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5 Camping Essentials to Pack for a Family Trip

Whether you’re the camping-every-weekend kind of family or you’ve never had the joy of wrestling with a tent (if you don’t know what we’re talking about… just wait), there’s nothing worse than getting settled at your campsite and realizing you forgot something. Or more than one thing.

So if you’re planning your next trip, here are our top five camping essentials that you can’t leave home without. 

  1. Sleeping Bags 

Okay, we’re starting with an obvious one. But only because it’s an important one! Especially if you’ve got little ones, you’ll want to make sure to bring plenty of warm blankets and sleeping bags. Just in case there’s a bit of a coldspell, you’ll also want to pack a few extra pairs of socks. For extra cold nights or trips closer towards the fall, you should plan on bringing some beanies and hats. Early mornings can often be a bit brisk before you get a chance to huddle around the fire. 

  1. First Aid Kit

Especially if you are planning to go hiking, rafting, fishing, or any number of outdoor activities, you’ll want to pack a first aid kit. There are a variety of different options, from basic bandaid boxes to outdoor rescue packages. It’s up to you and your family to find the one that’s right for you. 

  1. Lantern or Flashlight

There’s nothing worse than waking up in the middle of the night to a noise outside your campsite. In the event you need to get something from your car or make a quick trip to the campsite facilities or bathroom, you’ll need to pack a flashlight. 

  1. Plates and Utensils 

Assuming you and your family are not just eating granola bars or trail mix (which you might be… and that’s okay, too!), make sure to pack plates and utensils. The last thing you want is to get everyone gathered around for dinner, only to find there’s no way to enjoy the meal you’ve prepared. If you want to keep your packing list lean, we suggest opting for hands-on food instead. Burgers, hotdogs, and other sandwiches help keep waste to a minimum.

  1. Hand Washing Supplies, like Washawaze Dissolving Soap Sheets

Sticky, post-s’mores hands? We’ve all been there. And wet wipes or paper towels can only do so much… Before you leave the house, make sure to bring a few packs of Washawaze dissolving soap sheets. These are perfect for on-the-go hand washing, no matter if you’re around the fire or at the top of the trail. One square with a small splash of water will create a smooth, sudsy hand soap. 


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