50 camping ideas to make it easier (and more fun!) to camp with kids.

Camping with kids can be a little challenging but it’s much easier when you’re prepared with a few tried and true camping ideas just for kids.

“Let’s go camping” is one of my favorite things to hear (and since we live where the weather is beautiful all year long we can go camping pretty much anytime). Lucky us!

I did a little internet searching and Pinterest digging and came up with an incredible camping resource. I found so many yummy camping recipes, activities to keep the kids busy, tips for successful camping, DIY supplies, and even supplies I would love to buy that I had to put all these camping ideas in one place!

Now I’m totally ready for the next time M and M yell “LET’S GO CAMPING!!!!”

(For tips on camping with toddlers click here.)

50 camping ideas to make it easier (and more fun!) to camp with kids.


Yummy Camping Recipes

If you love the idea of cooking with real food while you camp kids check out The Camping Family Handbook. I’m a proud affiliate of Kitchen Stewardship.

  1. Rolo Marshmallows 
  2. Cheesy Broccoli Chicken Foil Packs
  3. Broomstick Pies
  4. Fruit Cones healthy camping snack
  5. Skillet Nachos
  6. Walking Tacos (tacos in a bag)
  7. Eggs on the Grill
  8. BBQ Chicken Nachos
  9. Cheesy Dutch Oven Potatoes
  10. Breakfast Burritos
  11. BONUS! Campfire Churros

Fun Kid Activities Perfect for Camping

No list of camping ideas for kids would be complete without some fun activities. Make sure to include some camping themed yoga to your day. And to help make #5 even better, check out how to make bubbles.

  1. Glow in the Dark Baseball
  2. Firewood Building
  3. Target Practice
  4. Make a Compass
  5. Bubble Station
  6. Books about Camping
  7. Ring Toss
  8. Bean Bag Toss
  9. Camping with Kids (what to pack)
  10. Little Explorers

Awesome Camping Ideas and Tips for Camping with Kids

  1. How to Sleep Well in a Tent
  2. How to Make WaterProof Shoes
  3. Tick Safety
  4. How to Choose a Camping Tent
  5. How to Keep Food Cold While Camping
  6. Non-Toxic Fly Repellent
  7. How to Locate a Leak in an Air Mattress 
  8. Home-Made Bug Spray
  9. Campsite Organization
  10. How to Treat and Avoid Poison Ivy

 Camping Supplies to Make

  1. Ketchup bottle pancakes
  2. DIY Ladder Golf  Game
  3. Bottle Cap Candles
  4. Camping Washing Machine
  5. Make your own mini spice containers
  6. PVC Tent Weights
  7. Glow in the Dark Pathway
  8. Tablecloth Anchor
  9. Mason Jar Oil Lamp

  Camping Supplies to Buy (contains affiliate links)

  1. Portable Radio
  2. 10 must-have camping supplies (plus more in the comments)
  3. Portable Highchair
  4. Pack-Away Kitchen
  5. Hammock
  6. Disc Swing
  7. Cooking On A Stick: Campfire Recipes for Kids
  8. Portable Toilet
  9. Flashlight
  10. The Camper’s Journal 
  11. Organic Brushing Rinse
  12. Mystical Fire

 BONUS! Print, cut, and pack up these Camping Jokes and Camping Puns.

Your turn! What camping tips, activities, and supplies make camping more fun or easier for you?

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camping ideas for camping with kids
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  1. This an awesome collection of great ideas and tips! (And thanks for including a link to my “tick safety” post. 😉

    I pinned this to my camping board – appreciate the work you put into gathering it together! We haven’t got to camp nearly as much as I’d like, due to me and my husband’s opposite work schedules, but I’ll definitely be referencing this again when we do.

  2. Here’s a couple of others —
    To repel mosquitos… rub dryer sheets on places they bite most or just loop one through a belt hoop on pants. You won’t be the camp “no-pest strip” anymore!

    To keep soot from the fire off cooking pans, coat with dish soap before putting on the fire. It washes right off!

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  4. Now that the camping season is getting closer your post is a must read.
    I really liked the post on how to choose a camping tent.
    Thanks for sharing.

  5. This is a resourceful collection of tips for camp lovers like me! I was especially excited about the tips available for camping with children seeing as I have two pre-teenagers who are excited about the outdoors as well. ‘Camping with kids- what to pack’ has proved very insightful.

  6. These are great tips – thank you! We usually go on one camping trip each year, but our trip last summer went so well that we’ll try to go a few times this year. 🙂

  7. Hi Jill: Thanks for this awesome compilation of camping tips and tricks, and congratulations on a great looking website.

    I was simply researching campsite cooking. Your list of camping tips provided the whole box & dice and should be bookmarked by newbie camper and experienced outdoor types alike.

    Your tips for keeping kids entertained would be invaluable for first-time family campers.

    Many children find it a wrench to be separated from their computer games when taken for a camping trip for the first time.

    Cheers, Leon

    1. Thank you for such a nice comment! We are actually going to be in the market for a tent here pretty soon. I look forward to reading some of your reviews.

  8. I absolutely love camping, especially with my family! The experience tends to bring us closer together, and we always have a ton of fun! I’ll have to keep these ideas and tips in mind for our next trip! Thanks for sharing!

  9. Excellent resource list. Especially like your section on fun activities for kids. You can never have enough things to do to keep them entertained.


  10. Awesome ideas, I am planning to make a trip for my kid with outdoor camping and cooking. Thank you so much for sharing this useful post !

  11. thanks for the tips , there are some tips that I know , but there are also new tips that I know , and very helpful.

    I’m from the Indonesia , and in Indonesia sekai many beautiful places , especially for camping event . Juka you want to visit to Indonesia .

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