The Basics of Camping with Children

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Whether it’s a campground, school camp, or Christian camp, there are a number of options when it comes to camping with your children – providing you with a cost-effective and fun way to spend time together as a family. However, you’ll need to do your research before you set out on your travels. Here are some of the basics that you need to know when camping with children in New Zealand.

1. Be prepared

A good camping trip always requires a little bit of research – especially when you’re taking your children with you. You should make sure you prepare for all weathers, and always check the local forecast before you go. A good tip is to have a “trial camp” in your back garden before you set off – especially if your children have never been camping before. You’ll be able to set up a tent in the back garden and try it out for size. If your children enjoy themselves, planning a camping trip for a weekend – or longer – could be a good idea for your next holiday.

2. Packing

Create a checklist before you go with everything that you will need for your trip. This will include the basics, like a good, sturdy tent that will provide you and your children with the shelter you need during your stay. You’ll also want to pack a wide range of clothing in the event that the weather suddenly changes. Even if the forecast predicts wall-to-wall sunshine, taking a coat for your children will come in handy. Other items on your checklist might include outdoor chairs and beanbags as well as puzzles, games and books to keep your children entertained.

Your children might not like the idea of being away from electronic devices such as TVs and computers for the duration of their stay, but they will soon learn to appreciate the great outdoors. You will also need to take adequate cooking equipment so you can prepare hot meals, such as a travel stove. If you don’t have access to a fridge, you might have to rely on canned foods, but there should be a shop nearby where you’ll be able to purchase fresh produce.

3. Choosing a campground

Campgrounds come in all shapes and sizes in New Zealand, but you’ll want to pick one that’s right for your children. Kids camps provide your children with the opportunity to spend a week or two with other kids their age, as do Christian camps. Wherever you decide to set up your tent, make sure there are plenty of facilities, including showers with warm water and security. The campsite should be family friendly, so try not to choose a site that caters to a younger, noisier crowd.

Looking for a family-friendly holiday camp in Wellington?

El Rancho – situated in Waikanae, Kapiti Coast, is Wellington’s trusted camping venue for school and family holiday camps. Whatever your budget, you will be able to relax, unwind, and spend time with your family. Need some more information? Head over to to view their facilities and make a booking.


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