This post has been sponsored by Pfizer Consumer Healthcare. All thoughts and reviews are my own.
This will come as no surprise - but growing up I did not often get to go camping. When you live in total paradise, it seems silly to vacation anywhere but your own back yard. But with today's world of technology and information being thrown at us at an all time pace, it is more and more appealing to take some time to unplug and get back to nature - even if for only a day or two. Recently I had the chance to team up with Pfizer Consumer Healthcare to talk about Summer Travel and how to help keep your little ones feeling their absolute best while vacationing. Whether you are a pro at camping or this is your first trip - here are some "must haves" that will make your camping trip the most fun possible!
More Clothes Than You Think You Will Need.
It is Summertime - which means two things - #1 it is going to be crazy hot and #2 - there is a good chance you will get caught in the rain. Since the woods does not come equipped with an automatic dryer, you want to make sure that you have fresh, clean clothes to change into often. And while it may be crazy hot, make sure to take at least one long sleeve shirt for everyone, so that if one does get wet, they do not also get chilled!
More Food Than You Think You Will Need.
There is something about getting back to nature that makes you feel a bit like an animal... wandering the forest in search of food. Since it is hot you will find yourself more "grazing" than sitting down for three square meals, so make sure to pack a lot of snacks. Fruits, nuts, granola bars, and other ready-made healthy snacks will help keep you and your family satisfied without filling up on sugar. Plus with all of the calories, you will be burning while hiking, swimming, and exploring, you can eat with no guilt! It IS vacation after all!
Board Games, Cards, Dice, etc.
Camping is wonderful and relaxing... and can get incredibly boring. Now, before you object, just bear with me. There will be parts of the day that may be too hot to explore, to rainy to hike, and the whole thing about "wait 30 minutes after you eat" is important when you are out in the wilderness! Taking a few games for those times will not only help to pass the time, but will encourage family togetherness - something most families are not getting enough of these days. Even older kids will have fun
Flashlights and Night Lights.
Your home may be dark at night, but there is nothing like middle-of-nowhere-wilderness-dark. Even grown adults can get spooked in that level of darkness - much less children. I suggest taking a small arsenal of lights and flashlights as well as plenty of batteries. Whether you need them for navigating in the dark, checking to see what made a noise, or even sitting up telling good old fashioned ghost stories, flashlights are a must have for any camping trip.
First Aid Kit with Pfizer Consumer Healthcare.
Camping puts you out into the wilderness and exposes you and your kids to different things - some of which you may find your body isn't too crazy about. There is nothing worse than being out in the middle of nowhere and having to search for a store or suffer through feeling puny. Pfizer Consumer Healthcare has you covered with the meds you need just in case "sick gets real" while you are away. Children's Advil® Suspension, Grape (ages 2-11) Children’s Robitussin ® Extended-Release 12 Hour Cough Relief (ages 4+) and Children’s Dimetapp® Multi-Symptom Cold Relief Dye-Free (ages 6+) are three simple products you can keep on hand to tackle the ickiest of symptoms while you are away.