Camping With Your Kids: The Definitive Guide

Camping With Kids: The Definitive Guide

As a nature lover, I’ve personally planned dozens of camping trips in the past 10+ years.

Over the years, I’ve seen it all:

  • Full camping grounds
  • Entire trips without a single sunny day
  • Kids tired of being on the road
  • Flat tires
  • Improvised meals
  • Missing equipment
  • Last minute running around
  • Struggling to find the right activities

You probably know what I’m talking about!

A recent study even showed that 89 percent of people stress over preparing and leading a family trip, which can leave you more stressed out than if you didn’t take a vacation in the first place!

Indeed, planning a camping trip with your kids can be stressful. But it doesn’t have to be.

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I’ve learned that being prepared and following a pre-determined plan dramatically reduces the amount of stress I have when preparing for those trips.

If you’re looking to spend a stress and worry-free camping trip with your entire family (who isn’t?), then you are at the right place.

Below, I’ve gathered free resources to show you what you need to make your trip a success.

Introducing: The Ultimate Guide for a Sweet & Stress-Free Camping Trip With Your Kids

This resource guide contains handpicked resources I personally used to prepare for my trips. I’ve read through all of them (and many more) to make sure you get the absolute best information available.

More importantly: I will be updating the links on this page as we receive more submissions in order to keep you up-to-date on the latest info!

This is what you need to help you get started:

First, you click on one of the chapters links below. You will go straight to the chapter of your choice (without opening a new webpage)!

The chapters are organised in three sections, so you can use this guide as a plan too!

Part 1: Pre-departure essentials
Chapter 1: Finding the ideal location for your camping trip.
Chapter 2: Choose the right equipment (and kids’ backpacks!) for your family without going broke.
Chapter 3: Packing
Part 2: How to spend a wonderful time on your family trip
Chapter 4: How you can survive the road trip with young kids
Chapter 5: Amazing activities for you and your family!
Chapter 6: How you can be ready for the rain
Part 3: Learning while having fun!
Chapter 7: Healthy camping meals your kids will LOVE
Chapter 8: Life skills you must teach your kids: gathering wood, how to use a compass and more!
Chapter 9: Leaving your campsite: what you shouldn’t forget.

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CHAPTER 1

Finding the ideal location for your camping trip

You’ve decided you will go camping during your vacations this year.

Now what?

Start by finding where you will go camping first! That way, you will not stress over fully booked camping ground a few weeks before your departure.

The best time to book your campsite was yesterday; the next best time is now!

These posts will help you get started:


CHAPTER 2

Choosing the right equipment (and kids’ backpacks!) for your family without going broke

If you don’t have your own equipment, camping can be expensive. However, you don’t have to buy the most expensive equipment (and you don’t need all the latest gadgets) to spend an amazing time. Make a list of equipment you need to pack and to buy, and follow it! The posts below will help you find the best equipment for your trip. Don’t forget that you can also rent equipment!


CHAPTER 3

Packing

Now that you have all your equipment and backpacks, you are ready to start packing. You should start packing non-perishable food and equipment a few days before your departure. As you go, check them on your list and write which bag they are in! That way, you will avoid stressing over which equipment is where and whether you already packed it. Also, don’t forget to roll, not to fold.


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CHAPTER 4

How you can survive the road trip with young kids

Excited and ready for your trip? However, don’t forget to plan for the road trip! Yes, you can make the journey as interesting as the destination, whether you’ll spend 2 hours or 2 days on the road. Here are a few survival strategies in order to arrive to your destination in one piece!


CHAPTER 5

Amazing activities for you and your family!

Are you wondering what you should do on your trip to keep everyone entertained? Whether you are camping close to a mountain, a river, the city, or in the middle of the forest, these posts below will help you plan amazing activities for your trip.


CHAPTER 6

How you can be ready for rainy days

Rainy days do not have to be miserable if you are prepared! By bringing the right gear and by planning alternative activities, you can still spend a wonderful day. If you have doubts, consult the articles below. Don’t forget to bring extra clothes as nothing will dry in humid or rainy weather!


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CHAPTER 7

Healthy (and less healthy) camping meals your kids will LOVE

Planning healthy camping meals can be a walk in the park! These delicious and nutritious meals will be a favourite, even for picky eaters! To help you plan, we’ve made sure to pick meals that would be easy to prepare on your camping trip.

As a bonus, we’ve also added gluten-free and allergy-friendly recipes.


CHAPTER 8

Life skills you must teach your kids

Most of the articles you will find below are aimed at life skills kids would learn at camp. However, there is no reason why your kids can’t learn these skills with your family!


CHAPTER 9

Leaving your campsite: what you shouldn’t forget

Now that you are ready to leave, make sure you didn’t forget anything (An easily forgettable piece of equipment is that rope you used as a washing line) Always leave the campsite better than you found it, that way, the family that comes after you will still have a wonderful time! **Hey! You didn’t forget to pack snacks for the trip back!?**


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