7 Amazing Tricks to Get the Most Out of Your Family’s Camping Holiday

To get the most out of your next camping trip with your family, these simple hacks will make it easier to pack and enjoy your time with the kids.

  1. Rent Camping Equipment

If you’ve never been camping, or you’re camping someplace where you’ll need to get the gear on location, renting camping equipment can be a great way to get all the things you need for your trip. This is a great option for families that only go camping once every few years. There’s no reason to have camping equipment cluttering your garage and gathering dust for years between uses. It can cost less to rent than to buy a tent, sleeping bags, cooking stoves or backpacking gear for your camping trip.

  1. Make Fire Starters at Home

There will be plenty of days during your camping vacation where it’s rainy or damp. That makes it hard to find tinder for starting a fire. You can make and bring your own fire starters from home without spending any extra money. Don’t throw away your cardboard toilet paper or paper towel rolls. Instead, fill them with lint from your dryer. You can glue the ends shut to keep the lint from escaping.

  1. Pack Effectively

Packing for your next camping trip will often start with figuring out how long you’ll be gone and where you’ll be sleeping. The basics are vital for any camping trip. You’ll need to consider food, clothing and shelter. Be ruthless in deciding what to pack for your trip. This is your time to get away from the city and be natural in the woods. When it comes to clothing, bathing suits, warm hoodies, dry socks and hiking shoes are essential basics. Plastic bins can help you organize all the food and accessories you’ll need for cooking. Make sure you bring foil since almost anything can be cooked over a fire in foil.

  1. Seating for Everyone

It’s not enough to have outdoor folding chairs while camping. You’ll need a place for the family to relax, read a good book or take a nap. Being outdoors all day will make anyone want a soothing nap. Hammocks are great for sleeping instead of tents for everyone too. You could hang the hammocks in one location under a large tarp. The entire family can be close, but not too close as to be annoying to each other.

  1. Glowing Accessories

One of the best parts of camping is when the kids get to play long past dark. You’ll feel safe letting them play nearby, but they’ll need items that glow or light up the dark. You could buy glow-in-the-dark necklaces and bracelets. Flashlights are fun to take out after dark, but for hands-free play, you could purchase headlamps. It’ll allow them to read after dark too.

  1. Stargazing

After dark, you could have everyone switch off their flashlights and headlamps to gaze at the stars. It’s fantastic when you normally live in the city since you can see way more stars in the woods. While you might want to live without technology during your trip, there are some apps that make stargazing easier. You won’t have to guess what constellation you’re look at with an app like Star Walk Stargazing or GoSky Watch.

  1. Brewed Coffee

An easy way to brew coffee is using coffee filters and dental floss. Make sure the floss isn’t flavored unless you want mint-flavored coffee. Place on scoop of coffee into the filter and tie it off with dental floss. Add hot water to your favorite mug and steep the filter of coffee in the water. You can leave it in for as long as you like to get the rich flavor you want. This simple hack will alleviate the need for extra equipment and leave you more space for other items.

7 Amazing Tricks to Get the Most Out of Your Family's Camping Holiday


  1. Doris Calvert says

    Some good little idea’s, thank you!

  2. We try to go every year to the local star party at Cyrpress Hills (SK SIDE) The group actually raised enough funds to build a telescope up there

  3. TColeman says

    We love to get out into nature when the weather gets warmer. These are such great tips!

  4. It’s such a great idea to make some fire starters at home before you camp! I can think of a few times I would have appreciated that while we were camping.

  5. Brewing some fresh coffee in the outdoors actually sounds really nice. I like the idea of bringing along some hammocks too!

  6. Great ideas. Those firestarters are a really clever idea. Bringing glow toys would be a lot of fun for the whole family at night.

  7. I love these ideas. We love to go camping whenever we can. It’s so much fun.

  8. I haven’t been camping in such a long time! Stargazing is such a great camping activity. I found some place mats that were laminated with constellations on them and took those on our last camping trip. It made stargazing even more fun.

  9. Claudia Krusch says

    Having the right camping equipment can really make a difference. Renting is a great way to save some money on some of the bigger ticket items.

  10. Ann Bacciaglia says

    Renting your camping equipment is a great idea. I do not go camping often so it would cost me a lot to buy everything I would need. I will have to look into renting some and taking the kids for a surprise trip.

  11. My kids have never been camping. This would be a great and affordable weekend idea for the summer! Love all the helpful tips!

  12. These are all important especially when you’re camping with the kids. It’s good to make sure that you have everything that you need! I think glow sticks would be so much fun!

  13. I have enough dryer lint after each load to make two fire starters lol! This is a good idea to be prepared for camping this year.

  14. I love these ideas. We go camping very rarely and I forget about important things!! Love the tip to make fire starters at home!

  15. My friend just taught us some amazing firestarter ideas when we went camping with girl scouts! My kids love camping and would love to go again soon!

  16. Making fire starters at home is on my to-do list. Thanks for the reminder!

  17. These are some great ideas. You need to be prepared when going camping. You never know what might happen when you get out there.

  18. We are going camping soon. This a great reminder for me. Thanks for sharing.

  19. Pamela King says

    The idea of homemade firestarters is an excellent suggestion. We haven’t gone camping in awhile but these are some great tips.

  20. Loving these tips. I want to take the kids camping this summer!

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