Parenting

A Single Parent Guide

We all know that families love camping, especially here in Australia, yet it isn’t only families that are into camping. Indeed, many single parents love nothing more than to head off into the wilderness for a few days, exposing their children to the wonders of nature. Of course, if you are planning to go camping with your kids and you don’t have a partner, you will need to prepare accordingly, and with that in mind, here are a few tips to ensure your adventure is a great experience.

Sourcing a tent

If you are planning to invest in a tent, it is important to choose a unit that one person can erect. If you are the parent of a single child, a regular-sized tent (for 2 people) would suffice, especially if your son/daughter likes to sleep with mum. The best place to buy quality tents is from the online supplier; a small family tent is certainly large enough for an adult and a child; the great thing about online shopping is you can shop at your own pace and don’t forget to check out online reviews, which are a good reflection of the quality.

Trailer tents

A trailer tent might be the best solution for a single parent, as the tent is so much easier to erect, as the base is already built. Put down the stabiliser legs and in a couple of minutes, the tent is up! If you would like to view an impressive range of trailer tents, Google is your best friend and there are units to suit every budget; a small unit would be large enough for one adult and one child.

Choosing a campsite

As a single parent, you ideally want to stay at a campsite with all the amenities, plus a safe place where kids can play.

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Once again, Google is your best friend and regardless of where you plan to go, there will be a family-friendly campsite and you can probably book online.

Safety

Of course, if you are planning a camping trip and you are a single parent, there is much to consider; if your child is old enough, they can certainly help you in many ways; younger children require constant monitoring and you should never leave a young child unsupervised, not even for a minute.

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Many single parent mums go camping with a friend who is also a single mum, which is a great idea because two adults can share the responsibility. It is natural for single parents to form groups to give each other morale support and if you have a close friend, why not invite her along? Even if she is not a parent, having a friend with you definitely helps.

Camping is an inexpensive way to take a holiday and just because you are a single parent that shouldn’t mean that you and your kids can’t enjoy some time away.

Brantley Jackson, dad and writer at 'Not in the Kitchen Anymore' is well-known in the parenting world. He writes about his experiences of raising children and provides advice to other fathers. His articles are widely praised for being real and relatable. As well as being an author, he is a full-time dad and loves spending time with his family. His devotion to his kids and love of writing drives him to motivate others.