Five Things That You Can't Afford to Forget on a Family Camping Trip

By Jacob Walnut

It’s summertime and you know what that means – family camping trips! While there isn’t a shadow of a doubt that family camping trips are fun, heading out into the wilderness unprepared definitely isn’t. If you remember to pack the five things listed below, then you’ll be well on your way to a great trip to the woods.


Even if the campsite you are staying at has water spigots, bring an extra jug or two of water. Sometimes the plumbing at faraway campsites gives out and you’re unable to use the water. In addition, a water purifier is a nice tool to have handy on a long hike.

Batteries and Flash Lights

If there is a single item that is forgotten the most on camping trips, it would be safe to say that it is batteries! Flashlights probably come in at a close second. Luckily, the two go together so it’s easy to remember one if you remember the other. You never know when you might need to find your way to the bathroom in the dark of the night. Speaking of that…

Toilet Paper

Yep, those late-night flashlight-lit trips into the dark might also require an extra roll of toilet paper. Most campgrounds are on top of their bathroom maintenance (especially during the summer months), but you can never be too safe. Bring a roll or two along just in case!

Bug Repellent

While the summer warmth sure is nice, it is also a breeding ground for bugs ranging from pesky mosquitos to absolutely disgusting black flies. For this reason, packing a bottle of bug repellent for your camping trip is important, especially if you have children. Nothing ruins an outdoors experience for a child (or anyone) like dozens of itching mosquito bites.

A Good Attitude

Sure, it might sound corny, but having a good attitude is absolutely essential for having a good time on a family camping trip. Small accidents do happen and things get forgotten at home, but in most cases these mishaps can be smoothed over with a good sense of humor. Camping is all about family so leave your stress and worries behind for a few days.

Camping is one of the most beloved summertime activities for families in the United States. If you’ve ever been, then you know why! Following the suggestions offered here will ensure that your camping trip is one for the record books.