Camping With Kids 101: A Guide For New Parents

Camping With Kids 101: A Guide For New Parents

Are you starting to run out of activities to do with your kids? Perhaps you’ve already been to countless beaches, pools, and playgrounds. Now, you’re looking for new ways to take your children on adventures. Luckily, there’s one activity you can do with your kids that’s certain to be memorable for everyone, and that’s camping!

Maybe you’ve been to numerous camping escapades during your younger years, but camping with your kids is a different story. While it’s true that camping as a family can be an excellent way to bond, the thought of taking your kids with you while spending the night outdoors can be an overwhelming and scary idea. After all, it’s only normal to feel that way as a concerned parent.  

To ensure a fun and safe overnight adventure with your kids, read below for some tips on camping with kids.

1. Pick Your Camping Site 

Before planning right away about what to pack, you need to plan first where your camping site will be. Your chosen site will be one of the considerations you need to think of once you start packing for your trip. Moreover, since you’ll be camping with your kids, you need to be cautious and ensure your chosen location is secure.  

For instance, if your kids are uncomfortable with doing their business in the woods, then choose a camping site that’s fairly close to a bathroom. Additionally, if you worry that your kids may run right into any body of water they see, then pick a site that’s far from deep creeks and rivers. You can also visit and other camping tour services to help you book a site.

2. Go Test Camping

Give yourself at least one to two weeks to physically and mentally prepare your kids for what it’s like to go camping. You can do this by having a test camp in your living room or backyard if you have enough space. Set up all your camping gear and have a small campfire to make the test more realistic. Let your kids camp with you for the night and allow them to get used to the whole idea and vibe. A test camping will also help you assess if your tent is big enough for the whole family. 

Moreover, during your test camping, it’s also a good idea to tell them some tips about what to do and what to expect. Let them know that hearing some sounds from wild insects, animals, rustling leaves, or trees is normal. Most importantly, remind them to be responsible campers by not littering their toys or food wrappers anywhere. Teaching them how to be one with nature is an excellent way to commence their first-ever camping experience. 

3. Pack Lightly 

When packing for your camping trip, avoid bringing too many clothes, especially if you’re only camping for less than a week. It’s common for some parents to bring numerous ‘just-in-case’ clothes. However, keep in mind that camping is all about going back to basics, which means you only need to bring the essentials. Moreover, this can also be an excellent way to teach your kids about what it’s like to live simply. 

On the other hand, it’s also a good idea to pack for all types of weather. Whether it’s a hot or cold day, don’t forget to pack jackets, sweaters, and an extra layer of sleeping pants for your kids, especially at night. Most importantly, don’t forget the rain gear. Other than clothes, make sure you also pack a first-aid kit, bug spray, tick puller, sunscreen, and rubbing alcohol. 

Camping With Kids 101: A Guide For New Parents

4. Leave Gadgets At Home

Another good thing you can teach your kids during their first camping trip is having an adventure without involving any gadgets. As much as possible, don’t let your kids bring their phones, tablets, and other media. This may seem harsh and might end up having them whining, but this can also be a way to teach them to have fun despite having no gadgets. 

You can bring bikes, board games, hammocks, toys, or children’s books as alternative entertainment. After all, this camping is about keeping things simple. The lesser time they use gadgets, the more they can value nature at its finest and boost their imagination. 

5. Plan Simple Meals And Snacks 

It’s not a good time to prepare complicated recipes during a camping trip, especially since you don’t have enough kitchen tools or even a proper kitchen for cooking. Instead, you can go for easy camping meals such as hotdog sticks, s’mores, breakfast burritos, fish in foil, mini pizzas, and so on. 

Furthermore, don’t forget to pack nutritious snacks like apples, crackers, cheese sticks, bananas, sliced cucumbers, and carrots. This camping adventure might surely keep your kids active and busy the entire day and will leave them feeling extra ravenous. 

Wrap Up 

For new parents, the idea of camping with kids can be overwhelming. But let these tips guide you to your adventures with your family in the future. Most importantly, don’t forget to enjoy this moment of trying out exciting activities with your kids and develop their love for nature.