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Basic Family Camping Packing Guide

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Basic Family Camping Packing Guide

Camping with kids does not have to be difficult. With proper planning, it is possible to have a fun camping experience with children! The first step towards a successful camping experience is packing. You need to pack everything that you and your family need. Pack your necessities along with items that may enhance your experience. The following Family Camping Packing Guide will help you to pack everything you need.

Make a List

Using this guide, create a Family Camping Packing List! A lists helps ensure that you pack everything that you need. Packing for a family camping trip can be overwhelming. If you do not plan ahead of time, you may end up forgetting important things. Encourage all members of the family to create their own lists before you make your own. Compare the items on different lists to ensure that you have everything you need. Involving the kids in the planning phase helps to keep them excited about the trip.

Choosing a Tent

Your tent is your home away from home. Be sure the tent you choose is large enough for your entire family. Big tents with extra living area (like the Wildcat Bobcat 500 or the Wildcat Lynx 640) give you the chance to play games together before sleeping or when the weather does not allow you to go out. If you have never set up your tent before, it's a good idea to practice at home, before you leave for your trip. Many tents are complicated and take both time and practice to set up properly. Wildcat tents use an inflatable air truss system that allows one person to set up the tent in less than five minutes. Spend more time roasting marshmallows and less time setting up your tent.

Pack For All Types of Weather

Do not assume that the weather will be as it has always been. Even if the weather is hot, the evenings may be cool. Bring extra pieces of clothing that you can layer up when it gets cold. Include winter hats especially for kids as it may get cold at night.

Sleeping Bags and Chairs

Each person should have their own sleeping bag. Be sure to get sleeping bags made for camping! The character sleeping bags your kids use for sleepovers aren't designed for camping. Camping chairs give you a comfortable place to sit outside. Bring one for each person in your group. They make smaller size camping chairs for kids.

Remember Outdoor Lighting

Do not forget to bring a source of light. Do not rely on just one source, but ensure that you have at least two sources of lighting. Modern camp lights do not only provide you with light but also act as bug repellents.


If your kids are still young, do not forget to pack their favorite toys. A change of environment may be overwhelming for your little ones. It may make them fussy. If, however, they have their favorite toys, they are more likely to feel at home.

Food and Drink

Your choice of food a drink is one of the most important choices when camping. Plan your meals to ensure that you pack enough ingredients for your dishes. If you choose to pack perishable foods, ensure that you have a means of preserving them. You can pack non-perishables in dry boxes. Do not restrict your food and drinks to the essentials. Pack some treats such as chocolate and marshmallows for the family.

Cooking Equipment and Utensils

Carry simple cooking equipment that can help you to prepare food. Some of the important utensils include a set of wooden spoons, plastic containers with fitting lids, a spatula, a cutting board, vegetable peelers, and tongs. If you plan to cook your food, don't forget pots or pans. And remember plates, bowls, cups, and silverware!


You will need to start fires to cook and keep warm. Pack matches or a lighter along with waste papers to act as fire starters. If you are going to use a camp stove, ensure that you carry enough fuel to last you through your camping trip.

Camping is one of the most exciting activities for families. It provides you with a chance to bond with your loved ones and get away from the hustle and bustle of everyday life. With proper planning and our Family Camping Packing Guide, it can be both fun and successful.

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