Times are rough, and financial hardships may cause some families to second-guess that vacation — especially if they have the added expense and inconvenience of having toddlers in tow. The good news is that there are plenty of inexpensive options for getting out of the house, taking a much-needed step back from work, and enjoying the great outdoors. Camping is a cheap and convenient way to relax, and — contrary to popular belief — it can easily be toddler-friendly. Here are some basic steps for planning a toddler- and budget-friendly camping trip:
Take It Step-By-Step
Gradually introduce young tots to camping by picking up an RV for rent — or starting off excursions in small campers. Babies and toddlers will behave best if you slowly acclimate them to the ins and outs of camping. Rental campers, RV loans, or popup campers keep a guaranteed roof over your head — and keep young kids up off the ground. This is good practice for your first couple of trips. Don’t dive right in. Introducing kids to sleeping on the ground — or in a tent in the rain — on your first camping venture will not go over well.
Don’t Forget A Portable Play Area
A portable and contained play area, such as a Pack n’ Play is essential — especially for infants and new toddlers. “Take a pack n’ play. Otherwise it’s just dirt – they’re eating dirt, sniffing dirt up their noses,” mother Lori Schilling-Davis tells The Travel Channel. Keeping young children where you can easily watch them will make the trip more enjoyable for you, too. Some especially cozy models may even double as a sleeping bag or bed, Schilling-Davis adds.
Remember Safety Basics
Finally, The Travel Channel advises parents to remember when their children (especially babies and toddlers!) are safest — within their parents’ sight. Always keep toddlers in your line of vision. Camp counselors remind parents not to leave children unattended, even if it’s just for a minute.
Plan an affordable vacation for all members of the family. Carefully introduce toddlers to to camping with a comfortable and convenient RV for rent, and don’t forget to pack a contained play area to keep children safe and supervised.
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