Make Camping with your Kids an Experience!

Why Camping with Kids is Worth the Effort 

Camping with kids is a great way to spend time outdoors and connect with nature. It’s also a great way to bond as a family, create new memories and make lasting impressions on your children. 

In addition to all of these benefits, camping can be an inexpensive vacation option when compared to other types of travel like going on vacation abroad or visiting amusement parks. 

Essentials for Camping with Kids 

  • Tents (not only for sleeping but also to protect them from the sun during the day – we usually use the small beach tents)
  • Sleeping bags 
  • Food and water (and a way to keep it cool) – LOTS OF SNACKS! Being outside all day makes hungry!
  • Flashlights or headlamps, with extra batteries if possible (and maybe a backup flashlight) We usually carry Glow Sticks as a fun way for them to play and still be visible after sundown. 
  • First aid kit, including insect repellent, sunscreen and chapstick/lip balm for everyone in your family 
A family enjoying a camp fire in front of their motorhome in the evening. Camping with family and kids

Safety Tips for Camping with Kids 

When you’re camping with kids, it’s important to set boundaries and make sure your children know what they can do. Make sure they understand that they have limits on what they can touch or play with. If there are any dangers in the area (like a fire pit), let them know about those as well so your kids don’t get hurt by accident. 

PRO TIP: Spray-paint a line around the fire pit as a visible reminder to not get too close to the fire. 

The buddy system is another great way to keep your children safe while camping! It’s also helpful if you have more than one child who wants to go exploring around camp–you’ll be able to keep track of both of them at once! 

You should also practice fire safety when camping with kids; this includes knowing where all of your matches/lighters are located at all times so that no one accidentally starts a fire without realizing it until it’s too late!  

Finally, make sure everyone knows where the nearest medical facility is located just in case someone gets injured while hiking through nature or playing around camp.

 

Planning Activities for Camping with Kids 

  • Hiking
  • Fishing
  • Bird watching 
  • little Treasure hunts, where you can look for things like pinecones and acorns to bring home as souvenirs! 
  • Campfire stories, which are always fun to hear when you’re sitting around the fire after dark with your friends and family! 

Games and Crafts for Camping with Kids 

Here are some game suggestions that will help you keep your kids entertained while camping: 

  • Outdoor charades – This is a great way to get everyone involved in the fun and it’s also a good way to practice their acting skills. 
  • The campfire storyteller (you) tells a story about your favorite animal or place, then asks each person what they think happened next in the story. 
  • Who am I? – have a hat full of animals and well known names and characters, with a drop of water you stick your draw on your forehead for everyone to see but you, then you ask ‘yes’ and ‘no’ questions only and try to guess who or what you are. 
  • Flashlight tag – This game requires two teams with at least four players each (two per team). One team starts off as “it” while another stands together near them facing away from each other so that no one knows who else is on their team yet! When someone yells “GO!”, both groups run towards each other trying not only catch those running away but also avoid being tagged by someone else running towards them too! When someone gets tagged by either group during playtime then he/she must sit down immediately until everyone has caught up again before continuing play again.
 

While there are many ways to keep kids entertained while camping, one of the best is by bringing along some age-appropriate games and activities. Here are some ideas: 

  • Board games – The more challenging and strategic the game, the more likely it will hold your child’s attention for hours on end! Try something like Settlers of Catan or Carcassonne if you want something with strategy and planning; simple Monopoly or Parcheesi if you’re looking for something simpler; or Cranium for an activity that combines trivia with creative thinking (and can be played by all ages). 
  • Cards – Bring an assortment of different types of playing cards in case some people prefer poker while others enjoy Uno or Go Fish! You can also bring along a deck of cards specifically designed for camping trips; these often come with instructions on how to play various games such as Old Maid and War. 
  • Books – Even though most people think this may seem like an obvious suggestion, not everyone realizes how important it is! Kids need downtime too–and reading gives them just enough stimulation without being too taxing on their brains (especially after spending hours outdoors). 
 
Blonde child holding hands up covered in paint. Keeping children busy while camping

Cooking Tips for Camping with Kids 

  • No-cook meals. You can make most of your food ahead of time and bring it with you, which makes for an easy trip. If you’re camping in a place where there’s electricity, use the microwave to heat up some leftovers or boil water for hot dogs (or sausages). 
  • Easy recipes. If you’re not into fancy cooking, there are plenty of simple dishes that kids will love: macaroni and cheese (with or without ground beef), tacos with store-bought toppings like salsa and sour cream, sandwiches on bagels or rolls with peanut butter and jelly–and don’t forget dessert! 
  • Dutch ovens. These heavy cast iron pots are great for making stews, soups and casseroles over an open fire; they also double as baking pans if you want to bake something like cornbread or muffins while camping out under the stars! 
  • Campfire pizzas: Pizza is always fun because everyone gets their own personal pie–and if yours isn’t quite done yet when everyone else has finished theirs? No worries! Just wrap up those leftovers in foil until morning when they’ll be just as good cold as they were fresh outta’ da’ oven last night!’ 
 

Tips for Keeping Kids Comfortable While Camping 

  • Weather-appropriate clothing. When you’re camping, the weather can change quickly. If it’s cold at night and foggy during the day, make sure your kids have plenty of layers to keep warm. 
  • Sleeping bags or cots that ensure they’ll be comfortable while they sleep
  • A flashlight so they can see what they’re doing when they go to use the restroom at night (or just get up). 
 

Tips for Keeping Kids Clean While Camping 

  • Hand sanitizer 
  • Biodegradable soap 
  • Wet wipes 

Conclusion 

Family camping is a great way to connect with nature and create lasting memories. Whether you’re planning your first trip or have been camping for years, there are plenty of ways to make the most out of your next family adventure. 

If you want to make sure that everyone has fun on their trip, be sure to plan ahead! It’s important that everyone knows what they’re doing before heading out into the woods–this will ensure that everyone feels comfortable when they arrive at their destination. 

If you’ve got any questions about camping with kids in general or any specific tips related specifically towards family trips (or if there’s anything else we missed), please let us know in the comments below! 

PS: Make cleaning your RV toilet during and after a big camping trip with your kids easy with a Twusch porcelain insert.

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