Essential things to consider when camping with kids

family of four camping in the forest

You probably have been camping before but without kids. Although you are ready to involve the little ones this time around, the whole idea can be a bit daunting. But don’t worry, with the information contained in this post, you are sure to have a memorable camping experience with your little ones. They also deserve to have fun and experience a new adventure. Besides, no child is too young for camping so long as you have the right camping essentials for every member of the family. You don’t have to shy away from this adventure because you think it’s a huge undertaking. Don’t let such thoughts hinder you from giving your children a chance to experience an adventure they will always remember.

Of course, camping with kids is different from camping with adults. Camping with children will definitely require serious planning, total dedication and a ton of supplies. To help you achieve this, here are essential things you need to consider when planning on your next outdoor adventures with your kids. They are meant to guide you before and during the camping period.

Kids’ opinion

If your kids or at least one of them is old enough to reason with you, you shouldn’t just plan for the adventure without consulting them. Since it’s their first time and they may not have an idea what happens when people go camping, begin by showing them photos and videos of other kids during a camping adventure. If they like the idea, go ahead and plan a backyard camping experience for them to feel if this is something they want to do away from home. If they are too scared, then you will have to wait for some time before bringing up the topic again. When it comes to kids, you have to be patient.

Safe campground

When kids are involved, you need to be extra careful when choosing a campground. Although undeveloped campgrounds can be more adventurous, they will be more suitable when camping with other adults. For now, think of a developed campground that is clean, safe and has sanitary facilities. Choose a site closer to the campground caretaker. You need to be closer to someone who can assist you in case of an emergency.

You must not be in a hurry to choose the campground. Allow yourself enough time to do your research. Begin by asking for recommendations from family members and friends who have done this before. Also, check-in the internet for nearest campgrounds, costs and reviews. Select at least two grounds then visit them in person. You can even go with the kids and ask their opinion. When you settle for one, consider making a reservation to avoid last-minute disappointments. They happen.


Safety is a top priority when camping with little ones. Otherwise, who wants to deal with accidents while away from home and hospitals? Developed campgrounds are safe and secure. Plus, there are other people around and so you won’t feel lonely. The presence of wild animals shouldn’t scare you, having them around is part of the outdoor adventure. However, in case of an issue, you will be warned about it and advised on the necessary measures to take. Kids can be naughty at times. Make sure you set rules on how far they can go from the camp and be very strict about it.

Items to pack

When you are ready to camp as a family. There are essential things you should ensure you carry along. Apart from the obvious items such as tents and ropes to secure the tents, there are other items you don’t want to go without especially when kids are in the picture. Be sure to pack in advance. Hurried packing can be disastrous. You may end up forgetting essentials that you cannot do without. For sanity purposes, have a checklist to guide you. Although every family needs are different, use the checklist below for inspiration.

  • First aid kit
  • Sleeping bags
  • Solar phone charger
  • Clothing
  • Wet wipes
  • Diapers (if applicable)
  • Water bottles
  • Waterproof mat
  • Foldable baby gear
  • Outdoor toys
  • Waterproof kids suit
  • Utensils
  • Fire starters
  • Cooler bag
  • Snacks
  • Toiletries
  • Camp towels
  • Insect repellant

Since you are going with kids who are used to homey comfort, don’t worry about overpacking. As long as you are sure the kids will be needing the items, please pack them. You would rather deal with heavy bags than deal with the nightmare of under packing. The best option is to have everything you need.

Activities to do in the camp

Adults are comfortable with doing absolutely nothing when camping. While reading a book or just lying on the ground and listening to birds humming can be enough for you, kids want to be active. They can get bored quite faster and start wondering why you brought them to such a boring place. You need to plan for fun activities to involve them during the camping period if you want their camping experience to be something they want to do again. It’s never a bad idea to bring their favourite toys along. Also, hiking and seeing the scenery as they take photos can be very entertaining. Ask the campground supervisor on special and unique places to visit. You don’t have to do anything complicated. Just some fun activities that will keep the kids active.

Food and drinks

You need to organize food and drinks supply for all the days you will spend camping plus extras just in case you stay longer than you had planned. If you find cooking outdoor fun, then bring food that doesn’t require a lot of preparation. You can also decide to prepare the food at home and bring it to the camp. Whichever option you choose, make sure you won’t deal with hunger pangs because the food is not enough. Kids won’t tolerate hunger even for a minute. As for water, instead of bringing clean water with you which can be quite bulky, consider investing in a good water purifier.

It’s time you get out and have fun

There is no better way to know how camping with kids will look like other than going out and seeing how it goes. The above information is meant to guide you as you plan to have a great time with the children in your first camping expedition with them.

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