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Parent's Guide to Hiking & Camping

A Trailside Guide
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FAMILY ISSUES
Single Parent Camping
Alternative Lifestyle
Camping
Missing School
TIPS and TRICKS
camping with kids
Tips for camping with babies
Tips for camping with toddlers
Tips for camping with Pre-schoolers
Tips for 6 - 8 year olds
Tips for camping with 9 - 12 year olds
Tips for camping with teens
Tips for Parents
HELPFUL SUGGESTIONS
Babies first Trip
Healthy Dogs
Family Reunions
Hiking with Kids
Drinking Water
Avoiding campground theft
Holiday Camping
Seasonal Camping
Camp Bathrooming
First Aid
Water Safety
Altitude Camping
Campground Pollution
Tips for Parents

Don't expect to make a whirlwind trip -  Your children may not enjoy seeing five parks in four days. Most young children will remember a great spot with good dirt for digging in - not many different famous monuments. Older kids will enjoy meeting other kids and moving from spot to spot will not encourage friendships.

Camping involves car travel - The more time you spend in the car with your child, the less you will enjoy your trip. A long car trip is frustrating for a pre-teen and impossible for a young child. A long initial trip is bearable - but if you plan on getting back in the car every day - be prepared for a long unpleasant trip.

This is your vacation - Don't make this a trip just for the kids. There can be a happy medium.

Choose a good place - Research the recreation area well and avoid complications later on. If you have young children, pick a place that you will be able to supervise kids with a limited amount of effort.

Entertaining children between eight and twelve - Many parks (state and federal) offer a junior ranger program. Some of these programs will actually get the kids out of your hair for an hour or so, and others will require your childrens attention. Either way - these programs will educate and entertain the kids for quite a while.

Don't bring a pet - An animal can require a great deal of attention on a camping trip. Cats run away and dogs can be a nuisance. Dogs are big offenders in trail maintenance and are not allowed on most trails. Many people leave dogs in their camping site on a trip - not realizing that their dog is whining and barking the whole time they are away. Dogs may chase wildlife - and animals that run through poison oak or ivy will transmit it to anyone who touches the animal. Some dogs are well behaved campground members - but don't take along an animal if you already have children to care for. The kids may miss the dog - but who has to take care of it? A neighbor or a kennel may be the best choice.

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