14 Creative Hacks for Camping with Kids
Brisbane Kids love camping. The idea of staying out after dark, having fun around a campfire, spending time together in nature and sleeping under the stars is so exciting for them! They even get excited about the packing! Sadly, that isn’t always the case for the adults. Well, to tempt you to give a camping trip a go or to help you prepare for your next outdoor adventure, we’ve put together this fun list of creative camping hacks!
1. Pack like a pro
Packing for a camping trip can be a chore, but check out this awesome way of packing clothes! (The full process can be seen on Pinterest here.) Not only does it save space but it also keeps kids’ entire outfits all neatly enclosed together!
2. Foam flooring
Take along your kids’ foam playmat (like this one from Kmart) to make the flooring of your tent so much more comfortable. It’s bright and fun and so much cheaper than other camping equipment options!
3. Glow-stick games
Glow sticks alone are great for kids when camping, but you can even use them to create some fun night-time games. Why not try a cool game of night-time bowling (found on Pinterest) or ring toss (found on Listotic)?!
4. Instant lantern
Strap a headtorch to a container of water for an instant camping lantern that gives off a lovely glow to light up your tent or outdoor area.
5. Star gazing made simple
Don’t know your Big Dipper from your Southern Cross but want to teach your Brisbane Kids? No worries! Just download a free star gazing app like Sky Map to help you find and identify planets and constellations.
6. Keep the bugs away
Keep the bugs away with this easy recipe for natural, home made insect repellent found on Offbeat Families.
7. DIY mattresses
Make DIY mattresses for your Brisbane Kids like these seen on Indulgy. You can use one piece of material or simply sew together some pillowcases!
8. Fun campfire food
Campfire cooking with kids is fun and tasty! For awesome ideas for camping treat recipes check out Campfires in Brisbane and Delicious Campfire Recipes, like this brilliant and simple brownie orange idea from Camping with Gus.
9. Handy holder
Keep your toilet paper safe and handy with this great holder seen on Facebook, which is easily made from a re-shaped wire coat hanger. Simple and effective!
10. Stop the itch
A must-have item for your camping first-aid kit is antiseptic cream, but our top choice is one with local anaesthetic too — not only does it numb the pain of any cuts or burns but it is also awesome for stopping the itchiness of nasty mossie or midge bites!
11. Spooky stories
Kids love spooky stories around the campfire. If you’re struggling for inspiration, you can find lots of stories on Ultimate Camp Resource, or why not download this cool fill-them-in template from Spoonful so kids can get involved and customise their own campfire tales?!
12. Embrace nature
The best thing about camping with kids is letting them explore the great outdoors. So our simplest hack for keeping your Brisbane Kids entertained while camping is to send them on a fun nature scavenger hunt! You can set up your own or better still, why not simply download one of our awesome printables from here?!
13. Bath in a box
Washing little ones while camping can be difficult, but this simple bath-in-a-box idea seen on Two Cent Sparrow is the perfect solution!
14. Choose the best camping spot
Searching for a camping spot that’s right for you is time consuming and difficult, right? Not any more! We’ve done all the hard work for you in our guide to family friendly camping, with reviews of the best camping areas in our region and lists like Your Favourite Camping Spots to help you get the most out of your camping holiday!