Camping educates your children about nature which is beneficial for their learning process of the environment.
Try setting up a tent in the back yard and sleep outdoors for the night. Your child can experience their first camping adventure in the security of their backyard. Let your toddler pack a knapsack with flashlights, sleeping bags, and snacks. Enjoy the stars before bed and wake up outside!
When you feel comfortable, take your kids camping at a national park or in various camping sites such as The Pinery, Sandbanks Provincial Park or Sibbald Point.
Here is a good starting list for your camping needs with the little ones:
No need to explain the necessity of sunscreen and bug spray, but also remember baby wipes, with or without a facility bathroom, they always come in handy.
If you are camping near a lake, be sure to bring some swim shoes for the rocky, seaweed waters, they are also nice for shared showers on a park site.
For more comfort, especially for your little ones, bring an air mattress, so the uneven ground won’t keep your little ones tossing in their sleep.
Remember, wildlife is close at hand, keep food in the car when you are finished or hang it up in a tall tree if you’re backwoods camping, to steer away rummaging raccoons or possible bears.
And last but not least, pack plenty of batteries for flashlights and fully charge all electrical devices, in case your campsite has no electric outlets. Keep the iPads close at hand for the drive there and back, break times at the lake, and before bed after a few s’mores.