What to look for in a kid-friendly camping site by Jessica Nave for Hike it Baby

Are you thinking about taking a family camping adventure? Besides thinking about what to pack and what campground to visit, where you set up your tent can be just as important in having a successful family camping trip.

Location, location, location

Location — Location is a huge factor when selecting a campsite. Picking a campsite that isn’t super close to other campers can be very beneficial. This allows you to not be worried about the noise your kids make while ensuring the memories you’re making aren’t disruptive to other campers. On the flip side, you also don’t have to worry too much about other campers staying up late when you’re trying to put your kids to bed.

Playground — Close proximity to a playground can be something else to look for in a kid-friendly campsite. This will give your kids ample chance to burn off energy close to camp. If you’re cooking, packing for a hike or cleaning up after breakfast, your kids can spend time on the playground before your family heads off for your next adventure.

Restrooms — Another factor to consider is the distance to the bathroom. If your kids are potty-trained, it will be helpful to get to the bathroom quickly. Bathrooms with running water may also need to be considered if you’re looking to be able to flush toilets, shower and wash baby items when needed.

Campground location — The location of the entire campground can be important as well. You may want to camp in an area that is close to a grocery store so you can buy food supplies when you arrive instead of packing everything before you leave home.

Planning your hikes, activities

Near trail heads — The location of your campsite can also help when planning your family’s hikes. Campsites near short trails can be helpful for young hikers depending on their own two feet. Flat areas are also helpful for young hikers.

Swimming — If your family enjoys swimming, making sure your site is near lakes will save you time driving to a swimming location. However, you may not want to be too close to water if you have young children who can’t swim.

Biking — Another fun camping activity kids enjoy is biking, so planning your site on a loop or cul-de-sac can allow children to bike in circles while staying close to home base.

What to look for in a kid-friendly camping site by Jessica Nave for Hike it Baby

Staying safe and healthy while camping

The last thing you want when enjoying the outdoors away from home is to deal with an injury or illness. Poison ivy is a common concern on the trails. Looking for clear trails of rock or sand may be helpful in avoiding dangerous plants on trail.

Flat and sandy areas near the campsite can give kids a place to run around and burn energy. These flat areas away from rocks and poison ivy can create a safe place for kids to have fun. Additionally, some campsites may be near steps. Avoiding these campsites will be helpful so you don’t have to worry about missing a step when climbing back up in the dark.

If you’re camping with young children, a wide campsite with room to set up a Pack ‘n Play is something you may want to look for. With baby safe in the Pack ‘n Play, you can have a campfire without fear baby will get too close.

Whatever campground or campsite you choose, make some great memories and learn from your experience!

Let us know in the comments below what you look for in a kid-friendly campsite.

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Photos by Jessica Human and Ashley Scheider.


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