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Camping with Kids- Arizona Camping Guide

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Summers approaching and the kids are out of school.

Whats the perfect way to get the kids out of the house and stay out of the heat at the same time. 

Take them camping!

Tips for Camping with Kids:

Practice camping at home: If your kids are outdoor newbies, pitch a tent in the backyard or even inside your home. Let them hang out in it and sleep in it so they become comfortable with a new sleeping environment.

Take a trial run: Before your overnighter, try a family day outing at a close-to-home park. Spend a half-day at a park and see how your kids react to the experience.

Take notes: Write down reminders for future trips: "Pack more sunscreen." "Bring long pants." "Leave bongos home."

Involve your kids: Ask kids for ideas of things to do or see at your destination. Take their input seriously. Making the planning of your camping trip an affair!

Make the most of nature: Look for wildlife. Check out bugs. Examine rocks. Identify birds, flowers, clouds, constellations. Lead kids on a rock scramble. Show interest in things that interest them. Bring a field guide to help you identify and learn about the things they find.

Share time together:  Great memories are one of the payoffs of a camping trip. Come home with the sort of stories that can only be created outdoors. Shakespeare must have been camping when he wrote, "One touch of nature makes the whole world kin."

And finally - Be safe!: Your kids should always carry a whistle (teach them to blow it if they become separated from you) and have easy access to a flashlight or headlamp. Attach a lanyard to both the whistle and light and tie them to one of the child's belt loops.

Camping with kidsTricks-

Choosing a place to camp- Avoid depressions where rain might pool. Pitch on flat, well-draining surfaces. Also avoid camping near washes or rivers, especially during monsoon season in Arizona. Flash floods are a major danger and can catch campers off guard and sweep them away in seconds.

MAKE A CAMPFIRE FEEL HOTTER -Hang a space blanket from two trees or trekking poles behind one side of the blaze. It will reflect heat back. Keep the blanket a few feet away from flames to prevent its catching fire.

HAVE A PLAN B- Freak weather can wreak havoc on your family camping trip, especially during monsoon season in Arizona. Research backup options—e.g. trails in a peak’s rain shadow in case of a storm. Also, a few days before your trip, ask rangers about current conditions.

Top 10 spots to camp in Arizona

The team over at Gear Up has also compiled a list of the top ten places to camp this summer in Arizona:

  1. Apache Trout Campground at Big Lake
  2. Christopher Creek
  3. Aspen Campground on the East Fork of the Black River
  4. Aspen Campground at Woods Canyon Lake
  5. Canyon Point Campground
  6. Sinkhole Campground at Willow Springs Lake
  7. Cave Springs on Oak Creek north of Sedona
  8. Mather Campground at the Grand Canyon
  9. Havasupai Campground
  10. Manzanita On Oak Creek


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