Last weekend we stayed in a yurt at South Penquite Farm, we had an awesome time, even if it did rain a bit – it was the kind of break where that kind of thing doesn’t matter. I love glamping with kids, it’s such a fun way for them to enjoy the outdoors without me being under the pressure of having to deal with the tent or taking loads of gear with us. Glamping doesn’t always mean that everything you’ll need will be provided so Millets asked me if I would share my essential list of what to take glamping with kids as part of their #homefromhome campaign. I think we’ve pretty much got our glamping essentials nailed but I’d love to know what else you’d add!
What to take Glamping with Kids
Two extra changes of clothes – yes, you will pack trousers, shorts, tshirts, hoodies and 12 pairs of socks anyway but pack extra. Honestly.
Indoor games – perfect for if the weather is less than awesome or just if you want a bit of chill out time, look for smaller travel versions of games which won’t take up as much room in your bag.
Outdoor games – cricket, boules, frisbee, catch. Take a couple of things you know your kids love and try to slip something new in too – my kids loved learning how to play Badminton this weekend!
Sleeping bags – Our old sleeping bags had given up so we were all really excited to try out new sleeping bags from Millets with the kids trying out the Eurohike Adventure Youth 200 sleeping bags and the husband and me trying out the Eurohike Down 500 Mummy sleeping bag. Apart from the fact that having a good sleeping bag like these keeps you nice and warm all night the sleeping bags helped add to the kids sense of adventure, the kids loved playing in them! I loved the mummy shape and the fact that they kept your head warm during the nights.
Marshmallows – we took the biggest (for which you can read, overpriced) marshmallows I’ve ever seen but they were totally worth it. Roast them over a campfire or make s’mores with two chocolate digestives. A childhood essentail!
Kids books – kids bedtime routines can go up the wall a bit when your camping or glamping so a tried an tested bedtime story is a great way to get them ready for going to sleep.
Mobile phone charger – generally I love being off grid and away from emails and the internet but this weekend? Well when your car breaks down on Bodmin Moor and you realise there’s no charge on your phone you really get to appreciate having a phone charger! I charged this one from Varta up for about 45 minutes before we left our house and it charged both mine and my husbands phones sufficiently, I’ll never go glamping again without it!
Tons of snacks – we all seem much hungrier when we spend more time out doors so multitudes snacks are possibly my main tip for what to take glamping with kids!
Sun Screen – when the sun comes out you don’t want to be stuck in a field with no sun cream for you and the kids. Always pop a bottle in your bag just in case.
Lantern – fun for kids, lanterns make your glamping holiday feel a little more perfect and they’re also very handy for night time toilet trips with kids!
Disclosure – We were sent camping bags and some glamping essentials by Millets to review, all opinions remain our own.