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Camping with kids is a fun family activity in the summer but preparation is definitely not the best part. What should you take and what do you need? If you’re camping for the first time or camping infrequently, a checklist is the best way to keep track of the essentials and not forget what you need. Obviously, every family is different and you will want to add or remove items but this family camping packing list includes the most popular items. It’s a good starting point if you’re camping with school-age kids. Depending on where, how long and in what weather you are camping, this list is entirely flexible.
I’ve sorted items in four categories. You can view the full camping packing list below (scroll down to the bottom) or download it as a printable here.
Food is the soul of a family camping trip. Whether you’re cooking at dinnertime or prepping breakfast in the morning, you need to have everything you need handy. My kitchen packing list includes:
This section of the packing list includes everything you will need to set up camp and sleep, apart from the tent.
This section of the camping packing list includes everything that you will need in terms of hardware and outdoor gear.
Last but not least, this section of the camping packing list is all about having fun. Whether you’re planning on hiking, swimming or stargazing, you deserve to kick back and relax.