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 easy camping with kids! Don’t be scared to get out and enjoy nature and the great outdoors with your kids, if you plan and go prepared, the whole family will enjoy the family camping trip!
Camping Hacks to Make Easy Camping With Kids
You can create so many amazing memories that will last a lifetime on camping trips especially on your first camping trip! It is a perfect way to unplug ourselves 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 for Kids
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 When Camping
If you have a toddler around this works great. Buy some foam floor tiles and put them down in the tent before placing your sleeping bags. These pads will protect their hands and feet as they crawl around.
3. Hand Washing Station In Camping Site
Consider creating your own hand washing station in the campground — one of the essentials! Buy a big water jug that has a spout, and fill it 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. Use hand soap and a towel or paper towels by. It is great to clean your hands after a bathroom break and before meals. Plus, a spot for brushing your teeth in the morning and night!
4. Plan Ahead for Your Camping with Kids
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!!
Some note worthy items to bring when camping with kids are:
- Camp gear like flashlight tag
- Board games and card games
- Snacks like bananas, marshmallows, chips, cheese and chocolate
- Stove to cook burgers and hot dogs
5. Bring Toys When Camping with Kids
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 the dirt when you get home! That way they have toys from home to help keep them entertained. An alternative is to bring some crafts and prepare some fun camping activity to keep them occupied!
6. Kids Will Love Glow Sticks during Camping
Consider hitting up the 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– among the best camping activities to consider.
7. Large Umbrella for Kids
This is fun for kids (and teens) to walk around the trails, but also to protect themselves 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 for Camping
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 in one blanket.
9. Don’t Forget the First Aid Kit while Camping
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 for Kids
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. Pack with you Mason Jars for Kids
Consider packing a few mason jars to catch fire-fly bugs. The ones where their bottoms light up at night. Kids would 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 at Camping and Kids will Thank You for it
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!
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Which camping hack you will add in your camping list?