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Top 10 Tips for Camping with Kids

A young boy looks at a map while hiking with his family.

Camping season is upon us, and whether you're going out for the first time with kids this year, or you're heading out for another season, we've compiled our top 10 tips for camping with kids. Camping with kids can be intimidating, but we want to ensure our top 10 tips help you find easier and simpler ways to get out camping with kids. Here are our Top 10 Tips for Camping with Kids. This blog post is sponsored by Morrison Outdoors.


10 Tips for Camping with Kids

From comfortable sleeping bags to fun camping activities, keep reading to discover our top tips for camping with kids!

Pack a Warm & Comfortable Sleeping Bag for Everyone

A young girl wearing a green Morrison Outdoors Sleeping Bags.

One of the most important things for a successful camping trip is ensuring everyone has a good night's sleep, from Baby to Mom and dad. Good-quality sleeping bags can be incredibly difficult to find, but we have been introduced to Morrison Outdoors and will never be going back! Morrison is making waves in the world of Sleeping Bags with bags that fit children as young as 6 months. Some of our favourite features include:

  1. Inverted Zipper - Zips open from the bottom for easy diaper changes.

  2. Draft Tube - Keeps warm air from escaping behind the zipper.

  3. Enclosed Footbox - Fully-enclosed footbox that keeps the little toes nice and cozy.

  4. Machine Washable- The best feature of all! Wash at home for a quick, easy clean-up after a weekend in the dirt.

When deciding on your sleeping bag, you can choose between down or synthetic material. They even have added Adult Sleeping Bags to their line-up! Whether you're heading into the backcountry or staying in the front country, Morrison Outdoors is a great option for staying warm at night on adventures. Click here to view Morrison Outdoors Sleeping Bags

A mom and her young daughter cuddle in sleeping bags while camping.

Practice at Home

Four kids smile while laying in a tent together.

Before the season starts, set up all of your gear at home and do a practice run. This is a great way to ensure you know how to use all your gear, avoid frustration when it's the real deal, and ensure there are no repairs that need to be done to your gear. When you do your practice run, this is where you can identify tasks that your little ones can help with once you arrive at the campground. Some simple tasks you may practice are setting up their own sleeping area, setting up camp chairs, or helping set up the tent. Michelle, our social media lead, has a pop-up tent that all you need to do is push the poles - so this is an excellent option for a piece of gear that they can help set up.

Arrive While it is Still Light Outside

A dad reads to three kids in a tent.

The last thing you want to do when camping with kids is set up camp in the dark. Be sure to plan your arrival so it is not dark. Don't forget to pack snacks for your journey to the campground!

Bring *Good* Food

A family of four roasts hot dogs over an open campfire.

Just because you are camping, doesn't mean you have to change what you are eating or feeding your children! You can still make so many different delicious meals. It can be difficult to get kids to eat when there is so much going on, so make sure you pack things that you know they enjoy and will pique their interest when being served. Click here to read our blog post "Camping Meal Ideas with Kids"

Always Bring the '10 Essentials'

A dad and his young daughter sit together while camping.

According to Mountaineers, the concept of the "Ten Essentials" was formalized in 1974. However, the idea dates back to the 1930s, when it was included in climbing and mountaineering courses! Adventurers from around the world acknowledge that when heading outdoors, at least ten items are deemed necessary for survival. Here are the 10 Essential Items we pack along:

  1. Navigation and/or Satellite Communication

  2. Illumination - this could be a headlamp

  3. First-aid kit - make sure you have enough materials for the number of days you are gone

  4. Fire

  5. Knife

  6. Shelter

  7. Sun Protection

  8. Extra food

  9. Extra water

  10. Extra clothes

Plan Fun Activities

Three kids sit at the end of a dock.

Hiking, biking, fishing, and swimming – there are a lot of fun family camping activities to enjoy. A campground's web page will give you specific ideas for playing time together. They will also provide a calendar of family events, like Junior Ranger programs, if available. Some campgrounds even offer bike trails, a swimming pool, nature trails, or mini golf. Be sure to do your research on available amenities at your campground.

Pack Games & Gear in Case of Rain

A young boy plays in a puddle while camping.

Sometimes, when we go camping, we predict that the weather will be beautiful, but Mother Nature has other plans. Make sure you pack enough entertainment and rain gear in case this happens! Board games, cards, a small table, and chairs can be all you need to enjoy the rain. If the rain isn't coming down too hard, you can even try puddle-jumping.

Do a Safety Sweep & Chat When You Arrive

A family cooks together over an open fire in the woods.

There can be many hazards around your campground, and you should be aware of them all. Once you are aware of all the hazards, have a sit-down chat with your children so they are aware of what they are as well. Hazards that should be talked about are Fire Safety - the fire itself, as well as the axe if it is being left near the tent or your propane fuel source. Point out any roots or trip hazards in your campground and offer routes around them. If you are camping near a lake, set firm boundaries about swimming rules. If you are near a road, set firm boundaries about when they are allowed to leave your campground vicinity. Safety is incredibly important when you are out camping.

Know that Not Everything Will Go as Planned

A family enjoys a night of camping together.

Not everything will go as planned—and that is OK! Hiccups happen, and we just take them as they come. No matter how much gear you pack or how much planning you do, something always has the possibility of going wrong, but that is OK. If you go in with the expectation that not everything will be perfect, it can lead to a lot less disappointment if mishaps happen. As you get further into camping season, you can learn from the mishaps and change certain areas of camping where you see fit. Camping with kids can be easy, it can be fun, and it is worth it.

Have a Positive Attitude

A family of four sits outside of their RV together, playing music.

From start to finish! Be enthusiastic about camping from the moment you begin planning at home and practicing with your gear. If your little ones see you excited about something, it is likely going to rub off on them. Create excitement about going camping, being outdoors, and embracing dirt. The more positive we are from the start, the smoother the entire camping process of camping with kids will be.


Enjoy Camping with Your Kids!

A dad and his two kids lay in the grass near a tent.

Do you feel prepared to go camping with kids, now? These are our top 10 tips for camping with kids, and we are so grateful you took the time to read today's blog post. Camping Season is so close, so feel free to bookmark this blog post to refer back to it as you begin planning your camping season with kids.

Please be sure to follow us on Instagram at @kidswhoexplore and use #KidsWhoExplore and #KWE for your chance to be featured on our social channels. Happy Adventuring, friends!

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