Camping with kids can create so many positive memories, but it can also be a little nerve-wracking. Below are some camping hacks to make camping with your kids easier! Don’t be scared to get out and enjoy nature with your kids, if you plan and go prepared, the whole family will enjoy it!
Camping Hacks to Make Camping With Kids Easier
You can create so many amazing memories that will last a lifetime on camping trips! It is a perfect way to unplug from the busy world we live in, and have family time! Below are ideas on what to bring when camping with children. I hope that these ideas help make your camping trip flawless!
1. Portable High Chair
Did you know that they make portable high chairs that fold up? These are wonderful for those who have little toddlers that still use a high chair. No more worries about meal time.
2. Foam Floor Tiles
If you have a toddler around these work great. Buy some foam floor tiles and put down in the tent. This will protect their hands and feet as they crawl around.
3. Hand Washing Station
Consider creating your own hand washing station! Buy a big water jug that has a spout, and fill with water. Secure it down to the picnic table or designated area with bungee cords. Then have a little bucket below to catch the running water. Put hand soap and a towel or paper towels by. This is great to clean hands after a bathroom break and before meals. Plus, a spot for brushing your teeth in the morning and night!
4. Plan Ahead
The worst thing is forgetting something. Promise. Been there. Done that. One trip we literally forgot the toilet paper!! Never again! The $7 spent on the Camping planner is well worth it!! Your sanity is worth it!!
Make sure to bring some toys for your kids to play with. These can be toys that are okay if they get a little dirty! You can wash them up when you get home! That way they have toys from home to help keep them entertained.
6. Glow Sticks
Consider hitting up a store and buying some glow sticks. The kids will love them and it can help you keep an eye on where they are at night! They even sell glow in the dark bubbles, that kids will go crazy over.
7. Large Umbrella
This is fun for kids to walk around with, but also to protect from the sun. You can put this by where they will be sitting, or let them carry it around the campsite. Sometimes you don’t have much shade, and this will help protect them.
8. Family Tent
Think about a family tent, that way you are all in one area together. I’m sure the older kids would enjoy their own private tents, but the younger ones will still want a snuggle.
9. First Aid Kit
Pack band-aids, headache relief, anti-diarrhea, anti-nausea and more. This will come in handy if someone falls and gets hurt or doesn’t feel well.
10. Sunscreen and Bug Spray
I know this probably goes without saying, but make sure to pack sunscreen and bug spray. Even go as far as anti-itch cream for the bug bites that may occur. You can also try these natural ways to repel mosquitos!
11. Mason Jars
Consider packing a few mason jars, for catching fire-fly bugs. The ones where their bottoms light up at night. Kids will love to catch them and watch them light up. Just make sure to release them before too long so they don’t die.
12. Bring a Fan
If your campsite offers electricity, bring a fan. If the night is hot, having a fan going in the tent can help keep kids happy. No one likes to sleep when they are too hot!