Slideshow Iconslideshows MORE

|

12 Essential Camping Supplies

by Erin Dower

Camping can be a fun and cheap family activity or vacation. But you do need quite a few supplies to manage life in the great outdoors. Find out what you'll need to pack for your next camping adventure, and remember to check with your campground to see if they supply items like picnic tables and firewood, and whether fully functional restrooms are available. Consider doing a test-run in your backyard if your family is new to camping. Also, check out the best camping foods and recipes!

Previous
1 of 13
Tent,Campsite

Tent


This seems like a no-brainer. Unless you're sleeping under the stars or you have a camper or RV, don't forget the obvious: a tent! If you haven't camped since last year, open up your tent to air it out, make sure it's not musty or moldy, and check that you have all the poles, stakes, and the fly, or the extra fabric or tarp that goes over the top to help keep rain out. Sometimes tents don't fit as many people as they advertise, so check the measurements and user reviews when you're buying one.

Next: Sleeping Bag and Pillow

More on: Travel and Vacations

highlights

Special Books for the Kids You Love
Celebrate 20 years of sharing love to the moon and back with the anniversary edition of Guess How Much I Love You, one of the world’s best-loved picture books. Plus, search our Book Finder for more great book picks. Brought to you by Candlewick Press.

Vote Now for the Children's & Teen Choice Book Awards
Voting is open now through May 3 for the Children's and Teen Choice Book Awards — the only national book awards program where the winning author, illustrator, and books of the year are selected by young readers. Encourage your child to vote for his favorites today!

Top 10 Math & Science Apps for Your Whiz Kid
Looking for the best math and science apps for kids? Check out these cool apps for all ages, which will grow your child's love of the STEM subjects (science, technology, engineering, and math).

Registered for Kindergarten — Now What?
Wondering what to do now that you've signed your child up for kindergarten? Try our award-winning Kindergarten Readiness app! This easy-to-use checklist comes with games and activities to help your child build essential skills for kindergarten. Download the Kindergarten Readiness app today!

stay connected

Sign up for our free email newsletters and receive the latest advice and information on all things parenting.

Enter your email address to sign up or manage your account.

Facebook icon Facebook icon Follow Us on Pinterest

editor’s picks