I’ll never forget our first camping trip with the kids. My wife and I were quite comfortable in our usual outdoor gear, including fleece layers, water resistant pants, wool socks with hiking boots, and a raincoat. And while our kids were probably better dressed for the conditions than most their age (18 months and 3 years old), they did still get cold and wet due to their limited wardrobe. We’ve since learned what camping clothing works best for kids at a reasonable price and have shared those recommendations below, including a few creative ways to use the clothes beyond camping.
Our kids love camping with their dog! Our dog loves it too, with an opportunity to get out of the house for nearly unlimited smells while tagging along on some fun activities. Here are some tips for what we’ve learned to bring along for the dog to better enjoy the ride to the campground, camping itself, and activities like hiking and boating.
One of the things I enjoy most about camping is spending quality time with the kids while also teaching them more about outdoor activities and the various mechanical tasks required for camping away from civilization. My son and I just got back from a boys camping and biking trip where we had a perfect opportunity to focus on both.
Our first family camping trip was when our son was 3, our daughter only 18-months old. With them, our dog, and a borrowed tent we would soon learn was missing a few parts – we headed for the forest! More about that first overnight camping trip below, including why the whole family now loves camping despite a few hitches on the inaugural trip.