This is a partnered post with L.L.Bean, who believe that, on the inside, we’re all outsiders.
As an active family we enjoy spending time outside. This summer we’re all about camping and exploring the great outdoors! There are so many wonderful benefits to camping with your children. Not only is it all about creating lasting memories, but it’s just a simple way to reconnect as a family. Camping allows our family to create those meaningful moments, and our girls have so much fun on our camping adventures.
The Must Have Family Camping Checklist
Get Organized –
It’s important that you get organized before you go camping. Pick your date and reserve your campsite. It’s also important that you know what things there are to do in the area. We always find the closest trailheads to go hiking, and since our girls love the water, we find out if there’s any nearby to explore. Knowing what there is to do allows us to pack accordingly.
Pack Your Gear –
Being prepared means that you have all the gear you will need for your family to camp comfortably. We always pack a large tent, chairs, lanterns, sleeping bags, camping stove, flashlights, water bottles and backpacks. We always trust L.L.Bean products for camping because they’re made for the great outdoors.
Plan Your Healthy Family Meals –
We always plan for breakfast and dinner while camping. For lunch we bring fresh fruits and snacks for the trail. We always pack plenty of extra food for meals because being outdoors and busy, our kiddos always get extra hungry. We bring extra large containers of water as well for drinking, dish washing and hand washing.
Camping really is all about our kids and having fun as a family. We like to involve our girls in every step, which allows them to learn and grow. We play games while hiking and we even create simple crafts. I also make a simple and fun kids’ camping gear checklist for our girls so they can help us pack for our camping trip. Kids can easily circle the items as they find them at the campsite. This allows my husband and I time to get our tent and gear all set up while our girls stay entertained. Later we use the paper to help start our fire.
Our Complete Family Camping Checklist
- sleeping bags
- extra small blankets for kids by the fire
- camping chairs
- water jug
- a bucket for washing dishes
- reusable plastic dish wear & small container of soap and sponge
- firewood and lighter
- trash bags
- cooler with food
- first aid kit and sunscreen
- bikes and toys
- comfortable shirts
- activewear for girls and sweaters
- extra socks
- hiking boots
We always have the best time as a family camping. My favorite moments are early in the morning all warm in our bed. The air is fresh in the mountains and the birds start to wake up. You hear so many incredible sounds that early in the morning in the forest. There’s nothing quite like it, and these are the moments I hope our children always remember. You can shop outdoor gear and more for your next outdoor adventure at llbean.com.
What are your favorite memories of camping with your family?