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Family Camping

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Are you loading up the car and heading on the Stena to France? Or are you taking a trip down to Wexford? Family camping is great fun, but can take a bit of planning to make sure it all goes smoothly and everyone is happy. We’ve gathered some advice based on years of camping experience.

  • Turn cooking into a family activity. Prep veggies and and let everyone make their own foil pocket filled with whatever they fancy. Seal them up and throw them on the BBQ.
  • Teach them good habits- remind them to Leave No Trace – dispose of rubbish and fires responsibly, not to pick flowers.
  • No one likes itchy insect bites while camping. Keep the bugs away with sprays, smidge, mosquito bands, nosilife treated clothing, sage, rosemary and citronella.
  • This one is for camping in Ireland especially. Don’t let the rain stop you. Bring raincoats and wellies and be prepared to get outside. But at the same time, do have a rainy day plan. Know where the nearest indoor pool or museum is just in case the rain does get too heavy and you feel cabin fever setting in.
  • Going camping doesn’t mean skipping your daily routine. Set up a shower station with a bottle and shower head attachment. It’s a great way to cool the kids down.
  • Seek shade. Pop up sun shelter or kids tent for the younger ones to play in. Or get crafty and create your own shade with a tarp and some paracord.
  • Make night time trips to the toilet less spooky by giving them a glow stick to wear around their neck. It also means you’re less likely to lose the kids in the dark.
  • Obviously Great Outdoors has all the family camping equipment you could ever want, but don’t be afraid to DIY stuff. You can make a lantern out of a head torch and bottle of water. Or, you could buy the lantern


And of course, you are always welcome to come in to Great Outdoors on Chatham Street and ask our team for more tips and advice on family camping.

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