How to Camp With Kids... But Also Stay Sane

How to Camp With Kids... But Also Stay Sane

Camping with children is one of those things that, in theory, is an excellent idea.  There's the fresh air.  The togetherness.  The salty-hair, bare-feet good times.  But the reality is that, sometimes, camping with kids can feel like going to a whole lot of trouble and expense to make parenting, well, harder.

Thankfully, there are some brave souls who have paved the way for those of us coming behind, with some clever products and hacks that bring back the relax. Take a load off your next camping trip with these five top tips for camping with kids!

Bobo&Boo bamboo dinnerware1.  PRE-PACK–  Take it from us:  spending an entire day packing and then arriving at your campsite only to realise that you have forgotten ALL THE CUTLERY does not make for a great start to a camping holiday. The easy fix?  Pre-packing. Have a set of Bobo and Boo bamboo dinnerware , cups and cutlery pre-packed in a storage container (because who says you have to have ugly plates just because you’re camping?)  Add in your prep and washing up utensils.  All that is required when it comes time to leave on your holiday is lifting the container into the car! 

SUN-SAFETY STATION – If you're not careful, camping trips with kids can turn into one long hunt for hats, sunglasses and sunscreen. To keep things organised, set up a sun-safety station.  All the hats, Babiators and sunscreen get packed into hanging storage pouches. Before the kids leave the shelter in the morning, they visit the sun-safety station and slop, slap and slide. When they return, hats and kids sunnies go straight back into the pouches, ready for the next day.

DON’Cozy Toddler Sleep SuitT FORGET THE WARM STUFF – Sleep (or the lack thereof) can be another challenge when camping with kids.  Little ones tend to wriggle out of their sleeping bags during the night, and then wake up cold at 2 in the morning.  To keep those toddlers and pre-schoolers cosy all night long, the Cozy Toddler Suit by Baby Loves Sleep is a sanity-saver.   It's made from 2TOG quilting to keep them nice and warm all night. The foldover cuffs on both hands and feet keep little fingers and toes toasty, and full inner-leg zip makes nappy changes a breeze. 

RAINY DAY ACTIVITY – When it’s raining, or when the kids need a bit of downtime in the hottest part of the day, having an open-ended activity like LEGO will be a sanity-saver. Set a few LEGO challenges to get the action started (like building a boat that floats, a robot, or something made from exactly 100 LEGO pieces) and they’ll be entertained for ages.

ENJOY THE SLOW - One of the most frustrating things about camping is also one of its most rewarding features.  Everything takes SO LONG.  Cooking, washing up, even visiting the loo are a process, particularly with a few young in the mix.  Instead of fighting the slow, try leaning into it instead.  Our day-to-day lives are so fast-paced, that while it takes a bit of time to adjust to a slower rhythm, it's well worth the effort.

Happy camping!

What are your sanity-saving tips for camping with kids?  Share below!   


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Size Guide

A good fit is an important part of getting kids to wear their sunglasses. Check out the guide below for the recommendations and measurements of our different Babiators sunglasses sizes:

JUNIOR

AGES 0-2

 

 Junior Babiators sunglasses fit most babies 6 months to 2 years. Babiators are made of a soft material that is comfortable and lightweight. They are designed to fit kids’ faces and don’t pinch the temples or nose.

Fit will vary by child depending on head size.

If you’re between sizes, we recommend ordering your child’s sunglasses a size up.

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CLASSIC

AGES 3-5

 

Classic Babiators sunglasses fit most children 3 to 5 years. Babiators are made of a soft material that is comfortable and lightweight. They are designed to fit kids’ faces and don’t pinch the temples or nose.

Fit will vary by child depending on head size.

If you’re between sizes, we recommend ordering your child’s sunglasses a size up.

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Blue Series 6+

AGES 6 & UP

 

Our 6+ Blue Series sunglasses fit most school age children 6 years and up. Aces are made of a soft material that is comfortable and lightweight. They are designed to fit kids’ faces and don’t pinch the temples or nose. Fit will vary by child depending on head size.    

 

 

 

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If you are not sure if the sunglasses fit well we suggest checking out "The Babiators Sizing Guide" blog post we wrote that shows our wonderful little model who was in between sizes. It has some great pics show how to get the best fit.