Do you like to go camping with your kids? I sure do! Although we always have a blast, I have picked up some tricks over the years to make our trip more enjoyable and comfortable. Here are some of my favourite hacks while camping with my kids.
This may seem like an odd hack, but after a week camping it was useful to me and other campers thought it was neat so I thought I would share it. Instead of changing your pillow case before camping, bring the clean pillow case in your luggage, change it after your tent is set up. I found my pillows got super dirty in the car and sitting on the ground or picnic table during unloading. It is much better to change it once in the tent for a clean pillow. Then use the dirty case as a laundry bag, put all your dirty clothes in there during the trip so it is easy to cart home and take straight to the washing machine to be cleaned.
This was my sister’s genious idea, combined with my soap. Bring a solar shower with you. It is only like $10-15 at Wal-Mart, a great investment if you camp a lot and also good for showers while camping. Fill it with water and hang it from a tree, put some soap near by, I just brought regular pump soap, it is easier than a bar and can sit at the bottom of the tree on the ground. After using the outhouse or port-a-potty or bush you can easily wash your hands afterwards! My three-year-old could manage to wash her own hands, which made our life much easier. Great to wash your hands after playing in the dirt, questionable beach water, and before meals. A simple cleanliness station, which makes you feel MUCH better camping.
My daughter can go to the toilet herself at home, but at three I don’t want her traipsing to the port-a-potty on her own and they are pretty nasty. We bring her potty with us, I take out the center (for catching the poop and pee) and she can easily bush pee on her potty independently without needing us to run her to the camp bathrooms. With the hand washing station above she can wash her hands afterwards on her own too. Being able to have your child go to the bathroom independently is a great blessing while camping as it saves you time and effort. She knew when she had to go poop to tell us and we would take her to the port-a-potty, no one wants to clean that up out of the grass!
This one is depending on the ages of your kids. We have a pop-up wagon that is AMAZING. It can be used to help cart all your camping gear to your tent, store stuff at the site, help you transport kids around the site easily, hold all your beach toys, towels, water bottles etc. while going to the beach, and if you have to walk to your car help transport groceries from your car and/or kids to the car for errands into town.
I brought an extra thermal bag (I LOVE my Thirty-One thermals!) on the way up for drinks and veggies that didn’t fit in the cooler. Once they did I used the bag for ice runs to keep the ice solid longer. It worked great! Driving to town and back plus walking to and from the parking lot meant at least 10-20 minutes that the ice was out of the freezer before going in the cooler. A thermal bag to transport makes a difference and it is cold carrying it against your body so some extra protection between you and the ice feels better too.
This one is great for close camping quarters and festivals. Use those clothes lines like a fence. Bring string/rope to tie up around the perimeter of your camping area (also a great way to mark off your area so no one comes camping in it during festivals) then bring old curtains, sheets, sarongs, and clothes pins. Pin them up on the clothes lines around the camp, it’s pretty, and you get more privacy!Click To Tweet
In a week camping we did not let one single mosquito into our ten (and let me assure you there were tons!). I have a three and one and a half year old so that is saying something. Trips into the tent are kept to a minimum and usually reserved for nap times and bed time. I have a bin outside the tent with stuff we need regular access to like sunscreen, bug repellent, toothbrushes, hats, bathing suits, and flashlights. Stuff is easier to access outside and you keep the bugs out of your tent with minimal trips.
These are awesome and cheap. You can take ones from your yard, or pick some up at Dollarama before you go. Stick them out in the sun during the day to charge, then at night you can put them around your seating area and/or the edges of your tent so you can see where the tripping spots are. It is great for checking on sleeping kids too, enough light to see them and like a nightlight, without having to flash your flashlight at them and wake them up.
Don’t forget to bring a flashlight too! Check out these cool flashlights, every camper needs a good flashlight.
Camping with little ones? Try these hacks to make camping easier. Click To Tweet
What are your camping hacks? What makes your life easier while camping?