When your kids want to go camping, you don’t want to because tent camping is not your thing. Let them explore and get used to camping under the stars in their own backyard! Here are 12 Backyard Campout Essentials for Kids that you’ll want to have on hand.
12 Backyard Camping Essentials for Kids
Summer is upon us, and so is the heat, but that doesn’t stop the kids from wanting to have fun in their backyards. My 6 yr old son wants to have a backyard campout, but we think he’s too young, so I told him we could pretend. I prepared a list of backyard campout essentials so he could have a pretend backyard campout and for us adults, who one day will go on a real tent campout!
I bought this new tent for my son because I know we will eventually use it for “real” camping one day. My husband put the tent up on the left side of the yard. I wanted to make sure I had all the essentials to make it fun for them, even though it’s just pretending. I asked my son and his friend to help me develop a few things that they would want at a campout. They both said popcorn, so that’s a must.
Backyard Camping Essentials for Kids
- A goo reliable tent, of course, but get one big enough for a family.
- Sleeping bag/pillow (they can always sleep under the stars, right?)
- Bug spray
- An excellent reliable flashlight for each camper
- Extra batteries (just in case a camper comes with a nonworking flashlight)
- Kids’ Summer Camping Box
- Enough popcorn for each kid
- Water to drink
- Outdoor games
- Ask each camper to bring their favorite stuffed animal, blanket, or whatever they sleep with.
- A small brush & pail for clean up afterward or just let the birds eat the crumbs!!
- Most importantly, get parents’ phone numbers (if someone wants to go home); you never know!
I’m not sure what the right age is to let kids have a backyard campout, but if I know my son, I would also prepare a space for indoor sleeping just if he and his friend get scared. But these backyard camping essentials for Kids are perfect for pretend camping too.
Batteries for Camping
There are two things I don’t ever want to run out of, and that is batteries and toilet paper! So I make sure I stock up on both. Energizer batteries are a great brand to have on hand.
Energizer® Vision HD+ Focus LED Headlight is the highest performing of the Energizer vision headlights having a 250-lumen output and beam distance of 80M. It can also be customized to the desired width. It’s water and impact-resistant, and that’s a good thing if your kid is wearing it!! We also found that it can be switched to a red light, which my son thought was pretty cool.
My husband is all over the Energizer® Fusion LED Folding Lantern. I don’t always get products to review that he can use, but this time I did. With its 330 lumen output, he’ll be taking this on his hunting and fishing trips. He already told me after this “pretend” campout he was hiding it from the little one! It’s a must backyard campout essentials for anyone who wishes to set up a pretend backyard campout for their kiddos.
Happy backyard camping!