Let’s Go Camping! Camping Tips for Families

Let’s Go Camping! Camping Tips for Families

Our family loves spending time outside and one of our favorite things to do is to go camping. Camping done right just about guarantees a fun time for everyone. What could be better than singing campfire songs, roasting marshmallows, telling stories around the campfire, hiking, and swimming in a creek? Just thinking about it makes me wish we could head out this weekend.

I grew up spending a lot of time in the great outdoors. The desert sun never stopped us. My husband’s family also liked camping and his years in the military have made him an amazing camper. We are both veteran campers, but we do things a little differently from each other. For example, my husband likes to camp with a tent but I grew up camping under the stars with a sleeping bag and a reclining folding chair set up like a cot. As you can see from my pictures we do use a tent.  I find it useful at keeping children from wandering away in the night. If you are not a veteran camper the Internet makes it easy to plan a successful camp-out. Here are some ideas to get you started.

  • If you are not sure if your children are ready for a camping trip, try a camp-out in your or a family member’s backyard. If they (or you) want to end the camp-out, you are not very far from home.
  • Be sure to research potential campsites to educate yourself on any campsite fees, weather conditions, fire restrictions, etc.
  • Bring plenty of water, sunscreen, toilet paper, baby wipes, food, insect repellent, a first-aid kit, required licenses and permits, matches, a multi-tool, extra clothing, a map, a flashlight, and whatever else you might think you need.  For a really detailed list from Bass Pro click here.
  • I cannot camp without a good old-fashioned tin of Jiffy Pop. It is not the best popcorn in the world but it is comfort food for me because it reminds me of my childhood camping trips watching the foil dome grow with each pop.
  • Be ready with some campfire songs, old-fashioned hymns, and stories (my son prefers the scary ones).
  • Make sure you talk to your children about campfire safety. The campfire is usually my children’s favorite part of camping. However it is probably the most dangerous part, especially if they will be roasting marshmallows for S’mores or using the fire in any way.
  • Involve your children in the camping process. One of the easiest things for them to do is to help collect firewood. It brings out the scavenger in them and makes them feel like they are contributing. Just make sure they have some ground rules such as not breaking live branches off of trees and staying within a perimeter set by you. Once they are older, they can even take over wood chopping duties!

  • If you are camping where there are wild animals please take precautions. Keep food put away and if you are trained consider bringing a firearm (our gun saved us from a rabid mountain lion once – no joke – and a bear!).
  • For extra fun, invite another family or two along.
  • Bring your camera to capture these precious memories and traditions in the making!

I hope your family gets to take a camping trip soon.  If you do, make sure you plan ahead. Also, we prefer to set everything up right when we get there so we can spend the rest of the time playing and relaxing. Did you hear that? Relaxing! Make sure you take the time to relax and enjoy the great outdoors (oh, and it also means leaving my make-up at home – scary but true). What fun! I cannot wait to get outdoors again soon.

Does your family go camping?  How do you do it? Feel free to leave a comment. Share and let’s talk about it.

About Janice

I am so glad you stopped by. Kick your shoes off and hang with me a while. I am an Arizona native, wife to a hard-working hubby, mom of two, and daughter of the King. I love sharing recipes, crafts, and family activities that any mom can do. Life is complicated enough, right? When I am not up to my ears in laundry, dishes, and creating for Celebrating Family, you will also find me at East Valley Mom Guide. Come follow me on Google +, Facebook, Pinterest, Instagram, and Twitter.


  1. Auntie Pam says

    Camping is such a big part of our childhood. I always remembering going to the lake or driving up to Flagstaff and camping with mom. Those are memories that will stay with us forever. I am glad to see that you are passing it along to the kids. Wish I was there, looks like everybody is having a wonderful time. Love ya!

  2. Sounds great! Camping for the whole family is absolutely fun, spend time and bond together as long as you bring all the camping equipment. And also bring an extra camping tents for my two helper. It is the best way to save money these days and still enjoy the beauties of nature! 🙂

    Love you all.

  3. Bin Hire Melbourne says

    Good outdoor experience for kids.

  4. I want to take all my kiddos camping, but Im scared to take them all.
    Looks like you had a blast!

  5. Wow, I haven’t camped in forever. I used to go and it was so much fun. You guys look like you had a great time!

    Whirlwind of Surprises

  6. When I was younger we went camping regularly, but always in woodsy areas. My boyfriend’s family goes camping at lake michigan each year, at a campground that is right on the beach so it’s super sandy. It’s definitely a different experience than camping in the woods. Less bugs, but sand ends up getting all over EVERYTHING. It’s always worth it though.

  7. We love camping and try to go several times a year! Great tips!


  8. tonyknuckles says

    Looks like a blast was ad by everyone. Here in Florida we have lots of these camping spots too.

  9. Thanks for finally talking about >Let’s Go Camping!
    Camping Tips for Families <Liked it!


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