent illnesses and germs from attacking your children.

Another option on the camping trip is disposable hand towels. Instead of having to reuse the same towel that may retain germs, disposable hand towels help keep children clean before eating.

  1. Walkie Talkies

Walkie talkies or two way radios are grown up baby monitors for older children. Instead of worrying about where your children wander off to or if they may get lost, give them each a two way radio. Supply them with backup batteries as well.

They will love talking to one another on the radios. Plus, it will teach them about good communication skills when camping. This is definitely a necessary thing to have when keeping track of your kids.

  1. Plastic Bags

Moms can’t live without their one gallon freezer or regular sized sandwich bags. How do you pack a healthy lunch for your children with only foil? Plastic wrap only goes so far.

The utility of plastic bags adapts to other uses on a family camping trip. Of course, use the bags to keep food fresh and dry. Packing food for the trip will save money too.

Storage bags are helpful for packing clothes. They keep clothes dry and organized. Pack an outfit for each day in one storage bag. This will help you become a more efficient packer.

  1. Flashlights

If you bring a solar powered flashlight then remember to leave it exposed to the sun all day. For regular flash lights, do not forget back up batteries. Moms never know what they’ll be waking up to in the middle of the night.

Perhaps one of the younger kids still has problems wetting the bed. You don’t want to be stepping over rocks, camping gear, or tree roots blindly in the middle of the night. A bright and reliable flashlight is very valuable for moms on camping adventures.

  1. Rain Jackets for the Kids

Investing in rain gear for your kids is definitely worth the money. In case of a sudden downpour, the water resistant rain jackets will keep your kids dry and happy. By protecting them from the damp weather, this also prevents them from getting sick. Check out a site like to find some great Patagonia rain gear for both you and your kids .

You don’t want to return home after a long weekend camping to find your children sick before school starts.

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Sandy VanHoey said...

Great tips! I've never even been camping but I do carry the disinfecting wipes with me all the time. Having the walkie talkies is a super idea to keep track of the kids

Robin Wilson said...

I love all of the suggestions listed. Most especially the walkie talkies! I would not have thought of those I don't believe. But a wonderful idea for the safety of the family.