What do you buy an outdoorsy kid? If you have any kids that love to go camping, then be sure to read our ultimate list of the best camping gifts for kids.
My hope is that these cool camping gifts will inspire your family to get outside more and enjoy what could be a very budget-friendly travel experience.
Or maybe even just enjoy some of these in your own backyard!
Camping with kids can be a great way to make those lasting memories that we talk about on our blog. Living each day to the fullest, whether it be full-time travel, RV living, or just spending time learning with home education resources together.
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As a full time RVing family, we learned quickly how much kids love camping.
They are allowed to play in the dirt, have a bonfire, use their imagination in ways they don’t usually do indoors, and best of all spend some intentional time together outdoors as a family.
Since we travel with kids ourselves, we've learned a few things about what kids need and appreciate in our camping experiences. Or at least, I’ve spent a lot of time looking for great ideas that I want to share with you.
Start dreaming of visiting and hiking in some of the best National Parks with your kids. Get them excited about taking the camper out later this year, or planning a tent camping excursion.
Planning on visiting any National Parks this year? Then grab your America The Beautiful National Park pass here.
Here is a list of the best camping gear for kids that you can give them anytime of the year.
Camping outside means you might be setting out camping chairs around the campfire.
Get a lightweight and portable quad chair made for kids so that it’s easier to move it around themselves and their little bottoms fit well.
Did you know that there are child-sized sleeping bags for camping? It gives kids a sense of independence and it’s super comfy when they use it outdoors or even in their own bed at home.
When looking for a sleeping bag for kids, consider getting insulated and roomy ones.
It’s important to keep kids hydrated during camping trips. I think letting them each have their own water bottle allows them to feel responsible and grown-up.
Take a look at this insulated and leak-resistant Yeti Rambler Jr. Vacuum Water Bottle or this trendy Hydro Flask Wide-Mouth Vacuum Water Bottle with Straw Lid.
If you plan to do some hiking during your camping trips, then your kids might really love having their own water hydration pack.
Hiking is almost always a twin deal with camping so it’s best to be prepared for it. What’s a better gift for an outdoorsy child than getting your child their own hiking backpack?
Check out REI kids backpacks, because let’s face it, REI knows hiking and has some of the best kids camping gear.
Camping means more exposure to the sun. Make sure the kids are protected from the heat by gifting them with useful sun hats you can add to your kids camping gear.
Buying your child their own small tent might get them pretty excited to get out for you next big family camping trip. This highly rated dome tent at REI would be a prefect tent to pitch in the backyard from some at-home exploring.
A camping pad can be a great gift for kids who plan to do some tent camping. This pad is the highest rated and I love how it self-inflates.
It makes for a much more comfortable sleeping experience.
Many families find that hammocks are a great addition to their camping gear. Kids can swing in one for hours, sit and read, or even sleep in a hammock on your next big camping trip.
This hammock is highly rated and folds up so small that you could bring it with you just about anywhere.
If you want to help your child feel well prepared for the outdoors, yet still get them something they can use even when you're not camping, then I'd suggest investing in some quality outdoor clothes.
You can't go wrong by shopping at REI either online, or in their stores. They have a generous return policy and even offer free shipping in the US.
Specifically, we love the KUHL brand for excellent quality clothes. You can buy great hiking pants for kids that have adjustable waists directly from Kuhl, or from REI.com.
You can add a set of binoculars to your list of camping gifts ideas for kids.
Going camping gives them the best opportunities to look at wildlife or go birdwatching. Not to mention, they are a fun addition to your kids camping supplies.
Check out these waterproof kids binoculars.
Gifting kids walkie-talkies will not only help them, but it will also help the parents! Monitoring is easier if you provide kids with a device where the adults can easily talk to them even if they run around and most kids love having them.
Check this 2-way walkie-talkie for kids with an emergency alarm system and LED light.
Kids love feeling like they are in-charge when having fun outside. Make the experience better for them by giving them a whistle. I can say that this is one of the best camping gifts for boys.
Since it’s for kids, it’s important to find a whistle with a good safety clip like this one. Or check this whistle with a high decibel (so you’re sure the kids can be heard even if they’re farther away).
Camping is not complete without GAMES! Here’s a list of some fun camping toys for kids that you can take on your next family camping experience. These would be great to play around the campsite.
Ring toss is an absolute classic. It’s never a bad gift for kids!
What’s more, it’s very easy to bring along and can be played by a number of kids or the whole family, adults love ring toss, too!
Cornhole is another crowd favorite when it comes to camping games. BUT the usual models (made of wood or plastic) can be pretty hard to bring along.
Luckily, I found this very portable GoSports Cornhole Toss Game. You’ll have less worries because it’s foldable and can be stored in a compact case.
Did you know there are kites you can fly that are small enough to fit in your pocket? Check out this cool pocket flyer from REI, as it might make the perfect gift.
Some kids love playing, getting dirty, and doing exploring when they camping. Yet, some can really enjoy documenting their adventures.
Gift a kid who loves camping a journal and see how much they’ll treasure it. This Family Camping Journal is a great option if you’re giving it to a child who’s just starting on journaling.
If the child is a little experienced in writing in journals and wants to help your family keep track of your campsite statistics and details about your trip, then check out this journal I mentioned in my ultimate RV logbook post before.
It has designated spaces for camping information, somewhat like a guide. They can even paste some photographs in the spaces provided, isn’t that fun?
Let's face it, we are living in the digital age. Even if we spend a lot of times outdoors, our kids often see us using our cameras and cell phones to take photos or short videos of our experiences.
If you're looking for a gift idea that will wow your child for your next outdoor adventure, then I'd highly recommend buying a GoPro.
I love seeing crafts created by my kiddos. By giving them Camp Crafts, they can enjoy nature and be inspired by it.
This is a great camping gift for girls and boys alike. I love that this can be done at home and would fit well into any worldschooling or homeschooling experience, or just summer activities to keep the kids busy when they are out of school.
What’s the best activity you can do with kids while camping? That’s right, a scavenger hunt!
We’ve done a scavenger hunt with our kids before and they LOVED it. It gives them a sense of excitement for a very long period of time.
You can do this especially if you’re camping in a place with many trees. You can hide clues in a lot of spaces without having to move too far from the campsite.
Check out this Scavenger Hunt Board Game that’s enjoyable both indoors and outdoors, and see if your kids will like it!
A fun gift for young children is a bug catching camping set like this one. They can bring it with you on your camping trip, or use it in your own backyard.
To prepare your kids for an upcoming camping experience, you could give them a set of fun camping toys for kids like this set. They could play with it in your living room or backyard.
A fun birthday or Christmas gift for an adventurer kid is this fun outdoor explorer set. This is one of those outdoor gifts for kids that will keep them busy for hours.
Another great set of outdoor gifts for kids is this Nature Kit that comes in a very handy case you can bring along with you. I love that it has a compass and whistle too.
This is a fun gift idea for kids that they can wear anytime. When it comes in most handy is when they are out in nature and may need help. Not only can you unravel the cord in case of an emergency, it also has a compass and whistle.
This paracord bracelet made just for kids even has a fire scraper and emergency knife!
Finding camping gifts for kids doesn’t have to be hard. Think about what you would need to camp and then see if it comes child-size.
Now, if your family is a National Park lover then check this list of some great National Park gifts that might work for your child.
Remember to always consider your child’s preferences when looking for camping gifts. Not every kid will pick a board game over a journal. Find the BEST gift considering the kids’ personalities, too.
By giving them these camping gifts they will be so excited to get outdoors and explore.
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