Camping with Kids, Made Easy

Camping in a tent with flowers


Spring is finally here! If you have children, it’s that time of year to start planning what activities you should do with the entire family. What better way is there to spend the weekend than with your kids camping in the great outdoors? If the thought of camping causes you to have anxiety, this article will put you at ease.

First and foremost, you have to prepare your kids for camping. In order to get them ready for the outdoors, try reading them a camping book or even looking at camping pictures. This will surely get them excited and ready to experience camping, no matter their age.

Little girl holding up camping book


You may want to invite other family members or friends who also have children, so your kids get the full experience of what it is like to camp with other kids and not just adults. Children also learn from one another and have things in common with their age group, so it’ll prevent them from getting bored.

Kids holding hands during camping


In order to get your kids involved, allow them to assist you in deciding which state park will make the best camping location. Then, pick the activities you’ll do together (you can look for cool, fun recipes to make).

Now it’s time to do the most important thing: pack the gear and supplies. To ensure that your kids have a fun time camping, make sure you pack the following:

  • Extra Clothing And Shoes
  • Warm Clothing
  • Insect Repellent
  • Tents/Sleeping Bags/Pillows/Blankets
  • Bathroom Items
  • Sunscreen
  • First Aid Kit
  • Rain Gear
  • Portable Chairs
  • Snacks/Drinks
  • Cooler
  • Camera
  • Toys/Games
  • Flashlights/Lanterns/Headlamps/Batteries
  • Cooking/Kitchen Items
  • Walkie-Talkies
  • Tools (Pliers, Screwdriver, Etc.)
Camping gear and supplies


If you are camping with an infant, the safest place to be is indoors. Consider staying in a cabin or lodge or maybe even an RV. This will benefit you and your little one. If you have an older child, he/she can camp in a tent, right outside the cabin or RV, with another adult or children, if they prefer. Camping with an infant in a state park requires you to pack additional items such as:

  • Diapers/Wipes/Rash Ointment
  • Formula/Baby Food
  • Baby Water
  • Extra Clothing
  • Pacifier
  • Portable High Chair
  • Stroller
  • Baby Bunt

In the process of preparing for your trip, try to create memories and have fun with your kids. Remember when you were a child and what fun things you liked to do when you were their age. Camping with kids shouldn’t be stressful. One important thing to remember is that if things don’t go as planned, you shouldn’t worry too much about it. To make all of this simple and easy, check out your state’s Pocket Ranger® app. You will find camping locations nearest you, activities and so much more with just a click of a button.

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