You used to enjoy camping as a child. You got to spend so much time outside, meeting new people and toasting marshmallows late at night. However, as you’ve gotten older, the thought of pitching tents, walking across a field in the middle of the night to pee, and eating baked beans for three nights in a row may have put you off camping. Nonetheless, you know your kids would love to go.
So, what are your options? Glamping, or glamorous camping, is the ideal solution. The kids get to enjoy all of the benefits of camping, while you get to enjoy comfortable beds, adequate cooking, and bathroom facilities. If glamping sounds appealing to you.
1. Choose a great location
The first thing you need to decide is where you want to glamp in the Christchurch, Newzealand. After all, you don’t want to drive all the way to your glamping spot only to find out it’s in the middle of nowhere with nothing interesting to do for the kids. Make sure your chosen location has beaches, zoos, water parks, and other attractions that are within a short drive of your glamping site.
2. Pack plenty of clothes
You’ll need a lot of clothes for your glamping trip no matter what time of year it is. The kids will be running around outside pretty much all day, so they’ll get wet, muddy, and dusty. We all know that the British weather can be unpredictable, so make sure you have clothing for all eventualities.
Even the hottest day of the year becomes extremely cold once the sun sets, so start that fire pit and layer up to stay warm if you want to stay outside of your tent after sunset.
3. If you’re going to cook, stick to one pot
Many glamping tents include excellent cooking facilities, allowing you to prepare more than just baked beans on toast. While you should use your wood-burning stove, keep in mind that you are on vacation and should not have to slave over family meals for hours on end.
We recommend sticking to one-pot meals. These tasty, simple meals are ideal for filling up the kids after they’ve been running around all day. Plus, you won’t have to do much cleaning up afterward! Here are 50 delicious and simple recipes to try.
4. Take friends as well as family
Glamping doesn’t have to be just for families; if you’re best friends with the parents of your children’s closest schoolmates, why not invite them along? In the evenings, the kids can keep each other entertained, and you’ll have a friend to share a glass of wine with. You don’t have to stay in the same tent or even participate in the same day-to-day activities, but a shared meal in the evening is a nice thing to look forward to for both you and your children.
5. Enjoy your tent/glamping site
It’s understandable if you don’t feel like going to the beach or into town on certain days. Instead, take advantage of your glampsite’s amenities and relax in your lovely, fully-furnished tent. On a rainy day, you could play Monopoly by the warm stove, or if the sun is shining, you could host a BBQ while the kids play tennis. You’ll want to make the most of your stay in such a lovely tent.
6. Be as creative as possible
Glamping is the ideal setting for experimentation. While you’re out and about in nature, you can let your imagination run wild. Children will enjoy the ability to create their own fun and games. Why not try making a den? With so much access to the great outdoors and secret hiding places, kids can use natural materials to build dens and secret camps. Some parents may enjoy participating as well – let out your inner child for a while!
7. Get back to nature
It is so simple and enjoyable to reconnect with nature while living outside. You can explore the surrounding fields and woodlands from your tent and marvel at the simpler things in life. Allow your children to be inspired by the natural colors and shapes on the ground and in the trees. Show them how to create a nature collage out of all the wonderful things they discover.
8. Learn as you go
Do you recall going on countryside walks with your parents and your father pointing out a particular bird? Visual learning is the most effective method. Use this opportunity to get children interested in the world around them. Young children absorb more information when they can interact with it and see it for themselves. Show them how to identify an oak tree, teach them to recognize the sound of a magpie, and point out bird nests and fox holes while out walking. They’ll learn so much from just one holiday, and it’ll stick with them for a long time. Why not bring a bird book with you so you can go over what you saw that day when you get back to your tent?
9. Keep things simple
You’ve had a busy couple of days, expended a lot of energy, and just want to spend the day relaxing at base camp. That’s fine, and relaxing and taking it easy on vacation with children is just as important as running around and having fun. Allow for some downtime, and if you want to keep young minds busy, show them how to look for shapes in the clouds. Encourage them to draw what they see. Spend relaxing hours admiring the endlessly beautiful sky above your tent. It also comes alive at night with the stars, which shine especially brightly while you’re sitting around your fire in the evenings due to low light pollution.
10. Don’t forget the marshmallows!
Last but not least, marshmallows are essential for a successful glamping trip – after all, that fire pit isn’t just for telling ghost stories or singing songs around. Bring some crackers and chocolate to make s’mores if you’re feeling particularly daring. You can even make your own versions, like these tasty fruit and s’more cones.
Glamping is an excellent way for your children to enjoy the great outdoors while still having all of the creature comforts of home. You don’t have to worry about getting a bad back, packing, putting up and taking down your tent, or walking half a mile in the middle of the night to use the restroom. We guarantee it will be a holiday you and your children will never forget.