Next week we are going camping for the first time as a family. I always loved camping but taking the kids is something else and o tell you the truth I’m a bit nervous. The main worry is: will they sleep? We are going to a camp site close to home so if it all goes wrong we can come home. However I would really like camping to be a success!

ready bed

The first priority is getting everyone good coats – it is British Summertime after all which means be prepared for rain. So I’ve bought a parka for me and pack-a-macks for the girls as well as boots of course.  We have a large tent bought at the end of the Summer last year but never used. We also have ready beds for the girls to sleep in. These were presents for the twins’ birthday and they were very pleased with them. Hopefully this will translate into a brilliant night sleeping.

ready bed

We have also started to read a selection of books about camping to get the girls used to the idea of sleeping outside.

How to prepare for a first camping trip.

Picture Books about Camping

Camping Out by Heather Amery and Stephen Cartwright

Spot’s Camping Trip by Eric Carle

Curious George Goes Camping by Margret Rey

Maisy Goes Camping by Lucy Cousins

Topsy and Tim Go Camping by Jean and Garath Adamson

Mr Bear’s Holiday by Debi Gliori

Charlie and Lola But Where Completely Are We

Chapter Books about Camping

Five Go Off to Camp by Enid Blyton

Horrid Henry’s Holiday by Tony Ross

Katie Goes Camping by Fran Manushkin

ready bed

The girls always play at camping. They love making a teepee in the garden.

homemade tepee

So I guess we are prepared. Hang on a minute, we might need food…

Any seasoned campers got any good tips for a newbie?