We’ve been thinking long and hard recently about whether to go abroad with the children (aged 4 and 1) or to have a UK holiday and decided to leave boarding a plane with two little ones until they’re a teeny bit older. I know LOADS of people do it and it’s probably a breeze but the thought of just throwing everyone and everything in a car and setting off is winning me over right now. We have previously been ‘glamping’ with Erin when she was just a year old. We stayed at Paines Farmhouse in Goudhurst and it was such a lovely, little place. They’ve also added a couple of airstreams to their repertoire since our visit so definitely worth a look – they were brilliant hosts.
Anyway, I thought I would share some top camping and glamping with kids tips with you, if you’re thinking of doing something similar as the thought of not having a proper roof over your head, in the middle of nowhere, can be more than a little bit daunting. This has been a collaborative post, so where a tip was given by another blogger, I’ve linked them in. Do check out their blogs along the way!
- Take extra blankets. Evenings will get chilly, even in sleeping bags, so an extra blanket on top really helps.
- Hot water bottles are brilliant for glamping too. We are loving the animal hot water bottles from Potwells as they’re the perfect length for cuddling and hold their heat for 6-8 hours, meaning your little ones won’t wake up too cold in the middle of the night.
- A night light with a good battery is ideal for little ones that are in unfamiliar surrounding.
- Pitch your tent before you go to make sure that all the bits are there. You can guarantee that after a long journey, it’ll be pouring with rain and you’ll have hungry, tired children causing a riot when you realise you’ve missed the main pole to the tent!!
- Put layers between you/the kids and the floor as a lot of the cold comes up from the ground.
- Don’t get hung up on trying to stick to a routine. Bedtime will go out of the window, especially if you’re on a site where other children are outside playing!
- Take lots of snacks because all that outdoor play makes for hungry children!
- Find the bathrooms straight away and try to get a spot relatively close by for any middle of the night toiler trips.
- Rainy day activities are a must – a bag of small, fuss-free toys and games are essential, especially in the UK! Think playing cards, colouring etc.
Please do get in touch if you’ve found some brilliant top tips for camping and glamping with kids! We’re still on the lookout for where to go so would love to hear your ideas!