What to Bring on a Family Camping Trip

What to Bring on a Family Camping Trip
A weekend in the outdoors with the family is a wonderful way to experience nature and enjoy each other's company. However, knowing what to take along with you not only makes the trip more comfortable, but can save lives. Bringing the right tools and supplies for a safe and fun family trip to the campground is paramount. Getting caught unprepared can bring about anything from minor discomfort to injury to death. It pays to expect the worst and pack for anything that might go wrong.

Types of Things to Pack

Pack enough warm clothes for the whole family. Jackets, gloves, beanies and boots are musts. Thermal underclothes are excellent, especially if small children are present. Such atttire efficiently traps body heat, which is great protection against frigid temperatures. Also recommended are hiking boots of good quality.

Bringing along a flashlight is also mandatory. Waterproof and shockproof flashlights are the most reliable. LED lights are now offered that have amazing candlepower and battery life. Pack extra batteries also.

Time Frame

The importance of having enough food and water to last the whole camping trip cannot be overstressed. Bring up to twice the amount of food and drinks you think will be necessary, in case you get stranded or lost or simply decide to stay another day. Before the trip, keep an eye on the weather forecast for the area you will be visiting. Make certain that nothing horrible is on its way.


Insect repellent should also be on your list. Bug bites are common, especially in the early evening hours. Consider taking along a citronella candle or two. They help repel insects and animals alike. Also be aware that flying things will be attracted to lantern lights at night, which will aid in keeping them off you.

Don't forget trash bags. Littering is illegal and carries hefty fines. Bears and big cats have very keen senses of smell and love rummaging through trash, so it is highly recommended that you pack your refuse in bags and place them inside a vehicle or trailer, so you don't draw an unwanted, hungry visitor.


A quality first-aid kit should include sterile dressings, antibiotic ointment, burn cream, bandages in several sizes, Tylenol or ibuprofen, a thermometer and eyewash. Some kits also come with a needle and thread for emergency stitches. It is good to include a new lighter or matches as well, in case emergency fire is needed. Put the kit in a place where everyone can reach it, and make sure everyone knows its location so it can be retrieved quickly.


Article Written By Derek Odom

Derek Odom has been an avid off-road trail enthusiast for over 10 years. Coupled with his love for four-wheel drive trails and safety is a love for camping and the outdoors. Through the years, he has acquired great knowledge of outdoor activities and enjoys sharing that information with interested readers.

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