Tips for Easy Bedtimes for Camping Kids
Allow your kids to help setup their beds (inflatable mattresses, sleeping bags, pillows, etc…). Kids love helping out and feeling independent. We also allow our kids to have small flashlights by their beds, in case they need to get up in the night.
Our kids also look forward to deflating the mattresses before we go home. We pull the plug and the kids lay down on the mattresses and the beds deflate around them. It’s a fun time!
Bedtime is easier when the kids are tired. Having a fun, active day while camping helps the kids sleep better at night. So bust out the bikes, take them for a swim and just let them have some time to play.
Sleep in a tent. What could be more fun than a tent? Tent camping has fun built right in for the kids.
Have a night time routine. Not everyone likes a routine while camping. We have a loose routine at night. After dinner, we spend time around the campfire making s’mores and talking and laughing with our kids. Basically, we hop them up on sugar, but they do have to sit down to make the s’mores. This really signals the end of the day.
Have a fun ending for your day. Ours is a shadow show. Camping kids love a shadow show. Of course, it’s a traditional camping game. When we tell our kids it is time for bed, they are eager to go into the tent because they know we will have a short shadow show before we go to sleep. Armed with headlamps, flashlights and a little imagination, they try to make the most unique shadow . The competition is fierce…but fun. It’s a great way to end the day.
And then it’s lights out. If only bedtime at home could be so easy.
I’ll see ya by the campfire.
For more information about bedtime with kids while camping, see my blog post Camping with Toddlers- Don’t Forget the Pack ‘n Play. Or check out these blogs with articles about sleeping at the campsite:
Does your family have bedtime games such as a shadow show or do you tell stories before you go to sleep while at the campsite? How do you make bedtime easy while camping?