15 Must-Haves for Camping With Kids
From putting up the tent to making s’mores at the end of a long day, camping is a great experience and can create some unforgettable memories. Things get a bit trickier when there are kiddos involved. Did you pack enough stuff to keep them entertained? Safe? Clean? While it can seem like a daunting task to pack for a family camping trip, we’ve compiled 15 must-haves for roughing it with kids in tow.
Let your kid take a closer look around with their own pair of binoculars specially designed with an enlarged eyepiece for easy viewing.
Sleeping under the stars can be scary for a first-timer, but having a cool sleeping bag can help make bedtime something to look forward to.
Protect their feet from the elements with boots they’ll be excited to put on (and probably won’t ever want to take off).
Spend some quality time with your little camper reading the classic tale of a mischievous monkey exploring the great outdoors.
Give your little nature scout their own set of survival tools so they won’t be tempted to touch the real things.
Pack a few of your foam tiles from home and create a crawler-friendly floor in seconds.
Pack a compact, quick-drying towel that will be handy for any outdoor adventures that may involve water (or to clean up any spills that are likely to happen).
You don’t have to worry about the batteries dying or having access to an electrical outlet with this collapsible lantern; it runs on crank power (but can also be charged by USB).
Be prepared for any little accidents that may happen while you’re roughing it: This handy kit includes bandages, tweezers, alcohol cleansing pads, antibiotic ointment packs, insect sting relief pads, and more.
Not only will this be a lifesaver during a weekend in the woods, but it will also come in handy for all the backyard barbecues this summer.
These cots are lightweight, foldable, and can support a child up to 75 lbs. Just think of them as an investment since you’ll have ’em for years (and generations) to come.
Put together a fun scavenger hunt and let the kids explore the area. If you’re camping with a crowd, break the kids off into teams and bring a small prize for the winners.
Camping somewhere near the water can add a whole new element of excitement. Now you and your little one can observe the underwater critters without getting wet.
Keep mosquitos at bay with this kid-friendly insect repellent. It doesn’t smell like your typical bug spray and has sun protection built in.
Because what’s camping without making s’mores?