Camping With Kids – What To Pack
When you’re camping with kids, packing the right stuff is a key part of preparation for the trip.
It may seem like a lot to keep in mind when you’re also packing everything you need for sleeping and cooking.
My main tip is to make a checklist, as it’s the best way to make sure you don’t forget anything.
Also keep a few things in mind when you’re packing for camping. You want to bring the basics (like clothes, rainy weather gear and shoes they can walk in), camping games, and a craft bag.
Obviously, pack clothes for each child. If they’re old enough to pack for themselves, I would recommend doing a quick check through their bag. You don’t want to have to waste time buying them socks from the supermarket when you could be relaxing around the campfire!
Another thing you definitely don’t want to forget is their favourite toy for bedtime. As kids can sometimes struggle to adjust to the new environment, their favourite toy will help them get to sleep more easily for the first few nights.
Also make sure to bring shoes kids can slip on, like flipflops or wellies, for late night toilet trips.
Another thing that is easy to forget is your child’s favourite book, which will also help with bedtime.
If you forget a book then you can always fall back on a made up story at night by the campfire or when they are snuggled up in their sleeping bag.
Packing some games kids can play will help to stop them from sitting on their phones for the whole trip, and get them playing in the incredible UK countryside.
Why not bring a frisbee, which is a great icebreaker for kids camping with other kids they don’t know very well.
You could also bring a badminton set, a football or rugby ball for more sporty kids.
Children can have loads of fun playing with walkie talkies, so why not pack a few for them to play with. For loads of ideas for fun games kids can play with walkie talkies, check here.
You could also bring a bubble wand, these are great for those hot summer days camping!
Torches are another must so that kids can play together in the evenings.
For loads more tips on how to keep children occupied on your camping trip, check out how to entertaining children when camping.
What to pack for trips out of the campsite
When you pack for camping, you’re also packing for any trips your family takes out of the campsite. My rule of thumb is – always pack swim stuff and towels. You’ll need it for beach trips, but even if you’re not near a beach, you may find a lake or need to find shelter in a leisure centre for an afternoon. Don’t forget goggles, and any beach toys you have at home. Buckets and some good quality spades can keep kids busy making sea defences and castles for hours.
Also make sure to bring a rucksack for each child if you’re planning on going on some long walks. It means that they can pack their own essentials, extra layers and snacks (and also means you don’t have to carry everyone’s stuff for them!).
The craft bag
Packing one bag with all of the crafting bits and bobs in it is a great way to encourage your children to be more creative and also to make sure that you don’t forget anything.
Be sure to bring pens, pencils, paper and sketchbooks. You could also bring crayons to make leaf rubbings and some glue so that kids can make collages using dried leaves or anything else that they find in the countryside around them.
Another great thing to bring is colouring books, they are great for keeping kids occupied, especially on a rainy day!
What to pack for camping with a baby or toddler
If you’re camping with a baby or toddler, then packing the right kit is even more important. You’ll obviously need wet wipes and nappies, as well as a changing mat from home. However, for an easier camping experience, you could invest in a 3 in 1 bassinet, nappy carrier and carrier station. They come as backpacks that can be transformed really easily into a carry cot, and lots of pockets for nappies and snacks. Y
ou could also bring a hammock, which is great for feeding and daytime naps outside of the tent.
Be sure to bring a child shoulder carrier so that your baby can come with you on walks – they love watching the world from above!
If you’re bottle-feeding, then why not consider bringing biodegradable single-use bottles.
You could also bring food pouches or ready-made meals so that you don’t need to stress about cooking!
For more tips on camping with babies in general, check out Camping with babies and toddlers.
The right packing sets the foundation for an incredible trip. But here’s no need to stress about it! Camping with your children is a great experience, and one that both you and your kids are sure to never forget.
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