As I have often posted we are avid campers. I wanted to mention a couple of tips while I thought of them.
One I have found very helpful with younger kids is trying help them feel at ‘home” both my kids around4 or 5 did not do very well when sleeping in hotel or camping or in new surroundings. My son especially is affected. He loves camping but he can seem out of sorts for a few days. One way that help lesson this- it is not not really home sickness , not sure what to call it. is to have some “sameness” . He is used to our trailer but he still gets out of whack. Each night we watch a half hour or so of a favourite TV show .Right now we are watching Stargate SG-1, which he adores. But it could also just as easily be another show or a book he loves. Anything that helps center him. I also bring his pillow with spider man pillow case.
I also take special care to make sure kids are getting enough to drink- often melt down come from dehydration or hunger.
Clean = Cozy
Now, I am not a clean freak by any means. I don’t enforce “cleaning: or chores our home but I try and keep trailer cozy for everyone. Best way I can do this is help with organizing there stuff so people can find their socks or book easily. A tidy trailer feels more like home and less like chaos.
To keep myself sane, I hunt down and get rid of sand. Sand in the bed is the WORST. A sure fire way for me to not get any sleep is to have have sand or pop tart crumbs in the bed. Constant sweeping is the only way to avoid this. Also a mat in front of tent/trailer and a no shoe in tent/trailer rule. I am not a rule person but I am MISERABLE if there is gritty sand in my bed. A dustbuster is a must have as far as I am concerned. We usually have electrical on our sites but if not a charge last a LONG time. If by change crumbs,SAND and other stuff funds it way into sleeping bags and bed then a Dustbuster works like charm.
Familiar and EASY foods. I did mention pop tarts which are not something i would normally buy. I also keep on hand food that we are familiar with. A steady diet of marshmallows, Fruit Loops, chips and Kool-Aid can take its toll. I do find having fruit ( if you can’t find or store fresh than try canned) .
Do you have any camping with kids tips? Would love to hear them!