Looking for the best camping gifts for kids? With many people opting for staycations and road trips this year, kids camping gifts will be a big hit, all year round. Whether you are a camping family going for the first time, or just want get your kidlets excited for your upcoming family adventures, camping gifts are a great way to celebrate the Holidays, Christmas, Birthdays or any special occasion.
Outdoorsy kids will love these thoughtful and fun gifts, so read our ultimate list of camping gifts for kids.
Hopefully these ideas will inspire families to spend more time outdoors together, whether it’s exploring a national park down the road, or camping in your own backyard.
Read on for more exciting details and camping gifts suggestions.
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CAMPING GIFTS FOR KIDS
Kids Camping Gifts for Toddlers, 6, 7, 8, 9, 0r 10 Year olds, Tweens and Teens
BEST CAMPING GIFT IDEAS FOR OUTDOORSY KIDS
Our goal was to not only find fun camping gift ideas and items that are useful, but ones that are multipurpose and can be used at home, at a cabin or on your favourite camping trips. Fun for the entire family.
Our children love the chance to play in the dirt, collect nature treasures and roast marshmallows over a fire.
Best of all we have the opportunity to spend intentional time together as a family. Encouraging the love and care of the outdoors and the earth is something that is important to us.
Camping gear are cool outdoor gifts that help with all that your little explorers and the outdoor enthusiast.
For other gift ideas, check out our list of top gifts for travel lovers – all ages.
Camping Gear for Kids (They’ll Actually Use)
Kids love a good hammock hangout, and colourful hammocks make a fun and cool camping gifts for both teens and younger kids.
This hammock is very well rated, lightweight and folds up into a small grapefruit sized pouch. Easy to take anywhere. A fun addition for your next camping trip.
Tweens and teens can swing or read a book in it for hours (getting the space they need), and younger kids can swing wildly pretending they are in a boat, space ship, coccoon. It can also be used as a cool outdoor sleeping experience.
Hammocks are a popular Birthday gifts and Christmas gifts for both little kids and older kids.
Kids Camping Chairs
Camping chairs are a hit with kids of all ages and essential camping gear for kids (and adults). Choose a small lightweight one that is easy for them to carry around. Fun for tent camping, RV camping, visiting a National Park, or just hanging out in your own backyard.
For the younger crowd choose a character theme or cute animal camping chair like the Melissa and Doug Butterfly Camping Chairs, and you will be their favourite adult.
Best Kids Camping Gifts: Sleeping bags!
What’s a campout without a sleeping bag? Buying light weight, insulated kid sized sleeping bags will bring excitement and anticipation for their next camping trip. Gifts for kids that are cozy, fun and useful. This one is perfect for warmer weather.
They are also great for sleepovers with friends, as a nest inside forts, or sleeping bag stair races. Who did this as a kid?
They don’t need to be super fancy or expensive, unless you need to buy sleeping bags that are technical for backpacking, or cool weather camping family type adventures. They make great camping gift ideas.
Kid size is the best! My daughter was so excited to get her first sleeping bag she slept in it on her bed for weeks.
Keeping hydrated in the outdoors is important, and should be at the top of the list of camping gear for kids.
Consider a water bottle that is insulated and leak resistant like the Yeti Rambler Jr with straw cap, or one that is lightweight, with an easy to use sport top like Kleen Kanteen.
Hiking Backpack – Essential Camping Gear For Kids
Hiking and camping go together like peanut butter and jelly.
Osprey hiking backpacks make the best gifts for outdoorsy kids. Bonus they can carry their own water bottles, snacks and the many inevitable treasures they pick up along the way in their own hiking backpack.
Deuter Kikki’s Backpack
Deuter Backpacks that are well made, can last for at least a few years and can be passed on to younger siblings. You can take them everywhere from a family camping trip, to road trips and on planes.
You may also like our top picks for the best travel backpacks for kids
Camping Pad for Kids
Camping in comfort begins with a self inflatable camping pad. Comfortable kids = less complaining!
Perfect camping gift ideas for kids who are campers and outdoorsy, or who want to be.
Cool Camping Gifts: Kids Binoculars for All Ages
The Educational Insights Kidnoculars were one of the favourite grandparent camping presents of my daughters for many years. Fun for bird and squirrel watching, and checking out “things over there.” Toddler friendly!
These lightweight, shock proof Kids binoculars are perfect for little hands, and are difficult to break. Broaden the top camping gear for kids with a new hobbie, birdwatching.
If you are looking for a gift for an older outdoorsy kid try these highly rated, compact and lightweight Sky Genius binoculars suitable for kids and adults.
Underwater Camera for Kids
Kids love taking pictures, and underwater is so exciting. Grab an underwater camera, and it will be waterproof for rainy days, or accidental spills as well.
GIFT IDEAS FOR THE ADVENTURER KID
Kids Camping Gifts: Camping Gift Basket
A camping gift basket full of entertaining things for your favourite kid(s) camping trips would be well received by both parents and children. Fill it with books, small family friendly games or toys, art supplies and snacks. Great gift ideas for the adventurer kid in your life.
Entertain them on the road and at the campsite with a ready made kids camping gift basket. When we put together our camping activity kits for the kids, this is what we like to put in them so they fit in each of their backpacks. It’s similar for all our travels:
- 2 – 3 Books or their Tablet / Kindle
- 1 – 2 Activity Books
- Snack Pack (variety of snacks in one reusable pouch or ziploc bag)
- Journal or Sketch Book & Colouring Pens or Crayons
- Portable Craft Kit
- Stainless Steel Water Bottle
- 1-2 Travel Sized Games
- 1-2 Small Toys.
Camping Gift Basket Ideas
Gift baskets make fun camping gift ideas. Get creative and fill the basket with camping themed items, art supplies, activity books and snacks. Here are some fun ideas I put together.
Art & Craft Supplies & Activity Books
- Mess free colouring
- Pencil crayons and a portable sketchbook
- Crayons – For a melted crayon Wishing Stones craft
- Beads & String or a Bead Kit
Activity Book Ideas
Camping Themed Book Ideas
Camping books, are one of the best camping gifts. They will get your kids excited for the big event. As a book lover, I encourage you to support your local bookstore if you can, they are such great places and deserve support. Or borrow from the library for a no-cost option (just be sure to take care of them).
It’s a camping gift for kids that keeps them learning.
Camping Books for Toddlers
For the littlest ones on your crew, Goodnight Campsite is a fun camping book for toddlers. It follows visitors as they explore the nature park where they are staying during the day (hiking, biking, fishing) and then their campsite at night. This book highlights RVs, so a fun option if you are an RV family.
Tent Mouse, RV Mouse
We also love her Tent Mouse, RV Mouse, a modern twist on the old Aesop’s fable The Town Mouse and the Country Mouse. One mouse loves being outdoors in his tent close to nature, the other prefers the safety of the RV. Both learn it’s ok to like different things and spend time camping.
Do Princesses & Super Heroes Hit the Trails?
Get your Princesses and Super Heros ready for a camping trip to a National Park. Perfect for 3-7 year olds.
Camping Books for Kids & Tweens
When We Go Camping
When We Go Camping by Margriet Ruurs is a beautifully illustrated book for young kids that tells the story of one family’s camping trip.
America’s National Parks
If you are planning on heading out to a USA National Park in the near future, America’s National Parks book by Lonely Planet is a great addition. Full of awesome facts and gorgeous pictures this will inspire your kids curiousity and excitement about exploring nature around them.
Do Princesses Make Happy Campers?
This fun series makes great camping gifts for kids, and includes all the favourites like:
- Do Princesses Make Happy Campers (spoiler alert, yes they do)
- Do Princesses Wear Hiking Boots; and
- Do Superheros Have Teddy Bears
They also come in board books for the toddlers as well.
Is a camping trip really a camping trip, without a few bugs? Blackflies by Robert Munsch is a charming story about a girl who needs to rescue her dad and sister as they were carried away by bugs. Sure to get a few laughs.
Ultimate Book of Scavenger Hunts
The Ultimate Book of Scavenger Hunts will keep the youngsters busy. Naturally they will want to check off all the items on the list during their outdoor adventures.
On The Trail What Will You Find
Backpack Explorer – On The Trail What Will You Find is a field guide for ages 4 to 9, full of seek-and-find lists, on-the-trail art projects, and discovery games. A delightful interactive book for kids.
Camping Activity Book for Kids
Get ready for your great adventure in the outdoors! The Camping Activity Book For Kids, for ages 6 -9 helps encourage kids to explore the world around them and build wilderness skills.
Camping Spree with Mr. McGee
Camping Spree With Mr. McGee by Chris VanDusen is a funny tale about the camping misadventures of Mr. Magee and his dog Dee. Perfect for a bed time read, snuggled up in a sleeping bag.
Camp Out is a perfect guide for kids 7-12. Learn the basics of camping and cool skills like campfire buidling and how to build a tarp tent, along with tasty outdoor recipes and more.
A Kids Tablet is a fun alternative to physical books if you are looking to save space and weight. Bring music, games, books, audible books, and educational content along in one (almost) indestructible device.
Some other entertaining book ideas:
- Curious George Goes Camping – by Margaret & H.A. Rey
- Amelia Bedelia Goes Camping – by Peggy Parish (This one makes us laugh every time!)
- S is for S’Mores: A Camping Alphabet – by Helen Foster James
Camping Snack Ideas
You want to make sure your little campers are well fed and get the full on camping experience with some fun snacks.
- Hot Chocolate packets
- Astronaut Ice cream
- Smore’s Kit
- Pretzels or Chips
- Trail Mix ( we love to add gummy bears & smarties)
- Mixed Snack Box of Bars
- Granola Bars
- Nature’s Bakery Fig Bars ( Raspberry are our favourite)
- Moon Cheese (delicious crisps of dried yummy cheese goodness)
- Snacks from around the world box
Kids Camping Toys and Games
- Glow in the Dark Bubbles
- Flashlight ( for flashlight tag)
- DIY Outdoor Scavenger Hunts
- Uno, Qwirkle, Sushi Go, Quiddler, Sequence
A Unisex Beanie Hat with a rechargeable LED headlamp built in, is a great gift any kid can take camping, hiking, exploring. Hands free fun.
GIFTS FOR CAMPING KIDS OF ALL AGES
While some gifts for camping kids will work for all ages, different age groups will be interested in different camping activities. Here are some ideas specific to age groups: toddlers, 6-10 years old, tweens and teenagers.
Camping Gifts for Teenagers & Tweens
Teenagers and tweens are a world unto themselves and sometimes they can be hard to buy for. Here are some fun ideas to add to the best camping gifts for teenagers & tweens list. You can throw them into a camping gift basket, or keep separate.
Electronic Essentials for Camping Teens & Tweens
It can be hard to pull your pre-teens and teenagers away from their phones, tablets and constant communication with friends.
While I think camping is a prime opportunity for everyone to put down their devices, there are times it’s good to have them. Relaxing at night, capturing special moments. Here are some camping electronic ideas teens will love:
Camping Gift For Teens: Go Pro
In this digital age, it is easy to see why a Go Pro would make a wonderful family gift, or a gift for an older teen. Capturing all the outdoorsy moments, and camping trips will make great memory keepers for the future. GoPro – get them excited to make memories, with a camera they can take epic videos. Wow your kids with a special gift.
If you aren’t sold on the price tag of a Go Pro, try this more budget friendly, and highly rated camera:
An underwater camera that comes with useful accessories, and is designed for both kids and adults make fun outdoor gifts.
Give the gift of infinite adventures with a Kindle Paperwhite.
Add on a Digital subscription – Kindle unlimited subscription (for voracious readers) or Audible Subscription (for teens who prefer to listen to books ).
Win extra brownie points with a Portable Charger for your teens.
MPOWERD String Lights
String Lights & Phone Charger – MPOWRD lights will not only light up the campsite, it will charge devices with it’s solar powered capabilities.
Camping Essentials for Teens
A personalized pocket knife or the classic Swiss Army Knife is a very useful camping gifts for kids and teens.
Card Games are great camping ideas for kids, tweens and teens. Grab a pack of cards, or choose some family favorites:
LED Lanterns & Headlamps
Let there be light! And safety. A small LED Lantern or headlamp will be well used at your tweens and teens next adventure.
Camping Themed Gifts for Tweens & Teens
Check out our camping themed favourites gift list, for your hard to buy for preteens and teens.
KIDS CAMPING TOYS FOR TODDLERS, 6 YEAR OLDS, 7, 8, 9 & 10 YEAR OLDS
Depending on their ages, children will like different types of camping toys for kids. We will outline some age groups and general ideas first then delve into some more specifics, equally as awesome kids camping games and toys.
Camping toys for 6, year olds, 7 year olds, 8 year olds, 9 year olds and 10 year olds, would really be good for anywhere from five years on up to teen. My daughter is in that age group, so it is easy for me to come up with fun ideas.
Camping Toys For Toddlers
Balance bikes help develop balance and roam the campsite with their toddler biker friends. This one is good from 18 months to 5 years.
Pro Ball Set
Pro Ball Set – Introduce you toddler to 3 sports with a Pro Ball Set (5 inch soccer ball, a 6.5 inch football, and a 5 inch basketball)
Going Camping Wooden Play Set – Woodpecker Toys
Going Camping Wooden Play Camp Set is a sweet wooden peg doll set, complete with wooden boat, trees, and car. Imaginative camping play.
Photo credit: Woodpecker Toys
Large Aqua Doodle Map
Keep the toddlers entertained on your camping trip with a mess free camping toy for kids the Large Aqua Doodle Mat.
Fill the magic pens with water and let them draw. This is a fun activity with siblings too, and would be great up to age 6 or so.
Camping Toys for 6 year olds, 8 Years Olds, 9 Year Olds & 10 Year Olds
Walkie Talkies for Kids
Walkie Talkies – 10-4, we are by the swings, bring marshmallows! Give your 8 and 9 year olds a bit more independence. Really these are a great kids camping toy from 5 – 14+.
Glow in the Dark Lawn Darts
Glow in the Dark Lawn Darts – No pointy bits. Perfect for a friendly family game or ten in the dark
Find and Seek Scavenger Hunt Fun for the whole family to take part. See who can find the most items in a certain time period. Create your own, or try out these other options:
- Go Find It a nature scavenger card game for families or
- This travel friendly indoor/outdoor treasure hunt card game.
Scooters are portable and small enough to fold down into the car, this scooter will be a hit with the 8+ crowd, and their new campground friends. Plus they have adult sizes if you want to join in the fun.
Kids Camping Toys – Gift Ideas For the Adventurer Kid (All Ages)
Plan Your Own Family Games
Games don’t require a lot of expense, or pre bought items. Most of my child’s favs are the same ones I loved as a kid, that required nothing but time, running around or a little imagination.
Make up a handful of cue cards with fun kids games. Write the name of the game on one side, and a brief how to on the other. Put the game cards in a fun bag, they can draw out one at a time.
- Freeze Tag
- I Spy
- Hide and Seek
- Obstacle Course
- Name that Tune (humming, no words)
- Potato Sack races using Sleeping Bags
Camping Gifts for Kids – Portable Games for Camping
Re-live your childhood, by bringing some fun, portable, camping games on your next family trip. Try some outdoor games for quality time together.
Looking for new adventures?
- Zion, Bryce & Grand Canyon – 7 Day road trip itinerary. Plenty of camping opportunities in USA National Parks
- Parksville, BC Canada has some fun camping and hiking options in this lovely west coast beach town.
- Yellowknife, NT Canada is a great place for families to visit to do a little hiking, aurora viewing and camping
- Winter Bucket List Ideas for the whole family.
CAMPING TOYS FOR KIDS – AT HOME
Inspire your kid to love the outdoors through imaginative play, for those times you can’t make it out camping. Gifts for outdoorsy child, they can play with at home.
Camping Themed Lego for Kids ( & Their Adults!)
Lego inspires creations of all sorts. Get your child excited to camp first at home, then bring the set along on your adventure for a rainy day. These make fun camping gift ideas for kids birthdays, Christmas or special occasion.
Lego Caravan Holiday Set – 3 in 1
Plenty of opportunities for creative camping adventures with this Lego Camping Set. A top Christmas, birthday or any-other-day gift for kids aged 5 and up.
Lego Caravan Family Holiday
Build a car with caravan, then switch it up for a camper van, or a lighthouse.
The Lego Caravan Family Holiday will give endless building and play opportunities while helping to spark creativity in children of all ages.
LEGO Friends Forest Camper Van
Who says you can’t camp in style. Take a boat ride, stargaze, take a nap in the decked out camper van.
LEGO Friends Adventure Camp Rafting
Raft and camp in style with a sweet friends Adventure Camp set.
Start with a river bridge and a camping area (includes a lamp, a fish, a campfire, marshmallows, compass, camera and sunglasses). Jump in the rafting boat with seats and oars, or head up the climbing wall for more outdoorsy fun.
Camping Toys for Kids – Toy Camping Sets
Get your wee one’s into the camping spirit with some crafty kids toy camping playsets to spark imaginative play.
Happy Camper Camping Mini Kid Kit – Kids Kits USA
Sweet camping kit for imaginative camping play. Use it at home, or bring on your next family adventure.
Photo credit: Kids Kits USA
Camping Busy Box
Keep your kidlets busy at home or at the campdite with this fun Camping Busy Box. For ages 3-9.
This kit comes with everything you need; paint, markers, scissors and glue—which means no planning or prep needed on your part.
Photo Credit: Craft and Boogie
Play Campfire Felt Set
This super adorable and fun handmade play campfire set kids will love. I am wanting one myself.
Photo Credit: Homespun Market
A kids pretend campfire playset has all the essentials for a camp cookout: flaming logs, glow-in-the-dark lantern, fork, hot dog, marshmallow, chocolate bar, 2 graham crackers, and a carry bag.
S’Mores Campfire Set for Preschoolers
Or this sweet S’More Fun Campfire set for preschoolers, with real wood, and wearable bear paws as hot mitts. Roar!
Camping Craft Ideas – Craft and STEM Subscription Boxes
You never know when the weather may turn, or the children are wild and need a bit of a calming down activity. It’s a good idea to have a back up plan and camping crafts make useful, and fun camping gifts for kids.
Craft or STEM (or STEAM) Subscription boxes are the perfect thing to bring along on a trip. They come in a small self-contained box, with usually everything you need to complete the main crafts or stem experience. Sometimes you may need the odd item or two from home so check first.
STEAM Subscription boxes are also great as an educational tool for world schoolers and homeschoolers.
My daughter has loved these since she was 3. While the ages are typically older than that we had a lot of fun doing them together.
We have been enjoying the KiwiCo Boxes over the last year. There are plenty of fun options to choose from for all ages.
The Atlas Crate is a fun way to explore countries around the globe from home. There are 2 STEAM activities, plus a booklet full of interesting facts about the country, including a recipe to try, which my daughter also loves.
Green Kid Crafts
Our number one choice for an eco-friendly box is the Green Kid Crafts box.
The Green Kids Crafts Boxes are perfect for busy families, and a reoccuring subscription makes for a fantastic special occasion gift from grandparents or other family members.
We have bought this subscription regularly over the years, and as they have options for ages 2-10, it has grown with our child. The boxes have easy to follow instructions, fun science and art activities for the kids (that I enjoy too), eco friendly materials and it’s all prepared for you. So easy!
Camping Gift For Kids
Kids camping gifts are a fun way to bring a love of the outdoors into their life. The best camping gift for kids is just taking them out to camp. Whether it’s in a tent, rv, or glamping, it will be a memory making experience you can talk about for years to come.
Tips for giving the perfect gift: Consider who you are buying for, and their ages. Ask what they enjoy about camping. If you have a reluctant camper, try buying something that may excite them to go camping.
What are some of the favourite camping / outdoor gifts you’ve given or received? Help us make this list better. Leave a comment below or connect with us on social media. We’d love to hear from you!
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16 thoughts on “50+ Camping Gifts For Kids They’ll Love & Use (2023)”
The Go-Pro is the one thing that we haven’t caved and purchased, but I’m thinking that it is something we will have to just get. There have been so many adventures that we’ve had that would have been perfectly captured with one.
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You offered so many great options for the kids and parents and your timing couldn’t be better!
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Hi Nancy, Thanks so much. Appreciate your kind feedback too 🙂
What a great list- I know who to share it with 🙂
Awesome. I love that you will be sharing it. Thanks so much.
Such great ideas. My girls have been asking to go camping so I will keep these in mind. Thanks.
Love this list! We went tent camping with our son this year and had a lot of fun!
This is a really great list. Our family has never been camping. This makes me want to change that. I love the camping chair and the binoculars – both things you could buy for your kids at home to encourage them to go outside and be in nature.
Yes a lot of these can be used at home at home as well. My daughter uses a lot of these in her forts.
Such cute ideas to get kids in the mood to camp! I am seriously considering buying my son those LEGOs for Christmas.
Great suggestions! I’m not new to camping but I’ve never been camping with kids before. We hope to make time to go next summer (with a one year old and four year old) so I appreciate these recommendations on camping gifts for kids!
Camping with kids is a whole other thing. Although I find it to be fun, as long as I am more flexible with bed times and activities.
I love your article and hope getting more! My kids grew (19,11years old) now have 7months baby and we started camping last year. I had no clue how to make it more exciting and interesting for 10years old now baby as well. I will be following your articles as want to be organised and ready for our next adventure and you proposed great ideas.
I am so happy you are starting to camp. It is such a great way to spend time as a family. I am hoping to post some more articles on camping soon.
I really love your website. You always write such great articles and this one is my favorite so far. We just did our first camping trip with our two toddlers and plan to do more. This list is a great place for us to start. Thanks for sharing.
Camping with my daughter when she was a toddler was so fun, and she loved it. Thank you for your kind words, made my day!
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