When's the last time you slept in a tent with a child? The laughter and smiles are contagious. Sleeping under the stars can renew your sense of adventure and remind you that you are capable of great things.
When the leaves start turning, berries ripen and the landscape becomes something very different than you have seen for the previous several months. It can be a great time to break out the camping gear, and get out there and have fun.
Fall camping can be full of new opportunities and lessons. It's a great time for outdoor adventure with your kids. Unlike mid-summer, fall nights bring cooler temperatures, and darkness. Pretty soon, you'll find that you need headlamps outdoors in the evening. With our kid's headlamp selection from Petzl, and our our great tent LED lanterns from Ace Camp and UCO, you can be assured your camp will be warm and comfortable for the whole family.
Our family enjoys these late in the year adventures, as it's the season of bounty in the north. Fresh vegetables are harvested from the garden and greenhouse, and wild blueberries, cranberries, and wild game fill up the remaining space in the freezer.
To assure a great fall camping trip, kids will need more layers, and warmer options for sleeping. Your child's summer sleeping bag will generally work fine, though consider having your child wear , and a hoodie to bed. For really chilly nights, have your child wear a fleece hat with a chin strap. Adults can easily duck into their sleeping bag when it's cool, but kids don't generally have that same reaction. It's important kids have a great fitting hat that will stay on all night.
During the day, whether hiking or enjoying the landscape around camp, great outdoor kids gear includes hiking boots, backpacks, and fun camping accessories. When youth have comfortable packs like Deuter's Fox 40 or the Climber, they will suprise you with their ability to "hold their own" on hikes. With their very own outdoors toys like survival kits and multi-tools, kids have more fun learning how to navigate the outdoors. When they discover something new, it's great to see their pride and enjoyment.
Fall camping with kids can be a great way to end a fabulous summer. Family time around a campfire is simple, raw and memorable. Don't forget the s'mores ingredients (and a way to clean marshmallow off faces and fingers) and cocoa for that extra warmth.
Don't be afraid to take the kids! You won't regret it. Tuff Kids Outdoors is there for you.