The Ultimate List of Camping with Kids Essentials

Camping experience means a lot to campers, especially camping with children. It can be fun and frustrating both at the same time. However, camping adventure with your kids can increase the relationship between parents and the children, and allow the kids to experience the outdoor life. Also, increase their adventurous spirit, independence, and anti-risk ability. From this article, you will find out what camping with kids essentials you’ll need to pack for your next camping adventure with your little ones, how to organise camping gear and what to do while camping.


Kids play on grass

The Right Camping Equipment

To set up your campsite, you’ll always need a tent, sleeping bag, and sleeping pad. The combination of the sleeping bag and sleeping pad answers the question of how to stay warm while camping. As well as other equipment like camping chairs and pillows, which will add extra comfort. Also, it is quite necessary to check your campground facilities before you pack. Most drive up campgrounds will provide a picnic table or a firepit.

Here is the checklist to set up a campsite. You can increase or decrease the count, depending on the number of people you are camping with.

  • Air Mattress
  • Air Pump
  • Camping Chairs and Table
  • Camping Pillow
  • Camping Tent
  • Dustpan & Brush
  • Sleeping Bags
  • Sleeping Pads
  • Tarp

 Cooking Gear & Food are More Camping With Kids Essentials

Camping outside is quite similar to being in a house. You need to eat, sleep, and enjoy but with some restrictions and limitations. You can not bring every item from your kitchen to your campsite, and you need to know how to wash dishes while camping. Also, there are a few things that are required to prepare and eat meals in an outdoor environment.

To set up a camping kitchen below is your checklist. Make sure to add or remove the item as per your daily needs and requirements:

  • Bottle opener
  • Cooking knives & paring knives
  • Cutlery -forks, spoons, knives
  • Cutting board
  • Garbage bags
  • Kitchen kit (pots and pans) and cooking utensils
  • Matches or lighter
  • Plates, Bowls & Cups
  • Stove and fuel
  • Tablecloth
  • Tinfoil


Mom have 2 kids on back

Clothes and Shoes are Camping With Kids Essentials also

You need to be extra cautious and well prepared when camping with your kids. This is because you might not want them to spend a chilled night and catch the flu. So having the basic warming clothes including a Jacket, Raincoat, Warm Sweater, or Gloves can protect your kids against the harsh outdoor weather and let you enjoy your camping time.

In addition, take some Hats and Sunglasses to wear on the next sunny morning. You also need to consider the season, local climate and weather forecast when packing your items.

Here is your checklist for clothing items. So make sure to adjust the quantity based on the days you are planning to spend on the campsite.

  • Hat
  • Jacket/rain jacket
  • Pants
  • Raincoat
  • Shoes
  • Socks

 The First Aid Essentials

If your camping trip includes hiking, biking, fishing, and other outdoor romps, one of the most important safety items to have on hand is a first-aid kit. Therefore, you can keep your first aid items in a sealable and portable container. Also, adjust the contents of your kit to fit the specific health requirements of your family.

  • Anti-insect supplies
  • Baby Wipes
  • Cleaning supplies
  • Compass
  • Hand Sanitizer
  • Life Jackets
  • Medicine
  • Spare Glasses
  • Sunscreen
  • Toilet Paper
  • Toiletries
  • Towel


2 kids play game

Books and Games

You can play games with your children at the campsite, or let your children play alone, put on their gear, and take risks on their own! So listen to them and let them make the choice. But be sure to pay attention to safety, this will make your children’s outdoor camping life more fun. Moreover, below is the checklist of fun items you can add to your list.

  • Backpack
  • Beach Blanket
  • Beach toys
  • Bikes & Helmets
  • Binoculars
  • Books or magazines
  • Camera
  • Cards
  • Fishing gear
  • Frisbee, ball, bocce set or other fun family games
  • Glow Sticks


If this is your first time camping, don't worry; we have a self-checklist for beginners for you. 

Finally, we hope this camping checklist can help to make your family camping holiday successful and memorable. Or can solve your problem about what you need to take when you go camping. Of course, there’s plenty of other equipment that you may want to take with you so get brainstorming!