With summer here, camping season is officially upon us! Camping is a great way to get outdoors and spend some time appreciating nature and do some always needed exploring. From National Parks and local forests to exotic camping sites with mountains and lakes, there are so many ways to make camping a fun and memorable experience.

Now there are some adventurous couples who believe that their camping and “roughing it” days are over after they have a few kids. That’s just not true! There are plenty of ways to make camping fun and little-explorer friendly.

We wanted to help you make your next camping excursion with your little one as kid-friendly as possible, so we put together the three things every parent should do to make the camping and adventuring experience accessible and enjoyable for kids.

  1. Make the campsite kid-friendly

When it comes to camping, the campsites can sometimes be not super ideal for little ones, especially if they are crawling. Consider adding some foam floor tiles to your child’s designated sleeping spot. This will mean that they won’t step on or crawl on hard rocks or sticks that poke through the tent floor. You might also want to consider some portable bunk cots if you have more than one junior explorer. Not only will this keep them off the ground, it will give them a unique and special sleeping experience that they will love!

  1. Make the food fun

Camping food when you are a single adult or an adult couple is much different than when you have kids to feed. Gone are the days or subsisting off of a granola bar and some beef jerky. Look up easy and kid-friendly recipes that work for the campground. We have a few personal favorites including Walking Tacos, Campfire Monkey Bread, and the always classic hot dog roasted on a stick.

The more familiar and fun the food is, the more at home the kids will feel. Keeping the kids well-fed and entertained while making their food ensures full tummies and an easy bedtime.

3. Plan the day accordingly

This is by far one of the most important things to remember when you take your kids camping. You have to consider the fact that they might not be able to hike as far as you can. They might need to take a mid-afternoon nap or take a morning break. Work these into your day so you can make the most of your time camping.

After all, the last thing you want is to get halfway down the trailhead and have your son or daughter get tired and cranky because they missed their naptime. The more you can work around your kids’ natural schedules, the better.

Camping with kids can be a rewarding and amazing experience. From sharing hikes and food to getting them to love exploring and adventuring as much as you do, camping is a fantastic way to bring your family closer. Just make sure that you follow these three simple things to make the whole experience more kid-friendly and enjoyable for everyone.