Camping essentials you should have for every camping trip with kids
Camping is a magical experience especially when you do it with your little ones. But it can easily become a stressful time if you do not have the right gear with you.
Don’t worry, I have you covered there by rounding up all the camping essentials you would need for a great camping trip with kids!
You can also check out my post about Top tips for camping with kids gathered from cool family travel pros.
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So, here is the list of all the things you need for camping successfully including the things you need for your kids on the trip.
1. First Aid Kit
For any trip, with kids or not, you must have a first aid kit with you.
Check out this small Travel First Aid Kit on Amazon, it is super useful on any trip.
Cave hikes, adventurous night time hikes, and camping. Every occasion needs a good headlamp for safety. Check out this Energizer LED Headlamp for this use.
Camping or glamping, you are effectively surrounded by the woods. So, having at least one flashlight per camper is important. Also, carry extra sets of batteries. That’s very important.
Try this amazing Outlite Ultra Bright LED Flashlight on Amazon. It is water resistant and has adjustable focus.
May be get some Glowsticks for the kids to have a blast at night by hanging them around the tent!
4. Tent Light Bulb
A useful invention for camping indeed, this bulb lights up your tent very well. Check out this LED Lantern Tent Light Bulb that works on AAA batteries. Carry extra batteries for this bulb too.
Do not rely on match boxes to light your campfires. Even in damp conditions, this Multi-purpose Lighter works well.
6. Tent and Tent Footprint
Of course, the most basic requirement for camping is a tent. If you travel with kids, a family tent is a must. Remember to go to the next size than your family size.
Suppose, you are 4 people, then opt for a 6-person tent. This will leave you room to accommodate all your camping gear along with the beds and camping chairs.
A good tent footprint to cover the ground inside the tent. Check out this Canvas Camping Tarp with Drawstring Carrying Bag for Outdoor Hiking.
To pitch a tent, you need your tools. A lot of other things on camping need your tool kit too. Pick a good set. Check out these products on Amazon.
Stansport Emergency Camper’s Multi-Tool has many tools.
Folding Shovel is using for a lot of camping activities.
Outdoor Emergency Gear Kit is quite useful.
One very important item when you go into woods and stay even for a night is a good Mosquito and Fly killer/Bug zapper. This Zap It! Bug Zapper is very effective.
Or even try a mini version of the Bug Zapper – Rechargeable Mosquito, Fly Killer.
8. Sleeping bags
You should carry sleeping bags to sleep comfortably even on the ground. You should also consider getting an good air mattress for your camping trip. These are quite comfortable during the night.
Check out these cool items. Carrying the right sleeping bag for the weather you will be in, is important too. Cold weather or warm weather, please check the weather forecast before your trip and pack accordingly.
Mummy envelope type Sleeping Bag. This is lightweight.
9. Air Bed and Air Pump
For kids, it is better to be prepared with comfortable sleeping gear. After all, only when the little ones are comfortably tucked in, adults can relax and enjoy the night rest.
Carry a couple of airbeds and an electric pump that uses batteries, so that you can quickly pump the beds and set them up for the night. Check out this Intex Airbed with Internal Electric Pump.
Keep an Electric Air Pump handy.
This pocket blanket is a superb multi-purpose blanket that fits in your palm, how cool is that!
11. Water Filter
When you are camping, you automatically become a minimalist. So, carrying too many bottles of water is not possible. And you will have to source your water from nearby streams and ponds in the forest.
This is when having a filter will help you a lot. Especially when you need drinking water for kids. Check out the LifeStraw Go Water Filter Bottle with 2-Stage Integrated Filter Straw for Hiking, Backpacking, and Travel, Blue.
Try this water filter!
12. Pots and pans, holders – Essentials for outdoor cooking
If you are not a fix a peanut butter/jelly sandwich and be done with it type of parent, you would need some solid gear to cook while you camp. Ideally everything should be lightweight and serve multiple purposes. Check out this cool stuff available on Amazon.
Camping Cookware Stove This set has all you will need.
Backpacking Cookware Kit with Camping Stove – Budget option
Kitchen Utensil Organizer Travel Set includes Cutting Board, Rice Paddle, Tongs, Scissors and Knife : All you need to cook outdoor!
13. Playpen for the infant/toddler
To keep the toddlers and infants safe when you tend to camping duties, you need a solid playpen. Check these two cool items.
14. Soft cushions for the baby and games
Of course, the little ones need extra padding to protect their soft bottoms from the hard ground. You would need foam mats.
If you have older kids in your group, you should definitely get this Travel Scavenger Hunt Card Game.
Also read: Fun games to pass time without your phone
15. Child carrier
When you go exploring, you would love to wear your child in this hiking backpack. Convenient for you and the baby. Check out these good child carrier backpacks.
You need a strong and sturdy backpack to hold all your camping gear together. Check out these backpacks.
Deuter Kikki Kid’s Backpack for kids.
To relax on your camping trip, you would need a hammock. Of course, only if you have the space for it 😉
This Double Parachute Camping Hammock can handle up to 1000 pounds!
18. Power bank
You go camping to go off the grid, but sometimes we need our devices. Having charge in them for emergencies is very useful and to do that you need a power bank.
19. Camping chairs
To sit back and relax (when the kids allow it) 😉 you need good camping chairs.
Check out these Sportneer Lightweight Folding Camping Chairs.
Definitely needed even if you are not carrying perishable food. A cooler can be useful for other items too. Cool drinking water and other things. Try this Igloo Ice Cube Roller Cooler.
If you plan to venture far into the woods, it is good to get your bearings using a compass.
This Camping Survival Compass glows in darkness.
22. Insect Repellent and Bear Spray
This might help if you are in very dense forests if you are not already wearing full-sleeved shirts and full pants. This one has good rating Max Insect Repellent Spray.
In camping areas known to have bears around, it pays to be very careful as bears are attracted to food smells. Carry airtight containers to store food and airtight bags to stash away the leftovers.
The food odor should never escape. Also, try to wash your utensils clean immediately after cooking. In any case, having a bear spray can prove invaluable. Try this Frontiersman Bear Spray – max Range 30 Feet.
23. Shower Wipes
Some campgrounds may not have a shower option. If you are planning to camp for more than a day, it is a great idea to carry some Shower Wipes, keeps you clean and free to enjoy the trip! These wipes are easy to store in your luggage as they don’t take up much space.
Summer camping means mosquitoes, bugs and HEAT! A good fan is a must to have the most fun on your camping trip. Check out this camping fan, it has a light too.
25. Motion sickness remedies
It is a good idea to keep motion-sickness remedies handy. These are good.
Dramamine Non-Drowsy Naturals.
Sea-Band Child Wristband for Drug Free Travel Sickness Relief.
26. Dry Bag
Keep your phone and other items dry when you camp near water or in the rain. Keep a good Dry Bag on hand for this purpose.