Grand Times and Campfires: The Joy of Gramping Holidays

Category: Inspiration, News, Date: 13 December 2023

Guess what time it is? Yep, school’s out, the sun’s shining, and it’s the perfect moment to pack up and enjoy the great outdoors with the family!

But, I get it. Balancing work and kids’ holidays can be a juggle, especially when you’re dreaming of a camping trip. So, what’s the trick? How about shaking things up with ‘Gramping’ this holiday?

“Gramping? What’s that?”

Picture this: your kids and their grandparents, bonding over a camping adventure. Gramping is all about creating those priceless moments between grandkids and grandparents, away from home routines. It’s more than just babysitting; it’s about deepening family ties surrounded by nature.

Imagine sharing stories, playing games, and embracing a healthier lifestyle outdoors. In Australia, camping is almost a tradition, and what better way to pass this love for nature to the next generation?

But you might wonder, what can a five-year-old and a seventy-year-old do together that’s fun for both? And can mum and dad join in too? Here are some tips for the ultimate Gramping experience:

  1. Gear Up Right Just like any camping trip, make sure you’ve packed everything – think food, clothes, toiletries, meds, and a first-aid kit. A checklist is your best friend here. And remember, a tent might be nostalgic, but an RV or campervan can be a game-changer, especially for the grandparents.
  2. Start Small A short, nearby trip is perfect for a first-time Gramping adventure. It’s less overwhelming for everyone and sets the stage for future trips.
  3. Choose the Perfect Spot Do your homework when picking your Gramping location. Check for essential amenities like power and clean water. Think about bathroom access – crucial for both the young and the old. If you’re in an RV or caravan, you have more freedom to go off-grid.
  4. Plan Fun Activities Once you’re there, balance fun activities with downtime. This helps the grandparents keep up without getting too tired. Board games, bin-cricket, morning hikes, or card games are great. And don’t forget the classic campfire evenings – perfect for storytelling and marshmallow toasting.
  5. Visits from Mum and Dad With everything set up, parents can pop in for the day, even if they can’t get away for the whole trip. It’s a win-win!

And here’s something cool: according to the Real Richness Australia Health and Wellness report, 71% of campers with grandkids felt closer after their trip.

So why not step out of your comfort zone and try Gramping? You might just love it!

For more camping and caravanning insights, check out our site. Let’s make these holidays unforgettable!

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