From simple strolls to big beach days, summer is a great season for outdoor activities! And if you’re planning on adding a family camping trip to your summery list, we’ve got a few tips and tricks to guide you along the way.
When getting ready to camp as a family, essentials such as food, clothes, tents, and sleeping bags are a given. But there are many extras that can come into play with camping – which is why we put together a lil’ checklist to help you pack:
  • First aid kit 
  • Insect repellant 
  • Lots of snacks (keep variety in mind!) 
  • Sunscreen 
  • Warmer clothes for colder nights 
  • Waterproof clothes for the hikes with a chance of rain 
  • Binoculars (to get a closer look at wildlife)
  • Activity sheets, such as a nature scavenger hunt 
  • Camping chairs (to B. comfy around the campfire!) 
  • Lanterns and flashlights (or light-up toys for a fun twist!) 
  • Favorite plush buddy (to soothe first-time mini campers)
  • Books for story time
Boy in a camping tent.
Here are some additional tips to keep in mind as you get ready for the trip: 
1. Books are great to bring along, but they can also help first-time campers familiarize themselves with the camping experience! Living outdoors for a few days and sleeping in a tent will definitely be unfamiliar territory, so listening to stories about camping or looking at images can give kiddos a good idea of what’s to come.
2. To take the familiarization process a step further, you can even recreate the camping experience from the comfort of your home! Set up a tent indoors or in the backyard, put a sleeping bag and pillows inside it, then crawl in with your kiddo to read or play!
3. To give little campers a boost of confidence, we recommended involving them in the packing process. Something as simple as choosing which t-shirt to take or picking one of the snacks can let them know that they’re actively participating in the trip.  
4. We also suggest gathering as much information about your chosen campsite as possible before heading off. Whether it’s finding out about additional family activities offered on-site or scoping out kid-friendly hiking trails, being prepared often pays off.  
5. Even with all of the preparation, kids experience camping in a different way compared to adults! So if you’re able to join forces with another family, your child can buddy up and share the joy of camping with a friend! 
Girls in a camping tent.
Taking B. toys on your next camping trip? Share your little one’s adventures by tagging us @mybtoys! 

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