If you are reading this, you are probably living in the big smoke and keen to take the kids camping. No stars for working that out!
But you might be hankering to get down to the local camping store, or check them out online, and load up on stuff in case they sell out or the sales end.
But before you do, you need to read this.
Because hands up who has ever had buyers regret? Yes, my hand is well and truly up!
Buying camping gear without a plan is like building a cubbyhouse or a shed without one. You could do it if you knew a bit about carpentry, or in our case camping with kids, but it would most likely still be done quicker and with less wastage if planned out.
So, it's great you are here, and ready to learn the five things that will make camping for urban families easy before you spend your hard earned money.
Because here's how you can swap your urban surrounds for the great outdoors and take the kids camping, any time you liked, even with just 1 hour notice, to explore, to learn and to just be kids?
Not only that, here's how you can camp comfortably, travel safely, and have as much fun as most other camping families out there?
And especially, here's how you can do all of this without the need for the trailers, camper trailers, caravans, RVs or enormous cars that most camping families use nowadays?
Without all of the trial and error and frustration that goes with camping for newbies as well?
If that sounds appealing, then you are in the right place.
Because, as most of us know, camping is so good for you and your family on many levels - self confidence, resilience, the hip pocket, mental and physical health, and reflection, just to name a few.
But, for the city slickers amongst us (me included), there's one thing that gets in our way. And that is space, or lack of it, and the logistics around that.
It's hard enough if you are a busy parent to actually take the kids camping if you don't have the know how, the confidence and the right equipment. For many, that in itself can be a giant leap, especially if as well as that you've never camped before and perhaps haven't even grown up in a camping culture.
Add to that the logistics of urban life, and those challenges are perpetuated.
In this article, we will look at why urban families are very much under-represented at campgrounds compared to those living in suburban and rural areas.
I will also give you our top five tips to camping for families living in high density areas to put you on an equal footing with other families. In fact, when all is said and done, I think you will agree you will be way out in front on many levels.
I will focus on apartment living families in this article, but the principles apply equally to any family living in a smaller home, including units, flats, townhouses and terrace houses.
I will give you tips to help you DIY everything we cover in this article. But I will also reference our Camping Kickstart Program for those of you who want to avoid all of the trial and error with a tried and tested solution.
This program covers everything you need to know about camping trailer free, from the planning process right through to your return home.