Packing for Fun: Essential Items for Camping with Kids

March 11, 2024 — by Richard Dawson

Whether you grew up camping and you’re ready to pass it on to the next generation, or you and your family are all new to the idea of sleeping outdoors, packing is crucial. If you’re going camping with kids, you’re going to need to pack a lot of things, aside from the essentials such as sleeping mats, sleeping bags and the tent. Kids require a lot of other things, so let’s go over some of the things that are crucial to have a fun, and most importantly, safe trip.

Flashlights and Headlamps 

Headlamp for Kids
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Lighting is essential when camping, especially with kids. If you’re camping in a remote location, somewhere where there’s no lighting at all, you might want to stock up on flashlights, headlamps and other sources of light, to illuminate the area. That way not only will your children feel safe, but they’ll also have the opportunity to play outside even when the sun is down. 

Bring flashlights in various sizes and make sure to bring some for your kids to be able to carry with them and explore nature on their own and make sure that everyone is included. A lightweight head torch is the perfect way to make your kid feel included in the exploration and they will feel important and also safe. 

Head torches are also perfect for kids because they can use their hands to do other activities at night such as reading bedtime stories, playing games or simply navigating around the campsite at night. Consider purchasing models with adjustable straps to ensure a comfortable fit for their heads and opt for long-lasting bulbs to minimise the need for frequent battery changes. 

Allow your kids to choose their designs to make them feel like they have a say, thus making their camping experience more interesting and fun. It’s all about creating memories and instilling a love for camping and nature and with the right gear, you can turn nighttime into an exciting part of the camping experience. 

Before heading out on the camping adventure, make sure to test every flashlight, and every head torch, to ensure that they are in working order and pack extra batteries or rechargeable power sources to avoid any unexpected darkness. This way you and your kids are going to be able to have fun during the day and after the sun goes down without any difficulties. 

Lots of Clothing 

As a parent, you know how quickly clothes get dirty at home. Kids get dirty while eating, playing and all of that while they are inside the house. Now, imagine them outside playing in the dirt and possibly mud. So, make sure you pack a few pairs of everything, from jeans to shirts, sweatpants, hoodies, socks and many other things. 

Take the weather into consideration when choosing clothes for camping. You never know whether it’s gonna rain or shine, so grab jackets, and sweaters and don’t forget the raincoats and hiking shoes, so make sure you’re prepared for every possible situation. Even if you go during the summer, temperatures can drop significantly during the night, so make sure you’ve packed for everything. 

First Aid Kit

First Aid Kit
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Accidents happen very often, especially when kids are involved. When you’re in the great outdoors, someone is going to trip on rocks or roots, or someone’s going to get bitten by a mosquito or perhaps a wasp, so it’s essential to pack a well-stocked first aid kit. Things like bandages, antiseptics, wipes, tweezers, insect repellents and SPF are must-haves in your kit, to be able to treat minor injuries. Check your kit before every trip to make sure that all of your supplies are up to date and replenish items that have been used.


It’s easy to entertain kids during the day while camping, but at night, things get tricky. That’s why you need to bring with you a selection of games and activities. During the day you can organise scavenger hunts. Bring frisbees, balls or kites, and at night you can bring all sorts of board games such as Monopoly, card games, and nature bingo or you can play charades to keep everyone engaged, including the grownups. Games are a great way to spend time before and make sure that everyone is having a great time.


A hungry child isn’t a happy camper, so make sure that you pack plenty of snacks. Kids will spend the days running around and wasting a lot of energy, so to keep them fueled throughout the day pack snacks like granola bars, trail mix, crackers and fruits that can be easily packed and enjoyed on the go. Don’t forget to pack plenty of water to stay hydrated especially if you’ll spend time hiking or doing other physical activities. 

Camping with kids can be a fun and rewarding experience for both you and the children, but proper preparation is the key to a successful trip. Pack essential items such as flashlights and headlamps, warm clothing, a well-stocked first aid kit, games and snacks to keep everyone safe, entertained and well-fed, so that the the trip is enjoyable and memorable for everyone.