In a world where our children’s lives are dominated by screens and technology, camping with kids can truly be a blessing in creating family memories that will last forever. They are always going to look back on those camping trips with fond memories and appreciate what you did for them.

Are you considering taking your kids on a camping trip? If this is your first time, do not be afraid. Be prepared, but not afraid.

Without proper preparation, camping with kids can be difficult and it can sometimes be a complete disaster. Let’s make sure you know exactly what gear you will need to make your trip with the kids as memorable and fun as possible.

Essential Gear for Camping with Kids

  1. Family Sized Tent. Chances are your kids are too small to be in their own tent.  Make sure you have a tent that will comfortably sleep your family. I love the Coleman Montana 8 because it is big enough for a family, plus their clothes and gear! You might not want a tent quite that big though and there are quite a few options out there for you.
  2. Sleeping Bags.  I cannot stress this one enough. Make sure that you have adequate sleeping bags for your environment. Sleeping bags have temperature ratings. If you are going camping somewhere that gets cold at night, spend the extra couple of dollars on a sleeping bag that will keep them warm at lower temperatures. When kids get a good night’s sleep, they are much more agreeable the next day. No one wants a sleepy, grumpy kid on their camping trip.

This is an excerpt from the article Camping with Kids – What Gear Do You Need? which originally appeared on 5 Minutes for Mom.