The 5 Family Camping Essentials


Camping Children Jumping Happily on a hill

As you fall in love with camping you can shape your "set-up" to make it perfect for you and your family.  But first, you need to know the essentials.  

So here are the 5 essentials for a successful family camping trip.

1: SOMETHING TO SLEEP IN

Normally a tent, but it doesn't have to be.  Many camp sites have sleeping "pods" or "cabins" which if you've not camped before could be a cheap and easy way to give camping a try.

"Hobbit House" camping pod, at The Hideaway @ Baxby Manor

Camping Pods - a great way to try camping

If you are investing in a tent, make sure to read our top tips for buying a family tent.  Your tent should come with all necessary items included, namely pegs and poles.

 

2: BED & BEDDING

You need something to sleep on (a bed), in (nightwear), and under (a sleeping bag or duvet).  And adults - don't forget your pillows!

If you're wondering what your babies or children should sleep on, read our fantastic guide to what camping children should sleep in.  This is why Kids Camping Store launched!

Range of ReadyBeds; airbeds for toddlers and children

ReadyBeds at Kids Camping Store

 

3: WASHBAGS WITH BATHROOM ESSENTIALS

Make sure to include suncream - a real camping essential, especially when camping with children.  

 

4: FOOD & WHATEVER YOU NEED TO PREPARE IT & EAT IT

The food you choose take, if any, is a personal choice.  But make sure you bring whatever you need to:

  • open it
  • cook it
  • eat it
  • wash-up after it

kebabs on a BBQ

Kebabs; a camping classic, but take a lot of prep'

 

5: CLOTHES & SHOES

Check the weather forecast, and remember to include clothes for

  • Daytime
  • Nighttime
  • Good weather
  • Bad weather

 

+ A READINESS TO MAKE FRIENDS WITH YOUR NEW NEIGHBOURS

If you're just bringing the essentials, there's a chance you might need somethign whilst you're camping that you don't have. 

Don't panic!  All campers have been in the same situation, and are keen to help out fellow campers.

So bring a smile, and a readiness to knock on your new neighbours door... it's a great way to socialise too!

 

 

WANT TO KNOW MORE?.......

Kids Camping Store has compiled the best family camping checklist, listing everything you need.

Click here to see the checklist, and you can even ask Kids Camping Store to make you a personalised version!

Kids Camping Store's family camping checklist 

The Kids Camping Store checklist - "thorough"