July 10, 2015

101 Camping with Kids Ideas


101 Camping Ideas for Kids

The Ultimate Guide to Family Camping! 

Nothing says summer like a hot roasted marshmallow right out of the campfire!  {Golden brown…not on fire!}  Getting away from the hustle and bustle of life for some fresh air and family time is the perfect little weekend getaway.  We’ve rounded up some amazing family camping tips, recipes, activities, packing ideas, and hacks to make your next camping trip easy, fun, and memorable!

101 Camping with Kids Ideas

There are so many great ideas here you should pin this bad boy so you can look it over again.  Really, you should! {Wink!} Alright, let’s get started…

We’ve broken the tips down into a few different categories:

  • 30 Kid-Friendly Camping Recipes
  • 26 Camping Activities for Kids
  • 10 Packing Ideas for Camping with Kids
  • 10 Tips for Camping with a Baby
  • 25 Camping with Kids Hacks

 30 Kid-Friendly Camping Recipes

When camping with the family it’s important to keep the recipes simple.  If the recipes are simple and completely delicious then you’ve turned a family camping tip into an AH-MAZING family camping trip.  We’ve gathered up recipes everyone in the family will love, but most importantly, the KIDS will love!

Kid Friendly Camping Recipes  

Camping Recipes For Kids

1.  Campfire Popcorn Satchels: Only two ingredients for the little campfire treat.  Make a little tinfoil bag tie with a string and hang it over the campfire.  In no time you’ll have delicious fresh popcorn for the whole group.   

2.  Nutella and Banana S’mores:  Peanut butter cookies sandwich together nutella, banana, and campfire roasted marshmallow.  Yum! Put nutella on anything and it transforms it into a culinary masterpiece.

3.  Banana Boats:  You’re going to need a spoon to eat these little campfire treats! These little boats are completely customizable for every little camper.  Let everyone fill their boats with some of their favorite treats and wait by the campfire while it all melts together.  

4.  Hobo Hamburgers:  These little tinfoil dinners have few ingredients, but man, do they look good!  Make these as a family before heading out into the great outdoors.  Yummy dinner and clean up is a snap!

5.  S’mores Trail Mix:  You’re 3 ingredients away from a fun camping snack you’re kids will love! All of the yumminess of a s’more without the campfire.

6.  Campfire Cones:   Chocolate, peanut butter, and marshmallow turn into something magical when added to an ice cream cone and warmed by a campfire.  Just saying…

7.  Campfire Orange Cinnamon Rolls:   Store bought cinnamon rolls wrapped inside of an orange and roasted on the campfire.  The orange keeps the cinnamon roll save from the flames, infuses it with citrus and makes if moist and gooey.

8.  Campfire Monkey Bread:  This pull-apart bread is cooked up in a dutch oven over the campfire coals.  Yummy!

Easy Camping Recipes For Kids

9.  Campfire French Toast:  Something that looks this good has got to be a pain to make.  Wrong!  This camping recipes is so easy and will have your little campers smiling!

10.  Omelet in a Bag:  Let the little campers design and make their own omelets.  The best part is – it’s mess free!  Perfect for family camping.

11.  Taco in a Bag (Walking Tacos):  Open a personal bag of chips (corn, Fritos, Doritos), add meat toppings, grab your fork, and you’ll got yourself a fast and kid friendly camping dinner.

12.  Camping Pizza:  My kids would eat pizza for every meal if they had their choice.  If your family is anything like mine, this camping pizza recipe will be a hit!

13.  Peanut Butter Oatmeal with Banana and Chocolate Chips:  This one-pot breakfast is the perfect way to start the day! Ready in 15 minutes and the kiddos will love the peanut butter and chocolate chips.

14.  Egg in Toast Basket:  When I make this at home I let me kids use their favorite cookie cutter to make the hole in the middle of the bread.  When camping I use whatever is handy – like the lid of the peanut butter jar.  Add the bread to the frying pan, crack the egg in the middle, and cook them both at the same time for yummy eggs and toast.

15.  Camping Mac and CheeseDutch oven mac and cheese is one of the best ways to use your campfire.  It’s sure to impress even the pickiest of kids.  

16. Camping Pineapple Upsidedown Cake:  Tin-foil pineapple upside down cake pockets that are very family friendly.   Plus – everyone gets their own little pouch.  Don’t forget the whipped cream for this camping recipe!

Camping Recipes for Kids Campfire

17.  Camping Quesadillas:  Just like at home, add all of your favorite quesadillas toppings to your tortilla, wrap in tinfoil and lay on the grate right over your campfire.  The fire with melt everything together and just like that, dinner is done!

18.  Campfire Eclairs:  Take your campfire desserts to “gourmet” with these little campfire desserts.  They looks so good, it’s hard to believe they were cooked over a campfire.

19.  Blueberry Cobbler:  If you haven’t eaten dutch oven cobbler before – you are missing out.  Get your family a dutch oven and stoke the fire.  You won’t regret it!

20.  Ice Cream in a Bag:  Ice cream and camping?! Yes, please! Let your little kiddos make their own ice cream.  Don’t forget the gloves! Little hands get cold when mixing the bag.

21. Peanut Butter and Jelly Granola Bars:  All of the yumminess of a PB&J wrapped up in a granola bar.  Make before you go for a quick snack or a tasty treat while out for a family hike.

22.  Camping Breakfast Burritos:  Make these little burritos before heading out for your family camping trip.  Wrap them in tinfoil, toss them in warm coals, and done.  Breakfast is on it’s way!

23.  Campfire Corn on the Cob:  Wrap in tinfoil and add to the coals.  If you want some butter on your corn {who doesn’t?!} add some inside the aluminum foil.  The butter melts all over the corn as it roasts on the campfire.  YUM!

24.  Camping Nachos:  Nachos while camping?! Yes, you can! AND it’s a lot simpler than you’d think.  Everyone will love this kids friendly camping recipe!

Kid Friendly Camping Recipes

25.  Curly Dog:  Aren’t these fun! Wrap pre-made dough around your hot dog, add it to your roasting stick, and cook over your camp fire.  The kids will love this one!

26.  S’mores Mini Dippers:  If your campsite doesn’t allow campfires, here is a perfect make ahead treat that will satisfy all of your s’more cravings.

27.  Chopped Mexican Corn and Bean Salsa:  This yummy, fresh salsa is a quick meal or a perfect side dish.  Fresh ingredients your family will love!

28.  Canned Biscuits Campfire Donuts:   Donuts should always be on the menu when camping and these are so easy and fun there are no excuse not to.   Shake in a brown paper bag with cinnamon and sugar for a delicious topping.

29.  Dutch Oven Lasagna:  Make this yummy camping recipe and not only will your kids love it, your fellow camping neighbors will come over to see what you’re cooking!

30.  Chile Cheese Fries:  This indulgent comfort food is sure to warm you up when the sun goes down and the temperature starts to drop.  The family will love it and it’s so easy to make!


There are so many new things to do and see when out for a family camping trip.  Here are a few ideas!

 26 Camping Activities for Kids

Camping Activities for Kids

    26 Camping Games for Kids

31.  Ten Camping Games for Kids:  Here are 10 camping games for kids that take little to no set up.  Plus, you don’t have to pack extra stuff from home! 

32.  Flashlight Tag: What little campers don’t love flashlights? This is the classic game of hide and seek, played in the dark.

33.  Park Ranger:  This cute game requires a larger group, an open area, and a huge imagination.  It’s sure to have the group laughing and running.

34.  Map Making and Navigation:  Here is a great activity for little campers and older kids too.  Challenge the group to make their own map of the area. This camping activity is a great way to learn some compass skills too!

35.  Capture the Flag:  This game can be as simple or complicated as you’d like.  Split up into teams, pick a flag, pick a base and let the chasing begin.

36.  Camping Bingo Card:  There is so much to see when traveling to a new place and camping.  Make a game out of it with this customizable bingo card.  Plus – it has a free printable!

37.  Camping Songs for Kids:  Singing around the campfire are some of the best family memories!  Here’s a great list to start your family campfire song collection.  

38.  Nature Tic-Tac-Toe:  Use sticks, rocks, pine cones, or anything collected around your campsite for this quiet and fun game of tic-tac-toe!

Camping Activities for Kids

39.  10 Fun Camping Games for Kids:  I love fun family activities and this list has something for everyone! Plus, they don’t cost money and don’t require a lot of extra stuff from home.  Perfect for camping!

40.  Kids Explorer Journal:  Invite your little campers to write down some of the things they see and find as they explore around nature.  Free printables, yay!!!

41.  Wind Chime:  Hand painted and decorated by all of the kiddos – this wind chime will add some charm and music to your campsite.

42.  Bubble Station:  Camping is the perfect place for bubbles! No need to worry about bubbles spilling all over the house, either, because you use a genius plastic drink dispenser like this one!  Here is an easy and inexpensive DIY recipe for a bubble station.

43.  How to Make a Compass:  By using a few items you already have around your house.

44.  Firewood Building Blocks:  Before lighting up your campfire, let the kiddos stack the firewood first.  Build towers and structures.  Let them use their imagination before setting it all a blaze!

45.  Bean Bag Toss:  This is such a cute DIY camping game.  Toss it in a bag and use it over and over again.

46.  Target Practice:  Nerf guns and empty toilet paper tubs make up this easy camping activity.  If you have sling shots bring them along for the ride.

Camping Games For Families

47.  Glow in the Dark Baseball:  Glow sticks and a basketball and bat turn a normal game of baseball into a night time event.  Bring enough glow sticks for each player to shine – this glow gear would be a great option.

48.  Ring Toss:  Save a few paper plates {a camping miracle} for this DIY camping game.  Little hands can build this game with very little help.

49.  Camping Charades:   Charades is a fun, easy, and creative way for kids to play and entertain themselves and you.  The whole campsite will be laughing in no time.

50.  Golfball:  This idea is so unique and fun!  Everyone will get dirty and tired, but a good time is in store for all.  This is a great idea for a group of pre-teens and teens.   

51.  Pine Ball Game:  Bring some pingpong balls and some red solo cups and you’ve got yourself a fun game for the kiddos!  

Camping Activities For Families Games

52.  Tin Can Lanterns:  Let each little camper make their own little lanterns to hang around the campsite. The best part is… Tin cans are FREE!  Yay!

53.  Mini Marshmallow Shooters:  This idea was so cute I had to try it out myself.  Total success!  The whole family loved shooting marshmallow all over the yard.  These little shooters are making their way into our camping box.

54. Water Bottle Bubbles:   A fun way to recycle some of your empty water bottles.

55.  Pony Bead Lizard Tutorial:  Arts and craft time! If you’re in need of a little quiet time, this bead project will keep their minds active and thinking creatively.

56.  Taped Candy Treat Ball:  Pick out some of your family’s favorite candies and some clear packing tape you’re on your way to a candy ball.  Remember to pack some dice and you’ll have everything you need for this fun camping game.

Do you ever get the feeling that you’ve forgotten something as soon as you head out on the road for a big trip?  Don’t worry, these ideas will help make sure you’ve got everything you need for the big family camp-out!

10 Packing Ideas for Camping with Kids

Family Camping Packing Ideas

Camping with kids packing

57.  Things to Pack for Camping/ Checklist:  Make sure you don’t forget anything with this free printable checklist!  

58.  Keeping Things Organized  Great tips from other camping parents!  We all learn from each other, right? This lady has got it down!

59. Portable High Chair:  Keeping the baby out of the dirt long enough to eat can be a struggle while camping.  A portable high chair is a great way  to clean them, contain them, feed them, and then set them down and let the dirtiness continue.

60.  Water Backpack For Kids:  When camping with my family, we often take day hikes and explore our area.  Each child has their own water and carries it around on their back.  This is a great way to keep their hands free and make sure everyone has plenty of water.

61.  Shower Cap Shoe Cover:  Kids tend to get really dirty camping. {We all do, really.}  Cover your shoes with a shower cap so that they don’t get other things in your bag dirty.

Camping with kids what to pack

62.  Toy Tub:  Tubs are ideal for both transporting toys to the camp site and keeping them all in one place.

63.  18 Things I’ll Never Camp Without:  This is such a great list to make camping with a family easy, with things like these make-up cleansing cloths!

64.  Table Cloth:  Picnic tables are so nice to have at a campsite.  The problem is the wood is hard to clean and there’s no way to know what was on the table last.  {Yikes}.  Cover the table with a cheap vinyl table cloth like this one and put your mind at ease.

65.  Burt’s Bees Herbal Insect Repellent:  I’m pretty paranoid about using anything with chemicals on the Munchkin Pants. I love that this spray’s “active” ingredients are Lemongrass, Citronella, and Rosemary oils. No bites on him either! Also a good idea to test on Baby a few days in advance to avoid a reaction.

66. Bag Clothes for Each Day: Keep all of the clothes for the family orginazed by bagging them for each day.  

There are so many amazing families out there and a few are brave enough to take their baby camping.  We live and learn and these gals have a lot of tips to share to make it easier on all of us.


 10 Tips for Camping with a Baby 

Camping with Baby Tips

Camping with a baby ideas
67.  Tips for camping with a baby:  These are some great tips if your taking baby out for his/her first camping trip.

68.  How to Camp With an Infant:  Here are some great tips to keep even the smallest of campers happy – Mom and Dad too!

69.  5 Tips for Camping with Babies:  Great ideas here, but my favorite tip is to bring a tarp for the baby to play on.  SO smart!

70.  Bumbo:   Getting the baby off the ground can be a challenge when camping.  If your little one doesn’t sit up yet, a bumbo is the perfect way to keep them upright and out of the dirt.

71. Sleep Sack:   We’ve used this since Andrew could get himself out of his swaddle. It works so well, he can’t kick it off, and it kept him warm all night.

Camping with a baby hacks

72.  Dirty Diaper Bags:  I got these for my baby shower and hadn’t used them yet (oops).  I was pretty impressed. They are infused with baking soda to keep the stinky diaper smells down, and really helped between treks to the dumpster. The dispenser part was great when fumbling around in a dark tent!

73.  Naptime:  When it comes to a baby schedule, things can really get crazy when camping.  When a baby misses a nap he/she will not be a “happy camper.”  Keep everything running smoothly with a Portable Baby Rocking Swing or a Infant Travel Bed.

74.  4 Helpful Tips for Keeping a Toddler Safe Around the Campfire:  There is nothing better than sitting around a campfire as the sun goes down.  However, the fire can be dangerous and tempting to a small child.  Keeping them safe can be a challenge.  Kate gives 4 really great tips for keeping babies and toddlers safe by the campfire.

75.   Confronting Bedtime Intimidations While Camping:   Camping with a baby can be really intimidating and the scariest part is when the sun goes down.  Here are some great tips on how to face that fear and have a successful bedtime.    

76.  Plastic Tub Bath Time:  Plastic tubs are a great way to keep dirt and creepy crawlies out of your gear.  When empty they make great camping baby bath tubs.  Babies get so dirty when camping!

These hacks, tips, and ideas are going to make your next family camp-out a walk in the park! Or a walk in the woods… Either way! :)

25 Camping with Kids Hacks

Camping with kids Hacks

Family Camping Hacks

77.  Pocket Tacklebox:  Everything your kids need for a quick trip down to the stream…all in an Altoid tin!  Small and light – perfect for family camping!

78.  Random Camping Tip:  Random? Yes.  Super helpful for family camping?  Yes!

79.  10 Tips for Fall Camping with Toddlers:  Camping in the cold has it’s own set of challenges.  These hacks and tips are tried and tested!

80. Easy Ketchup Bottle Pancakes:  Pre-make your pancake batter at home and add it to the ice chest.  When breakfast time comes around make some of you family’s favorite designs with the easy to pour ketchup bottle.  Upcycled!  :)

81.  Family Camping Made Easy: This site is so cool I had to include the whole thing! These guys know their stuff and have plenty of hack and tips to share.

82.  Homemade Nautral Bug Spray:  Oh, bugs!!  If there is a bad thing about camping it would have to be the bugs.  Here’s a DIY recipe to keep those little critters off of your kids!

83.  Sage Fir Bundles: Keep the mosquitos away and make the whole campsite smell wonderfully.  Forget camping, I want to do this at my house!

84.  Soap Pouch:  Pack a wash cloth and bar of soap together for easy cleaning.  Did I mention kids get dirty while camping?

Camping with Kids Tips

85.  Ouch Pouch:  Bumps and scraps will happen while camping.  Here is everything you need all wrapped up in one cute package.

86.  Shoe Organizer Kitchen Organizer:  Keep the campsite organized and clean with all of the cubbies in an over-the-door shoe organizer!  This is where my shoe buying habit pays off.

87.  Glow-in-the-Dark Path:  Getting up in the middle of the night to use the bathroom can be a scary thing for a little camper {and adults too!}.  Light the way with this fun DIY glowing path using some glow-in-the-dark spray paint.

88.  Foam Floor:  Tent floors can be cold and the last thing you want is cold kids in the night.  A foam floor is a good way to keep the tent warm and clean.

89.  DIY Single Antibiotic Packs:  Individual packs of antibiotic make for light packing and keep everything nice and clean.  Plastic straws, who knew?

90.  Handwashing Station: These are easy to make and will keep your kids’ hands clean even when you’re away from running water.

91.  Pack a mini first-aid kit:  These little kits are so small each child could have their own.  Build it in an old prescription bottle or Altoids tin.  

92.  Organic Trail Marking Tape:  If you go out for hiking as a family it’s possible to get separated and lost from the rest of the group.  Especially if camping with young children.  Marking the trail is a good way to keep everyone together and aware of their surroundings.  

Camping with kids tips ideas

93.  Easy Outdoor Candle Stakes:  Bring a little extra light to extend on into the evening with these Candle Stakes – an easy and affordable DIY camping idea! All it takes is some taper candles and craft dowels.  Keep in mind that this idea is not for all families.  If you have really little kiddos, it might be difficult not to touch these tempting little fire sticks.

94. Potty Training and Camping: Sometimes potty invades all areas of your life and camping is no exception.  Here are some great tips about how to camp and keep the potty training on track.    

95.  The Utilmate Family Camping System:  This family is serious about their camping and they have some great ideas.  Tubs full of everything the family needs for a weekend of camping.  Easy to grab and go and easy to clean up and head home.

96.  Head Light Lamp:  Strap your headlamp onto a gallon of water to illuminate the entire tent.  A perfect camping night light for little campers.

97.  Yoga Mat Sleep Pad:  Lay a yoga mat under your child as a protective layer from the cold ground and as a comfortable pad.  Plus, they roll up nicely and are easy to pack.

Camping with kid ideas


98.  DIY Fire Starters:   Struggling with the fire is the last thing you need when you’ve got a cold hungry family.  These fires starters will get your fire roaring in no time.

99.  Camping in the Rain:  The rain doesn’t have to reign in a good family camping trip.  Here are some tips on staying dry and happy.  

100.  DIY Toilet Paper  Dispenser: Keep your T.P. dry and clean with this DIY dispenser.

101.  Solo Cup I-pad Speaker:  If the whole family wants to gather around and watch a flick in the tent it might be difficult for the whole clan to hear.  Make a small hole in a red plastic cup and tape it to the side of the iPad.  Instant speakers!

Whew!! Made it! The only thing left to do is load up the family van and get out of town!

Can’t get enough of these Ah-mazing camping tips?  Don’t worry! We’ve gathered so many tips we had to break them up into 2 posts.  Check out Becca’s 101 Camping Tips and Ideas and Megan’s 101 {More} Genius Camping Ideas!  Happy camping, y’all!

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