We had a wonderful 3 days of tramping and staying in huts over the holidays and I’ve had a lot of questions about HOW to make it work.
Someone else asked me that they didn’t know what age to start doing things like this.
While we were actually tramping an older man in one of the huts wanted to know how come our kids were so excited about tramping when his own grandchildren weren’t, no matter how much they were pushed into it.
My biggest thing about camping, or tramping with kids, or even just pushing them outside their comfort zones, is that YOU NEED TO MAKE IT SUCCESSFUL.
It’s a simple concept, but very profound. If you want kids to enjoy the experience, then it needs to be successful.
- This time around we went with another family, which made it successful for BOTH families as they had other kids to bounce off.
- We took lots of yummy food, and had lots of snack breaks.
- We didn’t try and do too much on any day – allow for lots of play stops.
- We took writing utensils, had a scavenger hunt, and taught the kids card games, and magic tricks.
- We ate dinner early and put the kids to bed before other trampers in the huts were preparing for bed, by the time people were rustling around, the kids were asleep.
There are many small little tips and tricks, that with just a little bit of forethought and organisation can make potentially stressful situations a lot more relaxing.