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We love camping! It’s such an amazing thing to unplug (for the most part LOL) with the kids and take in nature and the great outdoors. We have camped with the kids as they have ranged from the age of almost-2 to almost-8. We have picked up some amazing tips, tricks and hacks to make camping a little easier with the younger crowd!
Before I get to my best tips for camping with kids, did you know that we actually have a camping blog?! Yes! We do!
Indirectly inspired by this exact blog post, we started Glamper Life and have all sorts of RV, glamping, camping, and family travel content going up over there weekly!! Would love for you to check it out!
Best Tips for Camping with Kids
Check out these tips for camping with little kids!
1. Bring construction truck toys for campground play. Our kids have a blast and stay busy for hours when we bring some of our bulldozer toys from home. They drive them all over the campground, pick up twigs and stones, and dump them in piles.
2. Use a kids’ bedrail to keep kids from rolling out of camper beds. We picked up a foldable bedrail for $5 a few years ago at a consignment sale. We store the bedrail in our camper and use it on the table-converted-to-bed to keep the kid from rolling right onto the floor.
3. Bring a fishing pole if your campground offers catch-and-release fishing. Since many campgrounds feature a lake or pond or stream and they are located on private property, you can fish on them without a fishing license. This is a wonderful opportunity to teach the kids to fish! Pick up a cheap fishing rod and spend some time by the water!
4. Buy some glow sticks at the dollar store. The kids love wearing them at night and bonus – they give you a great visual for spotting them around the dark campsite.
5. If you have little ones who are afraid of the dark and glow sticks aren’t cutting it, get them their own little battery operated lantern. These lanterns are easy for kids to carry around and light up their walking path or just give them a little comfort if they don’t like the dark.
6. EZ-Up canopy tents are essential outdoor gear – especially when you are camping on a non-wooded site. Set the kids up with toys, a baby pool, etc under the tent and let them play the day away without getting too much sun.
7. Take along a basket of snacks already portioned into bags. This will cut down on waste as kids enjoy their snacks, and also keep your campsite free of open bags of food (which will attract all sorts of unwanted critters!).
8. Pick up a set of telescoping skewers for safer campfire cooking. We have a couple of these and they are perfect because they don’t take up a lot of space in the camper but they give the kids plenty of distance from the fire. They make roasting campfire faves like marshmallows and hot dogs a breeze!
9. As an alternative to the telescoping skewers OR used in addition – these Grill Heat Gloves absorb heat. Kids can hold their marshmallow sticks over the campfire without heating their hands.
10. Want to add a total “WOW” factor to your campfire? Pick up a pack of Mystical Fire. Toss 3-5 unopened packs right into the campfire flames and watch as the flames “magically” turn colors!
11. Love this idea for nightime glow-in-the-dark bowling from Growing a Jeweled Rose.
12. I like how Mama Momtourage uses this IKEA hanging organizer to keep the kids’ things sorted. You can fill the compartment with clothing, shoes, diapers, etc.
13. Turn an inexpensive blow up kiddie pool into a stargazing spot that will contain the kids! Family Days Tried and Tested added pillows and blankets to their pool, giving the kids a snuggly dry spot to watch the stars.
15. Use a pocket organizer to hold everything from bathroom essentials to kids’ toys and art supplies. This example is from How Does She.
Bonus Tip – Think you are ready to move from tent camping to RV camping but not sure which one is the right fit for your fam? We highly recommend renting an RV (or three) to try-before-you-buy. A popular RV rental site is Outdoorsy!
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