How to Pack for Family Camping Trips

A family camping trip is both adventurous and loads of fun, but it also requires that you pack the appropriate gear.

Here is a list of essential items you will need on your next camping trip:

  1. A rainproof tent
  2. Sleeping bags and backpacks for hiking
  3. Camping stove, if applicable
  4. Blankets and pillows
  5. Insect repellent
  6. Compass
  7. Radio, specifically powered by batteries
  8. Searchlight and batteries
  9. Food and snacks
  10. Cookware, paper plates, and utensils
  11. Lighter and/or matches that can be kept waterproof
  12. Basic toiletries
  13. Food containers or glad bags as well as heavy duty garbage bags
  14. First Aid Kit
  15. Water

As far as clothing is concerned, the best way to travel is to bring layers of clothing. In this way you can dress according to whatever the weather is that particular day. Bring hiking boots and other pairs of good shoes. Bring rain hats and plastic poncho rainwear for the family to wear. This will serve to keep you cool during the hot hours and dry during a rain shower.

Ensure the clothes are made of material that is fast drying, and that they are light in color. This will protect the family against insect bites and sunburn. Bring extra socks and long-sleeved shirts.

Also bring along your cell phone in case of an emergency. If the cell phone is a camera as well, you don’t have to worry about bringing the expensive digital camera.

Plan your camping trip beforehand. Find a map online that offers a lay of the land so you know exactly where you will be going. Check for nearby activities for the kids, and ensure the food you buy is kept in a large cooler to prevent spoilage.

Oh, don’t forget the marshmallows! Camping isn’t the same without singing songs, telling ghost stories, and roasting marshmallows.

Finally, if you have small children you might want to bring along some of their favorite toys and games as well as family games you can play in the evening.

Camping is an enjoyable experience and one your children will remember for a long time. Be as prepared as possible for any contingency by making a list beforehand and checking out the camping grounds online as well for any additional information you may need.


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