So this week I went camping with my children. In Washington. It rains a lot. And by a lot, I mean all the time. We call the month of June Junuary. So after my nightmare of three days in the muddy rain. I decided to make a list of tips for you.
Clothing: be sure to bring lots of extra clothing. We went camping for three days and we ended up bringing five outfits per person. This was not enough. We should have planned on 2-3 outfits per day, per person. It sounds like a lot because it is a lot. But you'll be glad you packed so much when you and your kids are wearing the second pair of dry socks for the day.
Water: Be sure to bring lots of water. In my area a case of bottled water is under three dollars, so buying three cases of water is like insuring survival for under $10. You don't think about how often we use water till it's not there. We wash our hands and scraped knees, rinse our faces and hands off and we cook with it.
Food: no one wanted to eat a bowl of cereal after it had rained for two days straight and it was 40° outside. You should plan and align your food choices with the weather, i.e. hot oatmeal maybe could be as simple as bringing a pot to boil water in and some bowls. For me and my family, it's a sausage, eggs and cheese on the campfire. Mmmm. I just include a cast iron skillet when packing.
Tarps: it rains and rains and it rains and then it rains. Be prepared. When we set up the tent, we decided the rain covering that came with the tent would not keep us dry. It did not. Luckily, we have a lot of towels and we didn't get very wet. Having a tarp under your tent and a tarp on top your tent ensures a perfectly dry camping trip (well, in the tent). It looks a little silly but feels like a million bucks when you are listening to the rain instead of absorbing it!!
First Aid: If it could happen you better be ready for it! (A stick through the leg happens more than you would believe!!) I have a first aid kit that's 1' x 4" x 8" in dimensions. It's in my backpack and allows me to be ready for almost any disaster. I also have an Altoids tin survival kit. I keep Band-Aids, rubbing alcohol wipes, antibacterial gel, rubber gloves, sutures, matches, fishing line and hooks, a shaved candle and a compass in it. There's no excuse not to have a first aid kit with you wherever you go. They fit under the car seat, in the trunk, and the small ones even fit in the door pockets of the car. Having one when you're away from civilized medicine is especially necessary.
So think of these things when you are getting ready for your next camping trip with your kids, and you will have a great time with little to worry about (except the stick in the leg).