Sleeping out in the wilderness in a tent or camper may seem a little bit intimidating with
children but it doesn’t have to be. Kids love to be outside and camping is a part of
growing up. If you really don’t think that camping out in the woods is for you, pitch a
tent in your backyard instead. With the exception of a campfire you can do all of the
other camp activities and crafts.
Some tips to ease any fears that your children may have about going camping:
* Bring a flash light for each child and let them use it as much as they want (bring
extra batteries too).
* If the children are younger and are having difficulties going to sleep drive slowing
around the campground and transfer them to their sleeping bag once they are
* Playing soothing music or a lullaby disc will help to mask the sounds the forest
makes at night time that can be scary to a child that is not used to it.
* Bring their pillow and any other comfort item they like to go to sleep with (a
stuffed animal or favorite blanket).
Let the children create their own memory jar from the camping trip or buy them their
own disposable camera. Have them photograph the camping trip and once the film is
developed let them make a book to write down all the memories that go with the pictures.
Bring along all the families favorite board and card games to play during some down
time too. Even if you do decide to camp in your backyard make it a time when there is
no TV, telephones or other electronic games. A great way to ensure quality family time
is created without the distractions from the outside world.
The Climate of the Philippines is either tropical rainforest, tropical savanna or tropical monsoon, or humid subtropical (in higher-altitude areas) characterized by relatively high temperature, oppressive humidity and plenty of rainfall. There are two seasons in the country, the wet season and the dry season, based upon the amount of rainfall. This is dependent as well on your location in the country as some areas experience rain all throughout the year.
Based on temperature, the seven warmest months of the year are:
- from March to October; the winter monsoon brings cooler air
- from November to February
- May is the warmest month
- January, the coolest
There are four recognized climate types in the Philippines, and they are based on the distribution of rainfall (See the Philippine Climate Map). They are described as follows:
Type I. Two pronounced season: dry from November to April and wet during the rest of the year.
Type II. No dry season with a pronounced rainfall from November to January.
Type III. Seasons are not very pronounced, relatively dry from November to April, and wet during the rest of the year.
Type IV. Rainfall is more or less evenly distributed throughout the year.
Relative humidity is high in the Philippines. A high amount of moisture or vapor in the air makes hot temperatures feel hotter. This quantity of moisture is due to different factors - the extraordinary evaporation from the seas that surrounds the country on all sides, to the different prevailing winds in the different seasons of the year, and finally, to the abundant rains so common in a tropical country. The first may be considered as general causes of the great humidity, which is generally observed in all the islands throughout the year. The last two may influence the different degree of humidity for the different months of the year and for the different regions of the Archipelago.