Camping with Kids: Tips and Tricks for a Successful Trip

Are you thinking about taking your kids camping this year? Great!

Camping is a wonderful way to bond as a family and create lasting memories. Plus, it’s a great opportunity to teach your kids about nature and how to appreciate the great outdoors.

But before you pack up the car and head for the hills, you should know a few things about camping with kids to ensure your trip is fun for everyone involved.

If you’re like most parents, the thought of taking your kids camping might fill you with a sense of dread. Will they be bored? Will they be cranky? Will you spend the entire trip chasing after them?

I can relate.  But dont worry, you can have a fun and stress-free camping trip with your kids.

Here are some tips and tricks to help you make the most of your next adventure in the great outdoors.

Choose the Right Location

Not all campgrounds are created equal. When you’re planning your trip, take some time to research different locations.

Look for campgrounds that offer kid-friendly amenities. You might also consider a campground offering planned activities like hayrides or movie nights.

The more there is for your kids to do, the less likely they will get bored and the more likely you will enjoy yourself!

Pack Smart

One of the keys to a successful camping trip is packing smart.

In addition to the usual camping gear, pack plenty of snacks, drinks, and games to keep your kids entertained.

Packing some extra clothes in case of spills or accidents is also a good idea. And don’t forget the bug spray! Nothing puts a damper on a camping trip quite like mosquito bites. 

Create a Schedule

Ensuring they have structure is a big part of keeping your kids happy on a camping trip. Before you leave for your trip, sit down with your family and create a schedule for each day.

Include time for meals, activities, and downtime.

Having a schedule will help everyone know what to expect and make sure that everyone gets a chance to do the things they enjoy most. 

Keep them busy

Let’s face it: camping can be boring for kids if they have nothing to do.

So bring plenty of games, toys, and books to occupy them during downtime. It’s also a good idea to plan group activities that everyone can enjoy, like hikes or scavenger hunts. You can avoid those dreaded “I’m bored” complaints by keeping them busy. 

Have realistic expectations (and be flexible).

It’s important to remember that not everything will go according to plan when you’re camping with kids and that’s okay!

Having realistic expectations will help you stay calm when things inevitably go wrong (and they will).

Just roll with the punches and remember that part of the fun of camping is making memories – even if they’re imperfect! 


Camping with kids can be a lot of work…but it’s also a lot of fun! But you can make your trip is enjoyable for everyone involved.

These tips will help ensure that your next camping adventure is a success.

Remember to pack the essentials, such as sturdy tents, warm sleeping bags, and plenty of food and water. And don’t forget to bring along some fun activities to keep the kids entertained, like a scavenger hunt or a game of frisbee.

But most importantly, don’t forget to relax and have fun!

Camping with kids can be a bit chaotic at times, but it’s also an amazing opportunity to bond as a family and create memories that will last a lifetime.

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