Tent camping with kids – it can be done!

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My husband and I loved to camp during our pre-children years of marriage. We knew camping would be more complicated once our family expanded, but we were determined to make it work! It is so easy to slip into the habit of saying, “Well, next year, when they’re older…” and suddenly find yourself ten years later with the tent still in storage.

Our desire is for our kids to never know a time when they haven’t camped. Our goals are threefold:

  • Spend time together as a family, away from the hubbub and busyness of day-to-day life.
  • Learn to appreciate the outdoors and not be afraid of nature.
  • Live a simpler life for a few days, to better appreciate those who live this way all the time.

I’m going to chronicle our journey as we navigate the ups and downs of camping with small children in tow. Since we live in Atlanta, most of our camping is in Georgia state parks. I’m hoping to add guest posts along the way to expand this. We also prefer to camp in tents, and preferably away from the RVs.

I invite you to join me in our adventures along the way!

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2 thoughts on “Tent camping with kids – it can be done!

  1. My husband grew up camping with his family and it was a dream of his to one day buy a camper. His parents let us have their old slide-in a few years back and then we got a really good deal on a fifth wheel. So, it’s definitely more glorified than tent camping, but there are still challenges! I do ALL the packing and it can get very stressful. We like fresh, healthy foods and I basically have to plan all of our meals ahead of time and have some of them already cooked, even though there is a stove. We pack activities for the kids but try to stay away from technology, so when there’s bad weather, it can be VERY boring. Phil seems to think it should still be fun but I have to point out that I’m with my children 24/7, so being cooped up in an even smaller place with them, with nothing to do, isn’t my idea of a good time. 😛 There’s always something we realize we need – hm, no raincoats or umbrellas? Greeeeat! Now that it’s getting warmer we’ll try to camp once a month.

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