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July 12, 2016

We are so excited about two upcoming family festivals we have planned this summer – Larmer Tree and Camp Bestival.

Camping with kids can be a huge learning curve and our biggest mistake was made on our first year by camping on a hill – never easy especially with a toddler who was at the half crawling, half walking stage.

Camping at a festival is a lot of fun, it isn’t quite as back to nature as a field in the middle of nowhere as there are facilities including toilets, showers, tea / coffee and food outlets close by, although cooking outside can be fun. Check out the best camping grills at https://www.globosurfer.com/best-camping-grills/

Camp Bestival
Tents are packed in fairly closely, which can mean things can be noisy at times, but it is also a lot of fun – imagine a game of “Bogies” ringing out in the morning as you all get ready to head onto the site and racing down the slope on a skateboard with newly made friends.

It is important that you get a decent camping kit ahead of your trip. You don’t have to spend a fortune and Millets are a great one-stop shop for a camping trip and are offering one lucky reader the chance to win the Ultimate Camping kit, with some of the essential items you need for a camping trip.

Prize includes:

  • 1x 4 man Beta 450 Vango tent
  • 2x Adult Eurohike Adventure Sleeping Bags
  • 2x Youth Eurohike Adventure Sleeping Bags

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  1. Reply

    Isabel O

    July 12, 2016

    Bring lots of entertainment that doesn’t need electricity/chargers. Solar chargers are usually pretty rubbish and anyway camping is about getting away from that stuff isn’t it? Books, outdoor games (like skittles, bats, balls), water pistols, and guides to local kid friendly attractions and walking routes are all great things to take.

  2. Reply

    Dee

    July 12, 2016

    I would recommend taking some interesting games – something which the whole family can get involved in. It will keep the kids busy and happy!

  3. Reply

    Tracy Nixon

    July 12, 2016

    Practice camping at home: If your kids are outdoor newbies, pitch a tent in the backyard or even inside your home. Let them hang out in it and sleep in it so they become comfortable with a new sleeping environment.

  4. Reply

    Joanne Dodd

    July 12, 2016

    Bring shoes/boots that are easy to slip on and off so when a midnight trip to the toilet is needed they don’t spend 10 minutes trying to get fiddly shoes on. Wellies are the best as they protect bare feet from nettles that can be missed in the dark or even hedgehogs(speaking from experience).

  5. Reply

    Pam Smith

    July 12, 2016

    Find a child friendly campsite with plenty of amenities to keep them busy if the weather takes a turn for the worse. One with good loos and showers is always good!

  6. Reply

    abigail lyes

    July 12, 2016

    I always prefer for camping with kids with lots of snacks. Books and activities. A football and for night a hot water bottle!

  7. Reply

    Elaine Betteridge

    July 12, 2016

    We’ve yet to go camping with Elliot so I have no tips…but good facilities are a must for anyone, nice toilets included!

  8. Reply

    Marion Weir

    July 12, 2016

    Always pack rainy day activity packs. We used a tarpaulin on a hilly part of the site and the kids had great fun sliding down it in the rain. We use pieces of wood and rope to set up activity courses and it doesn’t matter about the weather lol

  9. Reply

    Maria Webster

    July 12, 2016

    Get them involved in helping you set up, nothing like the feeling you have accomplished something!

  10. Reply

    Kerry

    July 12, 2016

    Camp near somewhere where the kids can build a den – keeps them busy for hours!

  11. Reply

    emma walters

    July 12, 2016

    the first couple of times we went with more experienced friends who could help out or give us tips/ideas as how to make it easy/enjoyable

  12. Reply

    Sandra Bald

    July 12, 2016

    Take a large umbrella, great in a downpour
    Also good for limiting sun exposure

  13. Reply

    Jessica Riches

    July 12, 2016

    Always bring marshmallows and wellies

  14. Reply

    kim neville

    July 12, 2016

    If first time don’t camp too far away from home and plan alternative activities if bad weather

  15. Reply

    kellyjo walters

    July 12, 2016

    I’ve never been with kids tbh.. but I’d pack loads of games and et wipes LOL

  16. Reply

    laura banks

    July 12, 2016

    take lots of outside games to play

  17. Reply

    Natalie J

    July 12, 2016

    Invest in a swing ball set, and also some books, colouring things just incase of bad weather. Have lots of snacks and drinks on hand and a pocket guide for bugs/wildlife etc so they can explore nature and really immerse themselves in the whole ‘off grid’ experience. Nature, muck and bugs is all very exciting stuff for these mini adventurers of mine lol. Above all else enjoy and have fun making memories 🙂

  18. Reply

    barbara daniels

    July 12, 2016

    as the scouts say ‘be prepared’ for anything and any scenario.

  19. Reply

    stephen lossnitzer

    July 12, 2016

    looks awesome and just what me and the kids need

  20. Reply

    Adam

    July 12, 2016

    Think ahead of every eventuality including bad weather, boredom busting things to do and illness. Plan simple meals which are quick an filling.

  21. Reply

    Helen

    July 12, 2016

    Kids+camping=making memories!
    Wet wipes and paper and pencils are my top tips!
    Paper and pencils- colouring, treasure hunts, hangman, noughts and crosses, paper planes and boats, etc etc
    Wet wipes covers all sorts of mess!

  22. Reply

    CAT CULMER

    July 12, 2016

    Take some glow sticks. They offer a reassuring light in the dark and can be lots of fun for little people.

  23. Reply

    Janice

    July 12, 2016

    tire them out as much as possible by keeping them active

  24. Reply

    Jodie Holyoake

    July 12, 2016

    Make a game out of everything, for example make setting up the tent a game so that they find it fun to do!

  25. Reply

    glenn hutton

    July 12, 2016

    Have plenty of fun things to do like books and games for when it is wet…

  26. Reply

    Paul Wilson

    July 12, 2016

    Let the kids help with everything – setting up the tent, getting water etc.

  27. Reply

    Heidi Craske

    July 12, 2016

    Make sure you have plenty of things to entertain them, and that toilets are nearby.

  28. Reply

    David Paterson

    July 12, 2016

    Preparation, lots of things to do sun or rain.

  29. Reply

    Cherry Edwards

    July 12, 2016

    Take their bikes and outside games like rounders or a kite so they can play when ever they want.

  30. Reply

    Stacey Carnell

    July 12, 2016

    Plan activities ahead to avoid bored and unhappy kids 🙂

  31. Reply

    Paul Towers

    July 12, 2016

    A camping toilet in the tent!

  32. Reply

    Iain Green

    July 12, 2016

    Camp out at home first so children know what to expect.

  33. Reply

    Mark Johnson

    July 12, 2016

    Go some where child friendly where they can easily play with other kids.

  34. Reply

    nashath ullah

    July 12, 2016

    Plan everything before going especially all the activities to keep the kids occupied.

  35. Reply

    angela boucher

    July 12, 2016

    My best tip for camping with the kid’s is to try and find a quiet corner in the campsite as this makes it so much easier to get them to sleep at bedtime.

  36. Reply

    nicola mckenzie

    July 12, 2016

    take lots of things to keep them amused, we like to take fishing rods and we camp where there are fishing lakes and we teach our children to fish and they absolutely love it, and when the weather is bad we play board games and card games and spend some really nice family time away from games consoles and ipads etc

  37. Reply

    Lisa King

    July 12, 2016

    Make a list of activities for the kids to do before you leave to go camping.
    Wildlife hunting is fab and geocaching is also great for the kids

  38. Reply

    Annette Oliver

    July 12, 2016

    Keep them involved and get them to help setting up the tent etc

  39. Reply

    Heather Haigh

    July 12, 2016

    Take plenty of wet wipes, and some pre-made comfort food that can be easily warmed up. Don’t forget to bring a favourite teddy or toy to sleep with.

  40. Reply

    Fiona B

    July 12, 2016

    Get them to help put up the tent to add to the excitement!

  41. Reply

    Stephanie Tsang

    July 12, 2016

    Go camping somewhere local and bring your child’s favourite teddy.

  42. Reply

    david rodhouse

    July 12, 2016

    Take loads of outdoor games to keep them entertained during the evenings.

  43. Reply

    Victoria Mylittlel

    July 12, 2016

    i would suggest to go open-minded if you have never done this before, maybe even go with those who have done this before, take the most important supplies and embrace the nature

  44. Reply

    lisa evans

    July 12, 2016

    Keep calm, let them help, bring plenty of toys etc or if in doubt leave your husband to get on with pitching the tent whilst you take them exploring and get out of the way!!!!

  45. Reply

    Mary Heald

    July 12, 2016

    Practise first, giving them specific jobs to do.

  46. Reply

    Natalie Crossan

    July 12, 2016

    Take lots of games to play x

  47. Reply

    Tammy Tudor

    July 12, 2016

    lots of planning!

  48. Reply

    Stephanie Coals

    July 12, 2016

    Get them involved in the whole experience so that they get the most out of it – let them experience cooking outdoors and putting the tent up for example.

  49. Reply

    Susan Hoggett

    July 12, 2016

    lots of family games

  50. Reply

    Sarah Mackay

    July 12, 2016

    Take board games with you to keep the kids entertained if it is raining

  51. Reply

    Inga Andersen

    July 12, 2016

    Letting them help putting the tent up and put things away 🙂

  52. Reply

    Adam Chaloner

    July 13, 2016

    Take a deep breath…. Count to ten and take the kids campimg.

  53. Reply

    Joshua Normanton

    July 13, 2016

    Camp somewhere local. 🙂

  54. Reply

    David Sweet

    July 13, 2016

    Try it our locally first

  55. Reply

    Fiona K

    July 13, 2016

    Choose a good family campsite so that there is plenty to do for the youngsters to keep them happy

  56. Reply

    Phil Darling

    July 13, 2016

    Choose a family campsite with great amenities for children

  57. Reply

    michelle thompson

    July 13, 2016

    take plenty of games to keep them entertained plenty of fluids if its hot and music all kids love music

  58. Reply

    Ann Robinson

    July 13, 2016

    Take board games and favouite toys so the kids have something to keep them amused and go to family friendly camp sites so the kids can run around and be kids and play with other kids

  59. Reply

    Claire Simpson

    July 13, 2016

    Plan ahead & bring lots of games & snacks

  60. Reply

    Rena Plumridge

    July 13, 2016

    Camp where there is plenty of safe open space for them to run around

  61. Reply

    Lorraine Johnson

    July 13, 2016

    Make a list of objects & wildlife to find & award points for the 1st person to find each one for a great family game

  62. Reply

    Joe Johnson

    July 13, 2016

    Be prepared for them not sleeping through the night with some extra food treats

  63. Reply

    Ellie Wood

    July 13, 2016

    Teach them bored games or card games before the trip, so that they don’t get bored and lose interested on the trip.

  64. Reply

    Caroline Bourne

    July 13, 2016

    Let them get involved in helping as it will stop them getting bored. Also, baby wipes are essential to clean all those mucky hands and faces!

  65. Reply

    Ben Audsley

    July 13, 2016

    take activities and games in case it rains – it usually does!

  66. Reply

    Kristy Brown

    July 13, 2016

    Cylumes (glow sticks) are ideal for little ones to take to bed with them rather than a large light/torch

  67. Reply

    Robert Barnes

    July 13, 2016

    Take a frisbee and lots of baby wipes!

  68. Reply

    Spencer Broadley

    July 13, 2016

    Good toilets, good night light / torches, and various fun things to do if it rains

  69. Reply

    Cristin williams

    July 13, 2016

    My tip for camping with kids is be organised but go with the flow! Things won’t always go to plan but that’s half the fun

  70. Reply

    Darren

    July 13, 2016

    We make a treasure hunt list of things to find and spot on our trip and then go hunting for them.

  71. Reply

    john jackson

    July 13, 2016

    pitch a tent in the backyard let the kids have fun pratending to be campimg

  72. Reply

    Fiona Martin

    July 13, 2016

    Take lots of fun things to occupy the children and plenty of changes of clothes!

  73. Reply

    Dean of Little Steps

    July 13, 2016

    Sounds like a fab competition! We do need a new tent, or at least new poles, since one of ours broke the last time we camped. So looking forward to camping again this year 🙂

  74. Reply

    Gavin

    July 13, 2016

    Have lots of dry clothes on hand.

  75. Reply

    joanna

    July 13, 2016

    I’m not keen on camping but if we were to go camping I’d make sure I had plenty of games to entertain my son.

  76. Reply

    tracy james

    July 13, 2016

    when camping with kids,i take lots of books and board games i,always take a football aswell.x

  77. Reply

    Pinkoddy

    July 13, 2016

    Don’t expect to get too much sleep!

  78. Reply

    Jo Carroll

    July 13, 2016

    I’d recommend plenty of backgarden camping practice first 😉

  79. Reply

    Ann M

    July 13, 2016

    Don’t stress about mud and muck etc !!! Kids will be rolling in it and having the time of their lives, just sit back and enjoy the great outdoors with a glass or two of wine ! xx

  80. Reply

    Bob Clark

    July 13, 2016

    make sure you spread the work out evenly

  81. Reply

    Louise Smith

    July 13, 2016

    Take an ipad or portable dvd player to watch movies or play games on at night

  82. Reply

    Robert Campbell

    July 13, 2016

    …the secret is is to tire the kids out!!

  83. Reply

    Francesca - From Pennies to Pounds

    July 13, 2016

    Oo I’ve never been camping, but I have been thinking about going with my 4 year old, she would love it! Would love to win this!

  84. Reply

    Hilda Hazel Wright

    July 13, 2016

    Get them involved even if it ends up taking longer. Putting up the tent, getting water or supplies, cooking, washing up…it is all part of the camping experience! It is like making a den!

  85. Reply

    Lindsey Stuart

    July 13, 2016

    Always try to pitch before dark, let the little ones help they will love to be involved!
    Always make sure you know where the toilets are and ask your little ones to go to the loo before sleep time,
    Make sure your camping sites has plenty adventure routes for during the day! 🙂 Happy Camping.

  86. Reply

    brenda heads

    July 13, 2016

    let the children plan meals and help shop for the food they are more likely to eat what is put in front of them. take plenty of drinks and do not camp too far away from the toilets.

  87. Reply

    Sarah N

    July 13, 2016

    Take board games and toys for them

  88. Reply

    Matthew P

    July 13, 2016

    never been camping :-/

  89. Reply

    Abigail Aris

    July 13, 2016

    Make everything an adventure. They won’t complain of being bored or not enjoying it, if they think its all one big adventure! Such a simple thing to do but it works.

  90. Reply

    Simon Benson

    July 13, 2016

    Take a pre- cooked meal like bolognese that you can heat up quickly for the first nights tea once the tent is up

  91. Reply

    simone lee

    July 13, 2016

    MAKE SURE YOU TAKE PLENTY OF OUTSIDE GAMES AS 90% OF THE TIME IS SPENT OUTSIDE ALSO TAKE LOTS INDOOR GAMES FOR THAT RAINY DAY

  92. Reply

    Matt McAndrew

    July 13, 2016

    My best tip for camping with kids: Reconsider!

  93. Reply

    Kate Toner

    July 13, 2016

    Go somewhere with lots of spaced take the bikes!

  94. Reply

    darren hay

    July 13, 2016

    Take plenty of games and books for those rainy days.

  95. Reply

    Rita Hutton

    July 13, 2016

    Get them to help you set up and after that, just let them have fun.

  96. Reply

    jason wills

    July 13, 2016

    Take them little nets with you so they can either catch butterflies or they can try and catch minnows in the stream

  97. Reply

    C Kennedy

    July 13, 2016

    Bring lots of games (or better, make some up!)

  98. Reply

    Sandra Henderson

    July 13, 2016

    cards!!keeps them amused and lots of goodies to eat.

  99. Reply

    sarah birkett

    July 13, 2016

    give them small responsibilities for the holiday. no matter how small

  100. Reply

    Rebecca Alderson

    July 13, 2016

    Make sure you have plenty of outdoor games to keep them occupied and wear them out!

  101. Reply

    iain maciver

    July 13, 2016

    make it fun

  102. Reply

    Amy Withnall

    July 13, 2016

    Never, ever forget their favourite teddy bear.

  103. Reply

    Nicola Marshall

    July 13, 2016

    Let the kids get involved and take lots of games to keep them entertained!

  104. Reply

    daniel baugh

    July 13, 2016

    Lots and lots of food. Being outdoors makes everybody more hungry than usual

  105. Reply

    Amanda

    July 13, 2016

    Lots of research! Try and camp on a site or area that provide activities on wet days such as indoor pool etc

  106. Reply

    esther james

    July 13, 2016

    Bring warm clothes for the night and books for the tent to keep them occupied if its raining

  107. Reply

    ali

    July 13, 2016

    take flip flops for the showers!

  108. Reply

    Eve Taylor

    July 13, 2016

    Plenty of snacks, fresh water, antihistamine cream in case of bites/stings, comics, torches, sausages, loo roll, dry clothes, socks. What a great prize!

  109. Reply

    Rob Winkfield

    July 13, 2016

    Take an iPad and a solar charger! 🙂

  110. Reply

    Karl Borowy

    July 13, 2016

    prepare well

  111. Reply

    Laura Harrison

    July 13, 2016

    Make sure you take lots of snacks, activities which you can do to keep them entertained if it’s raining (activity books, cards, personal games computers etc) xxx

  112. Reply

    Lisa Armstrong'

    July 13, 2016

    Bring lots of activities to keep them entertained such as a Badminton/Tennis set, Books, colouring books, Football and Puzzles.

  113. Reply

    Rebecca Nisbet

    July 13, 2016

    be prepared, and before you go on a proper camping trip try a night out in the back garden first.

  114. Reply

    Kathy Cakebread

    July 13, 2016

    Never been but I would hope for real toilets nearby so no fields for us!

  115. Reply

    Lillian Fisher

    July 13, 2016

    Take wellies and warm, waterproof clothes, so you can continue with outdoor walks and games if the weather isn’t the best.

  116. Reply

    Keely

    July 13, 2016

    Wet wipes and a solar powered phone charger are my top tips!

  117. Reply

    Jenni

    July 13, 2016

    I’m looking forward to when we start camping with Lucas. From when I was younger I would say the best tip is being near a park area/open space so kids can play without upsetting the none family campers x

  118. Reply

    Maggie Coates

    July 13, 2016

    Take enough torches for you and the kids to have one each

  119. Reply

    Jemma

    July 13, 2016

    Insulate from the ground up and take lots of wine!

  120. Reply

    Sylvia Paul

    July 13, 2016

    Pack plenty of games and snacks to keep them happy.

  121. Reply

    Joanna Kasznicki

    July 13, 2016

    Plenty of books, games and colouring things to do when the weather is miserable. Also bring a couple of extra pillows so they can be comfy

  122. Reply

    samantha price

    July 13, 2016

    finding a child friendly camp site

  123. Reply

    Hollie

    July 13, 2016

    Take lots of big repellant, sun cream and a first aid kit! Also, plan lots of fun games like a treasure hunt or a game spotting / looking for things in nature 🙂

  124. Reply

    ElizM

    July 13, 2016

    Plan lots of fun – fun food, fun games etc

  125. Reply

    Lorraine Tinsley

    July 13, 2016

    Take plenty of wet wipes, a torch and be prepared for the lovely UK weather, wellies and waterproofs just in case

  126. Reply

    sarah fielding

    July 14, 2016

    Plan lots of things to do, so they don’t get bored such as games!

  127. Reply

    Kathryn Davies

    July 14, 2016

    Choose an area with lots to do if it’s wet.

  128. Reply

    Zoey P

    July 14, 2016

    Get them helping in setting up site , and pack / invent plenty of games to keep them occupied

  129. Reply

    hazel haskayne

    July 14, 2016

    make it an adventure and make them feel useful by helping to set up camp, fetching water etc.

  130. Reply

    Sue McCarthy

    July 14, 2016

    I don’t have any children but would love to win this prize to donate to charity, to go to Romania. Would come in useful for people who become homeless due to natural disasters like the landslides they have experienced in the past.

  131. Reply

    Fashion and Style Police

    July 14, 2016

    Bring a lot of entertainment for the kids would be my tip. Lovely giveaway.

  132. Reply

    Jennifer Haden

    July 14, 2016

    Bring plenty of things to do while travelling, like little games and books

  133. Reply

    Tracy Gladman

    July 14, 2016

    Make it fun. Get them involved in every aspect from choosing the tent to deciding where to go.

  134. Reply

    david cavender

    July 14, 2016

    keep them engaged with planning the whole trip

  135. Reply

    Catherine Okey

    July 14, 2016

    Take plenty of games to keep them occupied if it rains.

  136. Reply

    Nicki Evans

    July 14, 2016

    Bring plenty of blankets and wet weather clothes and activities. You can never trust that English summer weather!

  137. Reply

    Emma Hunt

    July 14, 2016

    Make up little wildlife search And find sheets for the little ones to make them more excited about nature. For example, tick when u find a dragonfly, or ladybug etc

  138. Reply

    Susan Lloyd

    July 14, 2016

    Take lots of easy no cook foods x

  139. Reply

    Anita Hooper

    July 14, 2016

    Take old clothes and wellies as you never know what the weather might be like!

  140. Reply

    laura dove

    July 14, 2016

    We haven’t done camping with all four yet but I did camp with our eldest. I would say wrap up warm!!!

  141. Reply

    Amy Warwick

    July 14, 2016

    Making sure there is things to do, activities lined up and plenty of snacks!

  142. Reply

    maureen findley

    July 14, 2016

    allocate tasks to each child so they feel more involved

  143. Reply

    Catherine Whetton

    July 14, 2016

    A large umbrella, wet wipes ( you never know when you have to use them), games ( non electrical) and sun team

  144. Reply

    Roger Bufton

    July 14, 2016

    Have interesting things to do & go to, this will keep then happy.

  145. Reply

    pete c

    July 14, 2016

    give them some responsibility so they feel part of it all

  146. Reply

    Andy Caldwell

    July 14, 2016

    Find a child friendly campsite with plenty of amenities to keep them busy if the weather takes a turn for the worse

  147. Reply

    clair downham

    July 14, 2016

    have a practice run in the back garden first and always take loads to keep the little ones occupied

  148. Reply

    laura stewart

    July 14, 2016

    take home comforts x

  149. Reply

    Martina Pichova

    July 14, 2016

    I they are still little – bring all-in-one waterproofs and wellies (for any age) for rainy days.

  150. Reply

    Kristyn Harris

    July 14, 2016

    Take lots to keep children entertained for if the weather is good or if it is bad

  151. Reply

    Rachel

    July 14, 2016

    Book a B&B ha… seriously that is what I would do, everyone else can camp and I will have a bed x

  152. Reply

    Jodi hill

    July 14, 2016

    Take lots to do! Board games, books, crayons and paper!

  153. Reply

    kim wallace

    July 14, 2016

    take plenty of games for the kids if weather bad

  154. Reply

    Becky John

    July 14, 2016

    As our weather is so unpredictable, take colouring books and pencils, card games and board games so the kids are occupied if it’s pouring down outside!

  155. Reply

    Paula Readings

    July 14, 2016

    Give them fun jobs.

  156. Reply

    joanne casey

    July 14, 2016

    Get them involved with their own packing and help getting everything set up and plenty of games for them to play to stop them getting bored

  157. Reply

    Angela Treadway

    July 14, 2016

    Lots of activities for them to do x

  158. Reply

    clairejustine

    July 14, 2016

    This looks great!!
    I’ve never been camping before but I am going to try and enter!!
    Best camping tip, ermm take a warm cover for cooler nights!?

  159. Reply

    david stratford

    July 14, 2016

    teaching them bugs aren’t things to be scared off

  160. Reply

    Kim Styles

    July 14, 2016

    take plenty of waterproofs and indoor and outdoor games! collect 2ps and 1ps throughout the year if near arcades for machines to go to on a rainy day

  161. Reply

    Stevie

    July 14, 2016

    Mine is really simple, take forks, fresh water and pot noodles.

  162. Reply

    Dionne

    July 14, 2016

    Make Smores!

  163. Reply

    jennifer thorpe

    July 14, 2016

    take lots of activities for them to do and try to camp in a big open space, they just love running around

  164. Reply

    Kate Green

    July 14, 2016

    We like to highlight the differences to sleeping indoors but encouraging the bambinos to use their senses to hear different noises, smell different bits of nature and watch the stars. Getting closer to nature while enjoying a fun experience

  165. Reply

    Mary Cooper

    July 14, 2016

    Take plenty of Deet insecticide products to prevent bites

  166. Reply

    Susan Smith

    July 14, 2016

    Take plenty with you to keep them amused, we normally take a swing ball and garden games and a couple of board games

  167. Reply

    lynn savage

    July 14, 2016

    make a scavenger hunt bag for each child, this will keep them busy during the holiday, on one side of the bag put pictures of things to collect and on the other side put pictures of things they might see to tick off

  168. Reply

    Jemma Dwyer

    July 14, 2016

    take lots of reading books & games and music

  169. Reply

    Jessica Howliston

    July 14, 2016

    Let them help with setting everything up so they feel involved and don’t get bored! x

  170. Reply

    Newcastle Family Life

    July 14, 2016

    I have never been camping before, I like my home comforts a bit much. It sounds like you are all sorted for camping this summer though xx

  171. Reply

    Dawn Adams

    July 14, 2016

    Keep it simple, take multi purpose items, and although those crocs may not be the best looking footwear, they are the best for slipping on and off going in and out of the tent, showering in and trips to the beach.

  172. Reply

    Kat Glynn

    July 14, 2016

    We always do a test run in the garden at the start of each summer, just to make sure everything is still okay,

  173. Reply

    Natalie Gillham

    July 14, 2016

    Choose a family caravan site and be prepared so take everything you might need x

  174. Reply

    Leanne Lunn

    July 14, 2016

    Go with the flow, enjoy and have fun, just make sure you have plenty of blankets incase it’s cold.

  175. Reply

    renae

    July 14, 2016

    Take some soft mats to sleep on and take wet wipes for everything!

  176. Reply

    Rich Tyler

    July 14, 2016

    Getting them stuck-in so they dont get bored!

  177. Reply

    Lindsay Taylor

    July 15, 2016

    Plenty of outdoor games – balls, rackets, bats, etc and some cards and story books for the night. We enjoy stargazing on nights that are clear.

  178. Reply

    Alina

    July 15, 2016

    Entered! I absolutely love camping and can’t wait to go again 🙂
    Alina from The Fairytale Pretty Picture

  179. Reply

    Ray Dodds

    July 15, 2016

    Take lots of games

  180. Reply

    Stephanie Lear

    July 15, 2016

    Buy a children’s nature book and get them to tick off any animal, insect or flower they see x

  181. Reply

    Emma Gibson

    July 15, 2016

    Makes sure there is plenty of things to do.

  182. Reply

    Helena Phillips

    July 15, 2016

    Make them feel safe and secure and that it is a fun treat not a punishment. Camping lanterns that they can use themselves. Security in that they are not too near to the tent opening so that ‘monsters’ can’t get them. Make sure the sleeping bag will really keep them warm during the night.

  183. Reply

    GEOFF WICKENS

    July 15, 2016

    MAKE SURE YOU HAVE GOT ENOUGH TENT PEGS

  184. Reply

    Katie Sharman

    July 15, 2016

    A night in the garden first and lots of bbc a by wipes

  185. Reply

    Jemma Beynon

    July 15, 2016

    I have never been camping with the kids before but if I get the chance to go camping I would definitely take lots of entertaining games

  186. Reply

    Laura Todd

    July 15, 2016

    Going to a campsite with lots of forest walks and things to do with the kids, even an indoor play area for bad weather, anything to keep them occupied 🙂

  187. Reply

    adrian price

    July 15, 2016

    DONT DO IT—-ITS MURDER

  188. Reply

    Keshia Esgate

    July 15, 2016

    Pack extra dry clothes

  189. Reply

    Peter Saville

    July 15, 2016

    Lots of books!

  190. Reply

    Beky Austerberry

    July 15, 2016

    Take lots of warm clothes and games and activities. Above all else make memories & have fun.

  191. Reply

    Amanda Dunn

    July 15, 2016

    Go with the flow! Just enjoy the outdoors, each othe and dont fuss or worry about the mess or dirt or time

  192. Reply

    Steve Weaver

    July 15, 2016

    Take a small tent for them during the day to play, but make sure you have extra space in your tent when evening comes on 😉

  193. Reply

    Lilinha

    July 15, 2016

    We’ve never been camping before, so unfortunately I don’t have any tips!
    http://lilinhaangel.com/

  194. Reply

    Solange

    July 16, 2016

    Pick your camp location wisely. Before kids, my idea of a good campsite was “as remote as possible.” Now, I know that being near a bathroom trumps all, especially at 2am (should you be camping somewhere with bathrooms). I also avoid being along the main roads, I stay away from streams near our site, and try not to back up to any deep woods, which can look irresistible to an exploring toddler unless you’ve got an eye on them at all times.

  195. Reply

    Sandy Bonesteel

    July 16, 2016

    My best tip for camping with a kid or kids is to bring plenty of things for them to do in case they get bored with camping.

  196. Reply

    Jade Leigh

    July 16, 2016

    Foam floor tiles for the tent, I wrote a list of things that could be found in the woods and the kids ticked them off as they found them, I think its wise to have a hand washing station set up. Glow sticks are great (Dont throw them away when u get home, put them in the freezer it gives them a new lease of life!) Last but not least A football@
    Good Luck all xx

  197. Reply

    Rebekah Jones

    July 16, 2016

    Make it an adventure and involve them!! take plenty of board and outdoor games … and keep them active in the day so they are tired at night.

  198. Reply

    paul langley

    July 16, 2016

    Try to do something different each day or see different things. Keep it fun. Kids easily get bored with the same thing all the time.

  199. Reply

    Kali filsell

    July 16, 2016

    ort and pack each day of your children’s clothes within individual small plastic grocery bags in his/her suitcase. This way your child can grab a bag in the morning and have a full set of clothes for the day, and at night he/she can stuff the dirty ones back in the bag thus not mixing up the rest of the suitcase. Give each child their own flashlight . Also give each child their own whistle just incase they get lost x

  200. Reply

    Peter Hall

    July 16, 2016

    Be prepared for rain

  201. Reply

    Donna Caldwell

    July 16, 2016

    Make sure your campsite has a little swing park or something to keep the kids entertained. Let them help set things up as well give them a task

  202. Reply

    Phil O'neill

    July 17, 2016

    I always make sure there is lots to do nearby and always make sure my daughters tablet is fully charged incase of bad weather.

  203. Reply

    Ruth Harwood

    July 17, 2016

    Make sure there’s plenty to do in the day so they get tired and sleep well xx

  204. Reply

    sarah rees

    July 17, 2016

    have fun and enjoy it, ensure lots of fun activities are nearby and hope for good weather

  205. Reply

    Susan B

    July 17, 2016

    Let the children take turns at helping you choose the campsite.

  206. Reply

    janine atkin

    July 17, 2016

    have plenty of activities planned

  207. Reply

    Kimberley Ryan

    July 17, 2016

    Make sure the site is family friendly with good facilities. Get the children involved with setting up, and choosing activities.

  208. Reply

    Clair Dukes

    July 17, 2016

    Make it exciting, do not stress and choose a family friendly site!

  209. Reply

    Sam McKean

    July 17, 2016

    Take lots of things to do in all weathers, beach games, top trumps, colouring books, portable dvd players, travel games and plenty of snacks.

  210. Reply

    Nicola S

    July 17, 2016

    When you first arrive find them some “safe” jobs. They’ll feel useful and involved. Take plenty of rainy day stuff too!

  211. Reply

    Elizabeth Hinds

    July 17, 2016

    Take lots of things to occupy them – games, books, snacks, etc. I personally don’t like going down the technology route as for me part of the camping experience is getting away from all that 🙂

  212. Reply

    Corinne Peat

    July 17, 2016

    Make sure you take a night light for when it gets dark so they don’t get too scared.

  213. Reply

    Juanita Powers

    July 17, 2016

    Always remember the baby wipes, they come in handy for all sorts of things.
    And always take a smaller tent, set it up close to the entrance to the main tent and have it a a play tent, so the kids can keep there toys and play in there if it rains or use it as a sun shelter for when the sun shines

  214. Reply

    Natasha Mairs

    July 17, 2016

    I have never been camping with the kids but we are hoping to go at the end of August. Just need a tent first, so fingers crossed. But we will be taking loads of snacks for the kids and baby wipes

  215. Reply

    Melissa Lee

    July 18, 2016

    Plenty of spare warm clothing and a lot of food

  216. Reply

    cathyj

    July 18, 2016

    lots of activities

  217. Reply

    Angela Paull

    July 18, 2016

    Take plenty of things to do/games to play and lots of easy to eat foods cos camping cooking always takes longer than you think lol

  218. Reply

    Amber Rossi

    July 18, 2016

    Perfect family weekend – camping !

  219. Reply

    Kirsteen Mackay

    July 18, 2016

    Wear waterproof clothes and take lots of blankets.

  220. Reply

    Anne Johnston

    July 18, 2016

    Get them involved before you go to try and make it as fun as possible for them

  221. Reply

    Greig spencer

    July 18, 2016

    practice at home first, so you know you will like it when it comes to doing the real thing

  222. Reply

    Chrissie Curtis

    July 18, 2016

    Be prepared! Have a practice run at home. Take a small toy tub incase it rains and you need to keep them entertained!

  223. Reply

    Gemma Chamberlain

    July 19, 2016

    Buy them their own torch so they feel extra special if they wake up and need a piddle

  224. Reply

    Kathleen Lynch

    July 19, 2016

    My camping tips are bring a torch, warm clothes for night and have a few games at the ready.
    Check everything before you go!

  225. Reply

    Tiff Jordan

    July 19, 2016

    Take a bag of spare cloths, bin bags, wet wipes… My mum always tells the story of how I was sick as a toddler in a tent… Be prepared!!

  226. Reply

    Judith Allen

    July 19, 2016

    I haven’t been camping with small children, my girl was nine when we first went. I would suggest really warm socks and pjs, it can be very cold at night even in the height of summer. And lots of food. Nothing is fun when cold and hungry.

  227. Reply

    Andy Kadir-Buxton

    July 20, 2016

    Use good tent pegs, as they will soon get pulled out with trips on guide ropes.

  228. Reply

    Amanda Gibson

    July 20, 2016

    We do a dummy run with camping for two nights in our garden, we bring the indoors outside, if we can we like to ask the children if they want a friend to come, the more the merrier is far better , and don’t forget a football, a bat and a tennis ball, great games with those 3 items.

  229. Reply

    Laura Loo

    July 20, 2016

    Lots of different activities to do especially for when it rains and a small paddling pool to bath in

  230. Reply

    Cheryl Price

    July 20, 2016

    Bring lots of games to play at night or if bad weather

  231. Reply

    Henry Little

    July 20, 2016

    be prepared for weather changes, and have back up activities should the weather be bad, don’t need to be stuck in a tent with the rain pelting down.

  232. Reply

    MANDY DOHERTY

    July 20, 2016

    Give the kids a job to do, no matter how small and try not to get too stressed

  233. Reply

    Ms Aideen McElhone Patel

    July 20, 2016

    Lots of extra blankets & plenty of water 🙂

  234. Reply

    Rachel Butterworth

    July 20, 2016

    To avoid boredom and tantrums, involve kids in everything from putting the tent up to cooking to deciding on activities.

  235. Reply

    Darren Freeman

    July 20, 2016

    Plenty of games…and things to wash!!

  236. Reply

    Angela Pagan

    July 21, 2016

    Play travel board games and card games – leave all the techy gadgets at home! I was surprised how much my kids loved playing ‘old school’ games – and no mention of minecraft all weekend! Bonus!

  237. Reply

    Hayley Elvin

    July 21, 2016

    Bring lots of games like a rounders set, quiz book, cards, a board game or two and let the kids join in, they love getting stuck into tasks

  238. Reply

    JULIE WARD

    July 21, 2016

    I’ve never been camping with kids, this is for my son and his family

  239. Reply

    Mike Amis

    July 22, 2016

    always take familiar food and drink with you. No point trying to force children to eat anything foreign or unusual

  240. Reply

    bella smyth

    July 22, 2016

    Camping tip is to relax and dont stress the kids will get muckkie to take lots of wet wipes and make a game out of everything, take them a explorers kit (magnifing glass ,notebook, pencil and torch for nighttime exploring )

  241. Reply

    Nicola Hunter

    July 22, 2016

    Remember to bring a waterproof over layer.

  242. Reply

    Paul Williams

    July 22, 2016

    cotton wool to clean cuts and grazes on the kids from playing outside, and for my ears when all the giggling and screaming gets to loud for me…smile

  243. Reply

    Wendy Smith

    July 22, 2016

    Take lots of things to keep kids occupied and lots of changes of dry clothes

  244. Reply

    Sonia Cash

    July 22, 2016

    Chill relax smile laugh and enjoy your time with them and let them use their Outdoor Voices

  245. Reply

    claire woods

    July 23, 2016

    take things for them to do.

  246. Reply

    Jan Walkden

    July 23, 2016

    Have a look at the reviews for campsites before choosing a good one for your family holiday. Bring a ball and/or frisby (outdoor games stuff etc) to enjoy.

  247. Reply

    Rachel Craig

    July 23, 2016

    Remember to make the time entertaining and fun, children love to learn and be helpful. Whilst ensuring they know to stay close to their parents, in order to remain safe.

  248. Reply

    Michelle o'neill

    July 23, 2016

    let them get involved with everything x

  249. Reply

    Emma Watson

    July 23, 2016

    Get them involved! Give them their own jobs to help out and get organised, after all, you’re family and families work together.

  250. Reply

    Mike Eckersley

    July 23, 2016

    PATIENCE!!!!!!

  251. Reply

    katie w

    July 24, 2016

    take wet wipes and plenty of games in case of a turn in the weather

  252. Reply

    tamalyn roberts

    July 24, 2016

    buy them head torches so they can see in the dark, they will love them. makes bathroom trips easier and much more fun lol

  253. Reply

    Katie Kingsbury

    July 24, 2016

    Take as many bin liners/black sacks and wet wipes as you can fit in the car. Oh, and lots of wine 😉 .

  254. Reply

    Rachel P

    July 24, 2016

    We’ve never had a tent so haven’t been able to go camping! But would love to go near the beach for a surfing holiday 😀

  255. Reply

    Rebecca Howells (@PeanutHog)

    July 24, 2016

    Take plenty to keep them entertained – e.g. frisby, pack of cards, ball. Get them involved in the cooking and putting up the tent. Teach them about the wildlife.

  256. Reply

    Karen Lawrinson

    July 24, 2016

    A nature treasure hunt is a great way of keeping them occupied. Give them a list of things to find, e.g. leaves from different trees, flowers or berries, depending on the time of year (keep an eye on little ones to make sure they don’t eat anything they shouldn’t!), various insects, etc.

  257. Reply

    Mandi

    July 25, 2016

    Ensure all foodstuff is kept in plastic containers, I usually take a stacking box with a lid, that way no ant invasion!

  258. Reply

    Nancy

    July 25, 2016

    Research the site – how kid friendly is it – is there a playground
    Slip on shoes (crocs or similar) keeps the tent clean
    Talk about camping before you go – establish their expectations
    Take a swingball

  259. Reply

    lugworm

    July 25, 2016

    Earplugs!

  260. Reply

    Nicola Tayler

    July 25, 2016

    Find something in the car to keep them occupied when putting up the tent. There’s nothing more stressful than trying to erect the tent and stopping the children from running over the tent, or deciding to run off and explore when they are only 5!

  261. Reply

    Amy Dugdale

    July 25, 2016

    Don’t squash them

  262. Reply

    Sarah

    July 25, 2016

    Just got back from camping was brilliant, first time in a trailer tent. My advice is: take warm PJs even in summer! Getting cold is the worst thing.

  263. Reply

    Emily Downes

    July 25, 2016

    We are off to camp Bestival on Thursday until Monday and always pack the below;
    * Bubble Wands
    * Face paints – Including UV Facepaints!
    * Dressing up costumes! This year it’s space so we have made Tutu’s , Jet packs, Googley alien eyes on headbands, Astronaut badges and more!
    * Our Pull along cart – With Loads of fairy lights!
    * UV glow bands, head bands, bracelets, necklaces, wands
    * Glitter Hoop
    ( Nappies, Wipes, Food, Drink, Suncream!! Wellies, Raincoats, Cheap Festiwear ( Although the tutu’s for £40.00 did catch my eye on one stall last year!)
    I have three children .. one aged 5- Who is into everything And would be happy to do anything and everything! Which probably will cost a fortune but He is an active one! Another aged 3 and there quarters (As my daughter likes to say) And a 20 month old turning 18 year old little madam who will most certainly jump in wet muddy puddles if it rains, Or dance and prance to MR TUMBLE on Saturday morning!…
    Our best buy was a £20.00 Halfords fold away table that seats four! The table folds out into a big table with four seats, and folds back into a compact light weight case!

  264. Reply

    leanne weir

    July 26, 2016

    make sure the ground is nice and open for them to run about

  265. Reply

    Andrew Hindley

    July 26, 2016

    Bring toys and books from home and Extra bedding

  266. Reply

    Sarah Brokenshire

    July 26, 2016

    Play lots of games xxx

  267. Reply

    Kat Allinson

    July 26, 2016

    Take a few toys and books, but most importantly relax and accept that things never happen the same as they do at home

  268. Reply

    Susan Trubey

    July 27, 2016

    I haven’t been camping with children.

  269. Reply

    Caroline Cordery

    July 27, 2016

    Go with friends is my best tip- adults to help each other, kids to play with each other

  270. Reply

    Mrs S W Lee

    July 27, 2016

    Bring wellies, it’s bound to rain at some point with the british weather, and there’s nothing worse than wet and muddy socks!

  271. Reply

    beverley thwaites

    July 27, 2016

    Make it an adventure!

  272. Reply

    Emily Clark

    July 27, 2016

    Let them go wild and run around before bed – tire them out so they can’t complain about being cold!

  273. Reply

    donna l jones

    July 28, 2016

    a campsite that has loads for the children to do

  274. Reply

    James Gavin

    July 28, 2016

    Let them get messy and dirty, Don’t stress out

  275. Reply

    Maureen Mallea

    July 28, 2016

    Camp in the garden first/let them help put up the tent (should do this anyway to check everything is OK)

  276. Reply

    Sara Friend

    July 28, 2016

    Take various boardgames and cards for when/if the weather turns cold and wet

  277. Reply

    Sheri Darby

    July 28, 2016

    Getting them involved in everything from pitching the tent to cooking

  278. Reply

    Rebecca Roberts

    July 28, 2016

    Let them help involve them but keeping it fun

  279. Reply

    Caroline Blaza

    July 28, 2016

    Camp near woods or somewhere they can get out and explore.

  280. Reply

    jen s morgan

    July 28, 2016

    Get them to write a list of things they want to do whilst camping helping put up tent. Having toasted marshmallows etc really keeps them from getting bored x

  281. Reply

    Merlinda Little (Glimmer of Hope)

    July 28, 2016

    Let them help on chores and task! This will teach them to do things by themselves eventually and you dont have to worry where they are when your are doing chores as they are with you!

  282. Reply

    Richard Johnson

    July 28, 2016

    DON’T

  283. Reply

    Kate

    July 29, 2016

    I haven’t been camping much, but when I have I’ve definitely relied on plenty of entertainment and food! It keeps everyone happy and busy.
    Great giveaway. Thank you.

  284. Reply

    elaine stokes

    July 29, 2016

    let them help do everything… from making the shopping list to putting the tent up, also make sure you take plenty of wet wipes

  285. Reply

    Tean Porteus

    July 29, 2016

    Take a short trip first to see how you all get on in a confined space!

  286. Reply

    Kerry Brown

    July 29, 2016

    Lots of games and get the kids involved in helping

  287. Reply

    Keith Hunt

    July 29, 2016

    A little solar light so they can find tent in the dark.

  288. Reply

    Kelly Goodall

    July 29, 2016

    Make a checklist of different leaves, bugs etc. Go hunting

  289. Reply

    SOPHIE B

    July 29, 2016

    Before going camping with kids always prepare a plan for wet & dry activities.

  290. Reply

    Kerry Smith

    July 29, 2016

    I have honestly never been camping in my life but I’d love to try it

  291. Reply

    Clare B

    July 29, 2016

    The beach near us in West Wales called Penbryn

  292. Reply

    Rebecca Phillips

    July 30, 2016

    I don’t have any as I’ve never been yet! My other half is eager for us to camp as a family though.

  293. Reply

    jo liddement

    July 30, 2016

    Lots of things to play outdoors and some card games in case it rains

  294. Reply

    Matt Baker

    July 30, 2016

    Plenty of dry clothes!

  295. Reply

    Lou Green

    July 30, 2016

    Take lots of outdoor games to entertain them, and if you are able take their bikes

  296. Reply

    Paula Phillips

    July 30, 2016

    Take plenty of things to keep them amused, toys for playing outside and inside if the weathers not so good. If it’s going to be their first time camping put the tent up in the garden first to show them what to expect.

  297. Reply

    Jacqui Kean

    July 30, 2016

    Take lots and lots of clothes pegs…peg towels/clothes to hanging line, peg drawing paper to table, making a den in the trees with pegs, makes a great game of running around and pegging each other

  298. Reply

    kirsty szekeres

    July 30, 2016

    Board games for rainy days

  299. Reply

    A.E. ADKINS

    July 30, 2016

    Tether them down! Seriously though set roaming boundaries but allow independent exploration (as long as you can see or hear them)

  300. Reply

    cara-jane Hunter

    July 30, 2016

    take water wipes

  301. Reply

    Raphael Patrice

    July 30, 2016

    Take food you know they will enjoy

  302. Reply

    Kate Knight

    July 30, 2016

    Have a camp fire and toast marshmallows

  303. Reply

    Maria Clarke

    July 30, 2016

    take the bikes or scooters and if room a paddling pool

  304. Reply

    Chris Fletcher

    July 30, 2016

    Before we went on a proper camp – we had a little adventure in the garden! It helped them get used to camping over night without the dramas!

  305. Reply

    Robert Price

    July 30, 2016

    Organise plenty of things to do

  306. Reply

    michelle hamilton

    July 30, 2016

    have a umbrella, wellies,

  307. Reply

    Mary Fuller

    July 30, 2016

    Comfy clothes and footwear that are easy to out on (no fiddly buttons or anything that can get caught), keep anything not yet worn in waterproof bags & dirty clothing farange away. Lots of easy seal containers to avoid creepy crawlies. Pack of cards, colouring books and travel games to avoid boredom, & wildlife/bird books so they can find anything they see.

  308. Reply

    Emily Hutchinson

    July 30, 2016

    Have a practice setting up the tent before you go so they know what is involved and can help out

  309. Reply

    Mary Baldwin

    July 30, 2016

    Make sure you have a tent big enough – there’s nothing worse, especially if it’s raining and you’re all on top of each other.

  310. Reply

    Amy Skinner

    July 30, 2016

    Take some indoor activities like puzzles and board games in case it rains

  311. Reply

    sharon martin

    July 30, 2016

    plenty of activities and make them feel involved in setting up and helping out

  312. Reply

    Sally Hay

    July 30, 2016

    Outdoor crafts such as art with fallen leaves and scavenger hunts.

  313. Reply

    Emma Hart

    July 30, 2016

    Definitely get them involved, let them help to fetch water and hammer in tent pegs etc.

  314. Reply

    sandy ralph

    July 30, 2016

    get them involved from the start by helping to put up the tent, get them helping collect wood etc even get them helping to cook so they can enjoy it too and not see it all as chores

  315. Reply

    Clare Munden

    July 30, 2016

    Take baby wipes, they come in handy for everything!

  316. Reply

    June Morrice

    July 30, 2016

    Lots of games in case it rains

  317. Reply

    Ken shuttlewood

    July 30, 2016

    Bring lots of games, but don’t forget to bring a tablet with downloaded cartoons and shows to play when it is raining.

  318. Reply

    Marie Rule

    July 30, 2016

    Play lots of interesting games which get them involved in nature.

  319. Reply

    lia sturman

    July 30, 2016

    take old clothes then they can be binned after they have been used

  320. Reply

    Helen

    July 30, 2016

    Don’t – leave them with grandma

  321. Reply

    olivia Kirby

    July 30, 2016

    I am not sure as I’ve never been with the kids – hoping to change that and win this! I guess having a practice run in Grandma’s garden is a good idea.

  322. Reply

    louise gazeley

    July 30, 2016

    Take some I-Spy kind of books with you everywhere !!

  323. Reply

    richell

    July 30, 2016

    Make sure you have some activities for rainy days and take a little hoover you can plug into car to charge for all those little crumbs – don’t want ants in the tent!

  324. Reply

    Rachel McMillan

    July 30, 2016

    Good family friendly campsite

  325. Reply

    Lauren Tourle

    July 30, 2016

    bring lots of activities such as colouring books, blank paper, pencils, pens. things they can record what they have been doing with 🙂

  326. Reply

    Paul

    July 30, 2016

    Take something warm to wear at night. It gets much colder than you would think when you are sleeping in a tent. There is nothing worse than being cold!

  327. Reply

    Tasha Hamilton

    July 30, 2016

    Bring plenty of things to entertain the whole family, board games are always good

  328. Reply

    sue mcdermott

    July 30, 2016

    get them doing the washing up, it’s an adventure when you’re camping!

  329. Reply

    Dale Dow

    July 30, 2016

    give them as much responsibility as possible, kids love it when they feel they are in control

  330. Reply

    Tanya Vincent

    July 30, 2016

    Bring crocs for them to wear, extra layers for warmth at night… and enjoy!!

  331. Reply

    Adrian Bold

    July 30, 2016

    Lots of games or reading material in case it rains!

  332. Reply

    Jessica Hutton

    July 30, 2016

    Bring lots of games or craft things incase it rains xx

  333. Reply

    Gemma Holland

    July 30, 2016

    Pack plenty of food & drink. All of that fresh air makes for hungry & thirsty kids

  334. Reply

    Eve Burke

    July 30, 2016

    Get them involved in the set up of your tent or take them off to the shops and leave your partner to set up – that’s what I do!!!

  335. Reply

    Rachael Mccadden

    July 30, 2016

    pack stuff to keep them entertained

  336. Reply

    Tressa Herriott

    July 30, 2016

    Wet wipes are your friend but the most important advice would be enjoy yourself and make great memories !!!

  337. Reply

    Andrea Johnson

    July 30, 2016

    Go with some friends who have been before to help out if it’s your first time. Take games you can play that don’t need electricity

  338. Reply

    Robyn Clarke

    July 30, 2016

    Take a few “creature comforts” to make it feel a little more homely.

  339. Reply

    Wendy Collard

    July 31, 2016

    get a second tent and park opposite sides of the field! 😉

  340. Reply

    alice lightning

    July 31, 2016

    make sure they are involved from the beginning and keep themhelping throuout so they feel the enjoyment too have books and thing they can explore the surroundings with to get the nature feel kept going

  341. Reply

    Jill Fairbanks

    July 31, 2016

    Match up some nature books and really get them involved in setting up and finding things around them

  342. Reply

    Diana

    July 31, 2016

    Making sure that there are lots of activities around 🙂

  343. Reply

    Tracy Read

    July 31, 2016

    Choose a campsite with amenities

  344. Reply

    carol boffey

    July 31, 2016

    Find a place with toilets

  345. Reply

    kim wallace

    July 31, 2016

    plenty of games and things to do if the weather is bad

  346. Reply

    emma asante

    July 31, 2016

    extra clothes especially if there is a chance of getting wet and muddy and some good board games 🙂

  347. Reply

    Leslie Evans

    July 31, 2016

    A tent for the children and a tent for the adults.

  348. Reply

    Max yorke

    July 31, 2016

    Take lots of wet wipes and changes of shoes and clothing

  349. Reply

    Susan Ocock

    July 31, 2016

    take plenty of things to do and make sure you camp in a place where they can explore safely

  350. Reply

    Jacqueline Roberts

    July 31, 2016

    Take hats and socks nothing worse than getting cold at night for your kiddies.

  351. Reply

    Mike Gerrie

    July 31, 2016

    Go somewhere where there are plenty of activities for them to tire them out for easier sleeping at bedtime

  352. Reply

    Nancy Bradford

    July 31, 2016

    Do a lot of home baking beforehand and bring lots of snacks in tupperware. Choose a location with the fact that you the more time you spend with your family at the campground, the less money you will have to spend off site looking for things to entertain the kids. For instance, choose a campsite with play areas that relate to your children’s ages, pool, games room, etc. or nature nearby for walks as a family.

  353. Reply

    Juliet Kavanagh

    July 31, 2016

    Lots of wet wipes and plenty to do!

  354. Reply

    jill dean

    July 31, 2016

    It’s a good idea to take a small cricket bat or rounders bat and ball to play team games with, and you can make new friends by inviting other campers to join you if you wish.

  355. Reply

    Heather hawley

    July 31, 2016

    Extra bedding and wellies

  356. Reply

    liz ferguson

    July 31, 2016

    Make sure that the kids sleeping area is comfy, warm and dry with their fluffy pillows, cosy duvets (it can get cool on nights), and lots of fun indoor activities for nights, as they maybe a bit restless, and will benefit from entertainment xx

  357. Reply

    Allan Fullarton

    July 31, 2016

    Always bring marshmallows & Wet wipes.

  358. Reply

    Angela Dowling

    July 31, 2016

    Board games around a camp fire with toasted marshmallows and hot chocolate.

  359. Reply

    Amy Lambert

    July 31, 2016

    Always make sure you pack the night before so you always take everything you need! And always bring some form of entertainment

  360. Reply

    Hayley Todd

    July 31, 2016

    I always make sure we have plenty of wet wipes, plenty of lanterns (both battery and solar) and definitely lots of activities, from colouring and puzzle books incase of wet weather and for the evenings, and hanging around whilst they are waiting for their meals etc, and lots of outdoor fun toys, like all-weather swingball!

  361. Reply

    Cassandra Mayers

    July 31, 2016

    Plan Plan plan, Children dont like to keep still so plan loads of activities.

  362. Reply

    David Crabb

    July 31, 2016

    Make everything fun and tell spooky stories by torchlight at night!

  363. Reply

    Tom Morrison

    July 31, 2016

    Kids get bored easy so make sure you bring plenty of stuff to keep them entertained like colouring books, games and portable telly or dvd player especially if it rains.

  364. Reply

    Dan Lancaster-Holmes

    July 31, 2016

    Get them involved in helping you set up, nothing like the feeling you have accomplished something!

  365. Reply

    suzanna gentle

    July 31, 2016

    Lots of running around, field games etc to tire them out so they aren’t up all night.

  366. Reply

    Laura Pritchard

    July 31, 2016

    Don’t sweat the small stuff, like mud in the tent – you just have to let it go as it’s impossible to fight!

  367. Reply

    Dawn Hull

    July 31, 2016

    Make sure you take some games / colouring in books to keep them amused if the weather isn’t good.

  368. Reply

    Suzanne Brown

    July 31, 2016

    Plenty of games, snacks, books and colouring!

  369. Reply

    Amy Jane Beckett

    July 31, 2016

    Give them role and jobs to help put the tent up

  370. Reply

    Erica Price

    July 31, 2016

    Make sure your beds are comfortable

  371. Reply

    Gem Cook

    July 31, 2016

    When camping for the first time with your kids, make sure you are less then 20 minutes from your home. Our little boy was really freaked by the darkness. Thankfully we were close enough to hop in the car and spend the rest of the night safely in our home.

  372. Reply

    lindsey graty

    July 31, 2016

    Bring lots of outdoor playing games keeps them entertained for hours we take a football, cricket set, swing ball, boules, and a couple of scooters.

  373. Reply

    George Williamson

    July 31, 2016

    Hitch up near to home in the first couple of nights and take plenty of games.

  374. Reply

    Alison

    July 31, 2016

    Take card games and other games and don’t forget your torch

  375. Reply

    Lucy Chester

    July 31, 2016

    We always take games for outside such as footballs, bowling and cricket and then we take cards and board games for when it is raining or for the car journey

  376. Reply

    Sarah Cooper

    July 31, 2016

    Pack handheld fans in case they get too hot.

  377. Reply

    Teresa sheldon

    July 31, 2016

    We get the kids involved in putting up tents, cooking they love it and I would suggest always make sure every child has their own torch near them at night

  378. Reply

    Isabelle Smith

    July 31, 2016

    toys and games from home xx

  379. Reply

    Claire Nelson

    July 31, 2016

    Make sure you have plans for every type of weather.

  380. Reply

    Simone Kilshaw

    July 31, 2016

    keep them active and involved. as much as possible.so many great memories can be made camping and they can learn alot.

  381. Reply

    vicky collins

    July 31, 2016

    My girls love to help me cook especially when we r camping… there favourite for the camp fire is wrapping bananas, chocolate buttons and Marshmallows in foil then serving them with Custard

  382. Reply

    Kelly Ellen Hirst

    July 31, 2016

    Let them take a come comfort with them so they settle down better. A teddy or their regular pillow from home are good ideas

  383. Reply

    Stuart Dunlop

    July 31, 2016

    Always find a site that will keep the kids amused. Like a river, beach or woods.

  384. Reply

    Philip Underwood

    July 31, 2016

    Always pack plenty of treats and marshmallows to eat around a campfire. S’mores are great to make while camping and they keep the kids happy!

  385. Reply

    Laura Nice

    July 31, 2016

    Always plan for rain! Games, clothes etc. Because stuck in a tent with nothing to do while its rain can ruin a holiday unless your prepared

  386. Reply

    jackie rushton

    July 31, 2016

    Prepare a nature hunt with different animals/birds to spot to keep kids engaged

  387. Reply

    John Tunnicliffe

    July 31, 2016

    Practice in the garden first. Take a well stocked first aid kit with paracetamol and blister plasters.

  388. Reply

    Emma

    July 31, 2016

    Plan plenty of activities to prevent boredom setting in

  389. Reply

    Tammy Westrup

    July 31, 2016

    Make sure there are decent toilets and showers. Be prepared with activities for all weathers

  390. Reply

    Claire fawkner

    July 31, 2016

    I find wine helps ????????

  391. Reply

    Herbert Appleby

    July 31, 2016

    be prepared for insects stings and small accidents with plasters, TCP, and insect repelent

  392. Reply

    Jemma

    July 31, 2016

    Colouring books and crayons!! take it back to basics 🙂

  393. Reply

    sallyann Johnston

    July 31, 2016

    A pair of wellies & waterproofs! They can play in the rain they will love it x

  394. Reply

    Tamsin Dean

    July 31, 2016

    bring extra sleeping bags/pillows as kids can get uncomfy/cold at night

  395. Reply

    Zoe Trelfa-porter

    July 31, 2016

    I would recommend being prepared for ever eventually.
    Make sure you have your wellies and waterproofs with you and plenty of baby wipes. Take some outdoor games as well as indoor games as if it’s really raining they can have something to do in the tent X

  396. Reply

    Darren Collins

    July 31, 2016

    Plan ahead weather wise and be prepared for anything and not forgetting fun fun fun

  397. Reply

    Louise Crocker

    July 31, 2016

    Pop your tent close to a loo, if there is one available, if there isn’t, a bucket is a good idea for a midnight loo run.

  398. Reply

    Kirsty Elliott

    July 31, 2016

    Plenty of activities, ball games, etc and activity books

  399. Reply

    Jamie Millard

    July 31, 2016

    makes sure you have enough entertainment – plan for wet weather too

  400. Reply

    stephen smith

    July 31, 2016

    leave them a way to get in the house incase things go wrong

  401. Reply

    Oksana Fitzgerald

    July 31, 2016

    take lots of outside games to play

  402. Reply

    Alisa moore

    July 31, 2016

    Get them involved in setting up the camp

  403. Reply

    Victoria Prince

    July 31, 2016

    Take plenty of “old fashioned” games such as balls, cards..etc to keep them occupied!

  404. Reply

    Michelle Cheeseman

    July 31, 2016

    Take lots of carrier bags to put wet, muddy clothes and shoes in. Take lots of snacks and things to keep the kids busy on a rainy day.

  405. Reply

    George Wright

    July 31, 2016

    Plan lots of activities for wet and dry weather before you go!

  406. Reply

    Lucy Irving

    July 31, 2016

    bring plenty to do

  407. Reply

    Marcel

    February 4, 2018

    This is a great list for any new beginner. Thanks for putting the time in to create it.

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