Camping With Kids? Remember to Pack These Items

Camping trips hold many adventures for kids of all ages. Packing the right gear and supplies is always a must, moreso when you’re bringing kids. Even when you’re bound for an outdoor resort that comes with modern amenities like Mystic Quarry in San Antonio, TX, it still pays to make a checklist that contains these items.

1. Light, Moisture-Wicking Clothes

Camping often requires lots of walking and time in the sun, so, it’s advised to pack light clothes made from fabric that dries rapidly. Be sure to bring waterproof and breathable jackets, long pants, long-sleeved clothes, swimwear, wool socks, sunglasses, sandals, and walking shoes with good grip.


2. Personal Items

When camping, you also need to bring personal items and toiletries like soap, a toothbrush, toothpaste, and a hairbrush for you and the kids. Don’t forget feminine hygiene products, wet wipes, first-aid kits, painkillers, and prescription medications. Sunscreen, hand sanitizer, toilet paper, lip balm, and bug spray are also must-haves for every camping kit. Pack only the necessities and pack light, especially if you are backpacking.   


3. Food, Drinks, and Kitchenware

Camping often involves cooking on your own. Choose pre-packaged snacks or freeze-dried camping meals that your kids love. And don’t forget the ingredients for S’mores!   

Most camping sites don’t have full kitchens where you can whip up a meal, so you will have to bring a camping stove with fuel and cookware. Glamorous camping destinations may have cooking facilities, but you should check ahead to see what they have to know what else you need to bring. 

Aside from food and cooking essentials, you would also have to bring reusable water bottles for each family member, utensils for eating and cooking, water filtration, dish soap, towels, knives, and a cutting board.


4. Camping Essentials

Being one with nature often means sleeping in a tent, which means you have to bring a tent large enough for the family, or multiples that can accommodate everyone — unless you’re booking a tipi or a tent at the campground. If you are pitching a tent, check that your tent has all the stakes and poles and bring a mallet. 

Tarps and sunshades, sleeping bags, sleeping pads, and travel pillows should also be on your list. Don’t forget folding tables, chairs, and your multi-tool, also. 


5. Toys for Camping Entertainment

When there are kids around, you may want to bring their bikes for the camping trip. Fishing gear and life jackets would be useful. Travel-sized board games and playing cards could also provide entertainment while your family is away from the rest of the world. 

Camping provides various learning opportunities for kids. To make sure everyone has an enjoyable time, pack all the necessities. Sometimes, traditional camping is too inconvenient, but you don’t have to miss out on the fun if you go for more comfortable glamping pods.

If you’re bound for the Canyon Lake Campgrounds in San Antonio, TX, get in touch with Mystic Quarry to experience the beauty of nature while enjoying modern conveniences.