Family camping gear for all ages

Gear that will help elevate your family-friendly campsite. Sample packing lists provided by Helen Olsson, author of The Down and Dirty Guide to Camping With Kids. Find a complete family-camping packing list on Olsson’s blog, maddogmom.com.

Hardware

Tent (with poles, stakes, and rainfly) / Scouting magazine pick: the Big House 4 ($400) by Big Agnes
Tarp (ground cloth)
Extra plastic tarp
Rope
Vestibule mat
Sleeping bags / Scouting magazine pick: the Woobie 30 ($65) by Kelty for kids up to 4 feet tall and the Illumi-Bug ($35) by Coleman for kids up to 5 feet, 5 inches tall
Sleeping pads / Scouting magazine pick: Megamat Duo 10 ($370) by Exped fits two adults
Pillows
Screen house

Camp Kitchen

Camp stove / Scouting magazine pick: Triton Propane Stove ($70) by Coleman
Fuel
Pots / Scouting magazine pick: Bugaboo Base Camper Cookset ($95) by GSI Outdoors
Pans
Skillet
Grill rack
Cutting board
Sharp knife
Measuring cup
Measuring spoons
Spatula
Big spoon
Long-handled tongs
Strainer
Plates
Bowls
Cups
Insulated coffee cups
Coffee making device / Scouting magazine pick: Adventure Percolator Coffee Pot ($40) by Stanley
Water bottles / Scouting magazine pick: Thermalock Maddie Stainless Steel Water Bottle ($13) by Contigo
Utensils
Marshmallow sticks
Corkscrew
Bottle opener
Pot lifter
Aluminum foil
Small plastic bags
Large plastic bags
Plastic tablecloth
Extra-large tablecloth clips or tablecloth weights
Tupperware containers
Matches, lighter, or fire stick
Collapsible water container
Water purifier (optional)
Drink coozies
Coolers

Camp Kitchen Cleanup

Plastic washbasins
Sponge with scouring pad
Small scrubber brush
Old washcloths or tea towels
Biodegradable camp soap
Grocery-store plastic bags (for small amounts of garbage)
Tall kitchen garbage bags
Paper towels
Baby wipes
Clothesline and clothespins

Find the full family-camping packing list on Olsson’s blog, maddogmom.com.

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