Life Hacks for Surviving a Camping Trip with Kids

My hubby keeps bringing up going camping with our girls. 

Okay, folks. First of all, I don’t like camping. Second of all, the girls are not quite two yet. I see disaster written all over this – do you? (If you don’t, I’m happy to explain it to you! HA!) 

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But since it keeps on getting brought up in our conversations (and I even caught him looking at tents for sale the other day), I decided that, since there are hacks for all kinds of things these days, there’s got to be some hacks for camping with kiddos. Right?

I mean, have you thought about going camping with your kids? Maybe you have taken your kids on a camping trip and it was awful. No matter if you have never been camping with your kids or have taken them out several times, the following hacks will provide you (and me!) with ways to take your camping trip with kids to the next level. When you use these hacks everyone is sure to have a good time and you will create lasting memories with your wonderful family.



When it comes to camping with kids, being organized is going to go a long way. When it comes to packing the right camping equipment, one of the best things that you can do is to purchase some clear tubs to pack all of your supplies in. Clear tubs allow you to see what is inside, which makes it easier to find what you need when you need it.

Washing Station

When you are camping with kids it is a good idea to set up a hand and foot washing station at your campsite. You will want to bring a jug that has an open and close spout that controls the flow of water. This can be used to quickly rinse off your hands. You will also want to bring a plastic bin that you can easily step into to wash off your dirty feet. Set the bin up on a towel or a blanket so you can step out and dry your feet off.

Bring Lots of Antibacterial and Baby Wipes

When you are camping there may or may not be a shower available. Even if you can shower, there are going to be times when your kids get very dirty and need a quick wipe down. Baby wipes are perfect for cleaning off grimy hands and bodies quickly. Make sure that you pack plenty!

Sleeping Arrangements

If your children are young and still used to sleeping in a crib, a pack and play is a must for your camping trip. You should bring along an extra sheet to put over it as this can help to keep bugs out during the night and at nap time.

For older kids, read sleeping bag reviews and choose the best sleeping bags for your children. A good sleeping bag can go a long way when it comes to everyone getting quality rest while you are camping. To make sleeping in a sleeping bag on the ground more comfortable, consider purchasing a foam mat to lay underneath it. This provides a nice soft space for your children to sleep on.


When it comes to taking your kids camping it is important to bring along some entertainment. While there are going to be plenty of things to do around the campground, there are going to be times (such as when you are preparing meals) that you are going to need them to be entertained. Here is a list of some fun toy ideas to bring along on your camping trip:

  • Balls
  • Squirt guns
  • Coloring books
  • Binoculars
  • Chalk
  • Bubbles
  • Crafts
  • Card games
  • Magnifying glasses
  • Scavenger hunt items

It is a good idea to bring along a smaller tent that can be the designated play tent. This will give your kids a space to play with their toys and you will not have to clean out the sleeping tent before bedding down at night.

Camping with kids can be a fun and great experience, but it takes a bit of planning. If you organize all of your items so that they are easy to find and plan special activities to do while you are camping, you are sure to have a memorable trip with your family.

Will we try this out? I’m not sure – you’ll have to stay tuned to find out! How about YOU?

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