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REI Quarterdome 3 overlooking the Yellowstone River
Camping and Hiking, Camping and Hiking Tips, Road Trip Tips With Kids

Family Camping Checklist

If you are like most people, a family camping trip usually starts off without a family camping checklist. It comes with grand ambitions of leaving early in the morning, pitching the tent together, doing some sort of recreational activity, and then relaxing by the fire roasting marshmallows while the Instagram worthy meal heats up and the picnic table is set. What usually happens, however, is a mad scramble to pack the car that extends close to noon, you end up at McDonald’s for a late lunch, and you pitch the tent in the dark while the kids groan about being hungry. You then realize you brought hot dogs, but forgot condiments. Trust me, I’m not throwing shade, we’ve been there more often than we’d like to admit! And you have landed here so we are making a few assumptions.

Fortunately, after three kids and countless outdoor adventures, we feel pretty good about the essentials of camping with toddlers and young kids. Our family camping checklist has been curated after years of fine-tuning for a minimalist list of car camping essentials and fun activities, leaving behind the camping gear you just don’t need!

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Camping and Hiking, Camping and Hiking Tips, Travel Tips

Toddler car camping essentials

There’s something magical about sleeping under the stars as a child. The unbounded imagination of a toddler runs wild while thinking about the galaxy. Engaging in pretend play with a pile of sticks or scavenger hunting for leaves or animal tracks is hard to top. This is of course except when considering the pure joy of smashing around inside a tent, hiding from mom and dad only to pop out the back entrance. The thought of arranging such an adventure may seem a bit overwhelming, but to ease your anxiety, we’ve come up with an essential guide for car camping with toddlers.

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