Flashlights, Headlamps and Lanterns
Light up the night. As an adult you might find the idea of a starry night romantic and peaceful, but it is doubtful your kids will share that fantasy with you. Kids like light. They find it fun, fascinating and, most importantly, comforting. Make sure each child has his/her own flashlight, headlamp or glow stick. Bring extras to stash in key places like the sleeping and eating areas and in the car. Bring extra batteries as well.
Kid-Sized Sleeping Bags
Keep the kids warm and cozy in a bag that is just their size. Your kids will love the feeling of being "just like mommy and daddy" in quality sleeping bags sized right for kids. With styles available from mummy bags to rectangular bags, you can be sure your kids are warm and happy.
Let your kids spread their wings in their own tent. Kids' tents are easy to set up and durable enough to withstand a little roughhousing. Your older children will enjoy the freedom and independence that their own space gives them and you can rest easier knowing they are protected from the elements.
Outfit your little explorers with children's backpacks. Ideal for a day hike or a treasure hunt, children's backpacks are essential to any outdoor packing list. Kids' backpacks are designed to fit comfortably on small bodies and are made to withstand the wear and tear of children.
Gadgets and Gizmos
Teach your children about nature with equipment built for them. Equip your children with binoculars, compasses, magnifying glasses and/or cameras that are made for their smaller hands. Children's camping accessories often include features such as shock absorption and extra-durable cases.
Safe and Sanitary
Be ready for accidents. The most basic and essential equipment for camping with children is a comprehensive first aid kit. Your kit should include but not be limited to band-aids, antiseptic ointment, gauze, tape, scissors, sun-block, bug spray, burn relief and any medications that your children take or may need in an emergency, such as inhalers or epi pins. Also include extra toilet paper, antibacterial hand gel and wet wipes.
Ease them peacefully to sleep. Children, especially young ones, don't sleep well outside of their familiar places. Bring one comfort item from home, such as a favorite pair of pajamas, stuffed animal or blanket. Although not technically camping equipment, this extra will help your young ones relax and enjoy their experience.