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4 Tips for Camping with Kids

1. Choose your Tent Wisely

Sizing up makes for a more comfortable experience,  especially on rainy days.  For 4 of you consider a 6 man tent (you can stand up in) and for a family of 5, try an 8 man tent. The extra space is invaluable for the amount clothes/toys/food you need to take.

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2. Choose your site wisely

There are as many camp sites as there are types of family.  If you’re the kind of family that wants entertainment in the evening, then a field in the middle of nowhere won’t be for you. If you’re looking for a peaceful break, then obviously the opposite applies. Check reviews about the facilities; there are few things worse than filthy toilets with a newly toilet trained toddler. Most sites are well looked after and some have specific family bathrooms.

Other things to consider: Do you want electric hook up? Is there a play area? Can you take a gazebo? Do they allow camp fires?

Mini Travellers love Blackmore Camping and Caravan Site 

4 Tips for Camping with Kids

Halfords have also produced ‘The Ultimate Camping Guide’ which is available to download for free from the Halfords website.  The guide is designed to give you all the information you need to get started, from what gear you will need, tips and includes suggested campsite locations.

3. Write a Packing List.

Halfords have a list on the back of their guide which is a really helpful starting point but add to your list those things that make your days out with kids more fun too. We took books, a football and a cricket set.

4. Have fun and relax.

It can sound like a lot of work, and it is. But sitting around a BBQ with friends in a beautiful place, with the kids happily running around and climbing trees is worth it. Make memories of weekends under canvas together, exploring some amazing places and having adventures that you just can’t replicate at home or in a hotel.

4 Tips on Camping with Kids

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Mini Travellers

Karen Beddow founded Mini Travellers in 2014 while doing what she loves most...going on holiday!

Mini Travellers is for parents looking for holiday ideas, destination reviews, days out and things to do with the kids. We also have family travel tips, activity ideas and all other things family holiday related. Take a look at some of our latest reviews for holidays and day trips in the UK.


  1. October 19, 2016 at 4:06 am — Reply

    Though, I don’t have kids YET! lol. this is a very useful tips since me and my cousins are (who are younger than me) going camping this coming december. This going to be fun. Thank you, worth to share! 🙂

  2. January 11, 2017 at 9:40 am — Reply

    Going camping with kids requires extra, in everything. It could turn out to be a roller coaster ride. Good thing we have articles like this to guide us. Thanks author!

  3. February 6, 2017 at 1:02 pm — Reply

    Hi Karen, your kids are very adorable and nice to see this post “4 Tips for Camping with Kids” a travel resource site to inspire families to travel with kids of all ages and I think it is the best tips for kids make comfortable for travelling. I really very appreciate your post and your work. It is the best tips that you made for kids.

  4. April 19, 2017 at 10:39 pm — Reply

    Wow, great post! This can certainly be challenging and choosing the right tent is certainly very important. Thanks for sharing!

  5. May 24, 2017 at 12:55 pm — Reply

    Camping with kids needs a lot of extra effort. We carry my son in camping since his 2yrs old. When he was kid we suffer a lot for him. But as he grow up and learns to things do by himself now we enjoy our camping trip with him.

    Thanks for sharing your post…the kids are so cute.

  6. May 29, 2017 at 8:22 pm — Reply

    Most important reminder of this article surely is the packing list for me.

    I always forget half of what I needed for the trip!

    Helpful info right here. Thanks a mill!

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