Summer is almost here! Which means it’s time to round up the kiddies and brace yourselves for the *perf* summer trip. Easier said than done, right? One must-have for any epic summer is a fun camping trip that will awaken (or instill) their love for the great outdoors and leave you feeling stress-free, or at least a *little* less stressed. Hey, parents need a vacay too! The essentials below will keep your little ones entertained with crafts and activities so you can kick back, at least for five minutes, and truly appreciate these golden years. Scroll on to see this summer’s must-have camping gear for kids and get ready to rough it with your rugrats.


1. DIY Walking Stick: Get crafty with your little ones this summer season with this colorful and functional walking stick. Add washi tape or glue on fabric strips to give your kids a fun activity that they can use on their woodland explorations. (via Rave & Review)


2. The Land of Nod Happy Camper Teepee ($135): The Beverly Hills Troop’s got nothing on you! Bring a whimsical flair to their first camping adventure with a sweet play teepee inspired by one of your favorite childhood flicks.


3. Fisher-Price Kid Tough Explorers Binoculars ($15): Now’s the time to let your little one see things from a whole new perspective. Help them foster that passion for exploration with this adorable set of pint-sized binoculars.


4. New Sprouts Camp Out ($25): Okay, so maybe your little tykes are a bit too young to help you out with the fire. Keep your kids feeling included with a bonfire play set that’ll have them prepped and ready for their next outdoor excursion.


5. Deuter Kikki Backpack ($45): Just because it’s cute doesn’t mean it can’t be functional. Keep your kiddies equipped with all of their outdoor essentials with this adorable and playful bluebird bag.


6. The Land of Nod Great Indoors Sleeping Bag ($99): You’re never too young to learn a valuable lesson. First up on the list for your little one: how to travel in style (duh!). Spark a love of nature and swoon-worthy prints with this cute and cozy sleeping bag.


7. First Gear Passenger 1W Dynamo Powered LED Lantern ($18): Help keep the monsters at bay with this portable LED light. It’s perfect for the mom looking to pack light.


8. Camp Spirit Bullhorn ($10): We’ve got spirit — how ’bout you? Bring on the cheer with this camping bullhorn that’s sure to keep energy high. But hopefully not too high ;)


9. Dot & Bo Sleepaway Camp Throw ($73): Your little camper will love snuggling up with this cozy and colorful tribal print blanket. Not only will it keep them super warm by the fire, but it will also work great at home for any cartoon binge-watching.


10. Sea Squirts Swim Vest ($34): Safety first! Take your tyke out on the water (safely) with these overboard-ready life preservers. The ferocious, shark-like fin makes for easy lifting if anyone goes overboard.


11. Foam Tile Floor: Hoping to save a buck while still bringing on the comfort? Grab your foam tiles from home and create a crawler-ready floor in a matter of minutes. (via A Little Campy)

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