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When camping with teenagers, there are a lot of factors to take into account. Setting expectations from the start can help ensure their safety and enjoyment while still having an enjoyable trip.

At this stage of their lives, your kids are discovering who they are and what they want to accomplish in the world. Camping is an ideal opportunity for them to explore their identities and develop a sense of independence that will ultimately aid in developing into adults who are independent, self-reliant, and responsible.

Establish Expectations Before the Trip

Let them know the ground rules and especially any campground policies such as curfew and quiet time at night. This is also an excellent opportunity for your teen to unplug, so limit computer and phone use, or better yet, leave electronics at home altogether!

Select a campsite with activities and amenities the kids will enjoy so they’re less likely to become bored during the trip. It also helps them feel more involved in the experience and allows you both to get more out of it.

Enjoy the Fresh Air

Plan ahead for hikes, including places your teens can explore natural features such as caves, arches, bridges and streams. Even if they don’t particularly enjoy hiking themselves, planning ahead helps them maximize the experience.

Bring them Along when Shopping for Gear

Bring them shopping for their own camping gear – it’s an excellent way to get them involved in the process and it can be a big help when packing and preparing for your trip!

Teaching your teen how to set up their tent is a valuable experience they’ll enjoy and remember. Plus, it’s something they can use for future trips – so make sure they understand the steps involved before heading off on your next family camping adventure!

Don’t wait for them to learn the fundamentals of survival – like how to build a fire without matches, use a compass, and navigate using a map. These lessons will serve them well throughout their lives.

Get them Involved in Planning

Create a checklist for the camping trip (and double-check it before leaving) to ensure everyone has everything they need and to stay organized throughout the journey. This will help ensure a stress-free trip for everyone.

Encourage them to assist with packing and setting up their tent, sleeping bags, and camp lights. This is an activity they will look forward to every year and it leaves them feeling responsible and proud of their accomplishments.

During the Trip

Have your teens make S’mores at the campfire. This is an excellent activity to help strengthen relationships between them while creating lasting memories.

Make the camping trip even more memorable by allowing them to bring along their well-behaved friends! Most teens worry about missing their friends, so having them along is the ideal solution. Not only will it give them a chance to bond with those closest to them, but it also allows them to meet new people and explore new activities together.

Limit their phone use – this can be challenging, but it’s an essential part of the camping experience. While you have control over how much restriction to give them, keeping kids off their phones entirely is one of the best ways to keep them engaged in the outdoors.

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