What to pack
For brilliant days in the great outdoors and peaceful nights in the tent, here are some top things to bring for your kids:
Great tents will usually have separate sleeping compartments for kids and parents, so you needn’t disturb your little ones when it’s time to hit the hay. Having some living space indoors is also a plus for escaping unpredictable weather.
Kids’ camping chairs are great for making sure that you don’t get wet when sitting down for breakfast on dew-covered grass or after the inevitable rain shower!
Designed with little ones in mind, these help keep the kids as snug as a bug! Comfort is key for a good night’s sleep.
Board games and playing cards
Card and board games are a great way of entertaining yourselves in the evening. For ideas of card games to play, look up Gin Rummy, Sevens, Snap and Cheat!
If the sea’s not too far away, buckets, spades and nets are all essentials for making the most of the beach! Additionally, pack blankets for sitting on, Tupperware for keeping sand out of snacks and a windbreak to protect your family from the nippy coastal breeze.
A campsite’s open skies are the perfect place for your kids to master their Frisbee technique and flying kites!
Balls, bats and chalk
There’s hours of fun to be had for all the family in games like rounders and campsite cricket. A stick of chalk’s essential for mapping out courts and playing areas, and also great for other games like hopscotch and noughts and crosses.
Torch and batteries
These are crucial for any night-time walks, either around the campsite after dinner or for toilet trips. Head torches are great for navigating when it’s late and will keep your hands free for turning the pages of your kids’ best bedtime books. Keep all your torches within reach so you’re not rooting through all your luggage in the middle of the night!
You won’t be toasting marshmallows on the campfire without these.
These are incredibly handy for keeping the kids’ tablets and iPads fully charged! Today’s tech can bring a lot to your family’s outdoors experience, check out our tips for stargazing for more ideas below!
Keep your fruit, veg and perishables cool so that your kids can eat well and healthily! Chill a few beers or a bottle of wine as a reward for mum and dad once the tents are up and the kids’ heads are down for the night.
Our favourite fun activities
There are so many different things that families can do when camping, both on the campsites themselves and in their surrounding areas:
Help out with the cooking - camping offers a great chance for kids to get stuck in, read our top tips below!
Learn to build a campfire ? spend an afternoon scavenging for dry wood of all shapes and sizes. Kindle a fire with twigs, newspaper and fire lighters, before building it up with medium and bigger logs.
Toast your own marshmallows - be patient and toast your mallows in the fire’s cooler embers, that way they won’t get burnt!
Make up your own ghost story and then tell it to your family.
Create art from nature ? out of shells and rocks from the beach or a wood’s twigs and leaves.
Build sandcastles on the beach ? dig out a moat around your castle and fill it up with water.
Design a den from logs and twigs and use it as a prison in cops and robbers or a fort for princess and knights.
Learn a new card game ? have a look for online suggestions of age appropriate games!
Go on a scavenger hunt ? if you’re a parent, give your kids hours of fun by preparing a trail of items and clues to lead your kids all over the campsite!
Stargaze ? explore the night sky! Check out our instructions below?
Catch a crab in a bucket ? examine its shell and intricate legs before popping it back into its water habitat.
Swim in the sea ? pack your swimming kit and go splashing in the sea!
Find frogspawn ? if you’re planning a camping trip in the first few months of the year, see if you can spot some frogspawn in a shady shallow pond.
Climb a tree ? make sure you have an adult watching, and make sure to pick a sturdy tree.
Visit a farm and meet some animals you might not normally see in the city.
Feed an animal, but make sure you have permission of the animal’s owner first!
Go climbing at an onsite climbing wall or have a go at scrambling with an instructor.
Try out a new sport whilst you’re away. Volleyball nets are a classic sight at many UK campsites and beaches.
Try a new food ? see if you can try some local specialities. Pasties are renowned in Cornwall, whilst Welsh cakes are a fave in the land of the dragon.
Go on a long ride on your bike and explore your campsite's local scenery.
Hike up a tall hill, give yourselves a challenge and enjoy a view from the top!
Have a water fight- grab some buckets and super-soakers and dry off in the sun once you’re done!
Befriend other kids in the campsite ? return to the same place and maybe you might see them again next year!
Try white-water rafting or kayaking for an adrenaline fueled water experience!