Why Should You Make A Camping With Kids Checklist

Have you ever taken your kids on a camping trip? What was your experience? Would you do it again? What tips would you give to mothers who might be planning to take their kids on a camping trip? Did you make a checklist before heading out on your vacation?

As a parent, there are a million and one reasons why making a checklist is necessary when you are going camping with your children. For parents who are taking their kids on their first camping trip,

I highly recommend you make a checklist to avoid unnecessary troubles and here's a great tip for anyone that is planning a camping trip with their children, remember the 3 P's- plan, patient and prepare. These are a million and one reasons why you need a camping with kid’s checklist....


​Why checklists are helpful

Checklists can make or break a camping trip. As a parent, you can relate when I say, those things get complicated when children are involved. When you have a game plan everybody is in the same page which helps avoid uncomfortable situations such as arguments, tantrums, misunderstandings, etc.

A checklist will provide you with sanity that is very much needed when backpacking. They will help you organize your personal belongings, camping supplies, cookware, essentials, and extras.

​Keeping them busy

Be ready to keep them engaged and active. We all know how kids can be when they don't get their way. Children don't appreciate nature like we do, they won't like sitting around they like to be active.

Planning some game and camping activities are very much needed if both the parents and children want to keep their sanity. Some games that you can play with your kids are bingo, UNO, goldfish or even just blowing bubbles can be a great way to keep kids active while having fun. 

​Camping meals, snacks and favorite foods

Usually kids will have their favorite snacks or foods at home and some kids are just picky and won't eat just anything. Take into consideration their likes and dislikes. Make sure to include your children's favorite foods, snacks and meals on the camping with your kid’s checklist.

​Camping safety supplies

If you are taking children in the ages 2-9 years old, it is suggested they carry their own whistle and flashlight for safety precautions. Since kids like to be active they are more than likely going to get cuts, scrapes and burns.

Make sure you include the first aid kit which should have:

  • Hydrogen peroxide
  • Antiseptic spray or ointment
  • Burning cream or aloe Vera
  • Eye drops
  • Cloth band aids
  • Plastic bandages
  • Camping tweezers
  • Anti-nausea medicine
  • Oral antihistamine and hydrocortisone cream to avoid infections on camping with your kid’s checklist

​Personal camping supplies

A sleeping bag and a bed sheet or a light cover in warm climate is good to have to cover the sleeping bag and the child can sleep on top of the sheet and a pillow as well.

A personal backpack or a backpack for school, a hat, glasses, and you can't go anywhere without your children throwing a tantrum because they don't have their favorite toy or their security blankets should be included in camping with your kid’s checklist.

The children can also help by packing their own supplies such as clothes. Children like to be active and change temperatures quickly, they will be hot one minute and cold the next. Seeing that they are always moving around, they will be changing clothes two or three times in a day.

Pack at least one of every clothing items (bottoms, tops, underwear, socks) Other supplies such as shoes, at least two pairs, a hat always comes in handy, gloves because you never know if it might rain, at least two jackets (one light and one heavy), and rain coat or you can purchase an emergency poncho for only $1 or $2 in the camping with your kid’s checklist.

Other camping supplies

Don't forget to include:

  • toothbrushes,
  • toothpaste,
  • brushes,
  • combs, hair ties,
  • soap,
  • tweezers,
  • nail clippers,
  • safety pins,
  • sunscreen,
  • insect repellant,
​Breakfast meals for kids
  • Omelet in a baggie- add eggs or any ingredients you like and seal the bag, mush all ingredients in the bag until they are well mixed together, place the baggie in boiling water for 10 minutes
  • Breakfast burrito- you will need a large skillet, a spatula and heavy foil. The first thing you do is cook the meats, then cut up onions and peppers, once the eggs are cooked you can shred in the cheese.
Lunch meals for kids
  • Tacos in a bag- you cut up ingredients the kids like, put them in a bag of chips that has been cut in the middle and dump the ingredients on the chips, shake and enjoy. It’s a very fun and easy recipe that the kids will love.
Dinner meals for kids
  • Tin foil stew- all you need is heavy duty foil, a large skillet, knife, meat (chicken, beef, pork) a whole cabbage, onion soup mix, diced potatoes, peas or corn, butter, salt and pepper.

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Lucy Gomez

Hi there, I'm Lucy Gomez, camp editor at Getcampingwild.com. I grew up in a suburb of Oklahoma and I have been camping my entire life. Camping in the wild is a way of life for me.

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sky - May 31, 2017

Hi! Such great info–thanks for these ideas.
My only caution would be that Ziploc evidently does not support boiling their bags to make meals, even the bags made for microwaves.

Tacos in a bag sounds great though! 🙂

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