If you want to encourage your kid’s love of camping, finding the best camping gifts for kids could be the answer to all of your gift buying troubles. Finding the perfect gift can take time though. So just for you, we have put together this detailed list of over 40 great camping gifts for budding young camping enthusiasts. With 7 adventurous grandkids, we like to think that we know a thing or two about how to keep kids entertained and happy throughout a camping trip. When they open one of these kid’s camping gifts, you are sure to earn some serious brownie points!
There are a couple of things you might want to think about first though.
What Makes the Best Camping Gifts for Kids?
It’s important to consider the specific child you are buying for and what thrills them the most about camping:
✔ Age Appropriateness – It might seem obvious but it is easy to get carried away in the fun of finding a cool camping gift to forget about how old the child is and whether it is age-appropriate. They need to be old enough to safely use camping equipment but also consider how long it will get used for. If they are going to grow out of something within a few months it could be a waste of a gift, no matter how awesome it looks.
✔ Type of Camping – It is important to consider what type of camping they do the most. If their family enjoys lightweight camping and hiking trips, a small and super useful gift could be perfect. But if they do a lot of RV camping or take a big car with plenty of space, a larger gift might be possible. If you are buying for someone else’s child, don’t be afraid to ask the parents what type of camping they enjoy and what gift might be the most appropriate.
✔ Camping Toys vs Camping Gear – This is probably the main thing to consider. Do you want to buy them some useful camping equipment and gear or fun camping toys they can play with either at home or on a camping trip? Camping toys can make great camping gifts for toddlers because they can role-play at home. They love re-living fun camping trips they have enjoyed before. These toys may not hold up well outdoors in the dirt and weather though.
✔ Quality of Gear – Real, quality camping equipment on the other hand can be super useful and give kids a sense of pride. Having their very own camping gear is exciting after all! It’s also an investment in their future camping trips, Brad has gear he received in high school and is still using 40 years later.
Gift Guide Categories
We want to make finding the best kid’s camping gift as easy as possible so we have split this list into categories that we think cover just about every type of camping obsessed kid.
Tents and Sleeping Bags – A really useful piece of equipment (for obvious reasons) but they can make great camping gifts for teens to teach responsibility for looking after their equipment or giving them their own space.
Camping Games and Crafts – What kid doesn’t love a fun camping game or craft to enjoy as a family. These could also be something great to keep them entertained when the weather turns.
Camping Equipment – There are so many great child sized camping products out there nowadays. It’s a great way to get kids involved with every single aspect of camping.
Pretend Camping Toys – A great way to get younger kids excited for upcoming trips or keeping them entertained in the car.
Nature Journals – Kids of all ages can enjoy collecting mementos of their trips and recording them in their own private journal.
Books About Camping – Whether you want to inspire wonder in younger kids or give older kids a quiet way to wind down in the evening, books are always a great choice.
The Best Gifts for Kids Who Love to Camp
We’re pretty excited about this list of camping gift ideas for kids. You’re certain to find just the right gift for your outdoorsy child. We’ve included links to where you can purchase each item to make it easier for you. If you make a purchase we may earn a small commission.
The Best Tents and Sleeping Bags for Kids
A quality tent and sleeping bag are an absolute must for any camping enthusiast. A grouchy child because an uncomfortable or bad nights sleep can ruin any camping trip. Luckily, there are some fantastic tents, sleeping gear, and even hammocks made specifically for kids these days. Many of them even come in bright funky colors. Whether you just want to give a practical gift to younger kids or instill a sense of responsibility for their gear in older teens, any one of these camping gift ideas for kids would be perfect.
Kids will love having their very own, brightly colored sleeping bag on their next trip and parents can be comforted that their little one is warm and safe in a sleeping bag from a well-known and trusted brand. This Coleman Kids 50 sleeping bag is specifically made for kids and a great summer weight option (temperatures as low as 50 Fahrenheit). It features a snag-free zipper, a Thermolock draft tube to keep body heat in. This bag comes in a choice of three bright colors with glow-in-the-dark features.
REI Co-op Kindercone 25 Sleeping Bag
Parents will think this mummy shape sleeping bag is a great choice thanks to the fact that it expands and therefore grows with their child for years to come. The REI Co-op Kindercone 25 Sleeping Bag is a great spring/fall weight sleeping bag for temperatures as low as 24 Fahrenheit. The stuff sack cinches down to easily adjust the size and keep body heat in. It comes in a cool camouflage design, has an adjustable hood, water-resistant shell, and a two-way anti-snag zipper.
If you’re looking for a great starter tent to give your kids a little bit of independence, this Wakeman 2 person dome tent is a great option. It is lightweight (less than 3lbs) and easy to put up and take down with just two fiberglass poles so kids can even enjoy using it in the backyard. This tent is made for the warmer seasons but still comes with a removable rain fly. It also has an internal storage pocket to keep your flashlight handy. There’s a dual-layer door with an inner screen to allow for increased airflow.
This tent is a great option if you’re looking to gift something that can stand up to colder and wetter weather conditions. It only takes around 10 minutes to set up the Coleman Sundome Tent. This is easy enough for young teens to learn with the help of an adult and is a great way to build their confidence in setting up their own gear. Large windows provide great airflow. The frame is wind and rain tested in gusts up to 35 mph! It is waterproof thanks to the welded corners and inverted seams, as well as the large additional rain fly.
I you have a teen who thinks they are “too cool” for family camping trips, this high quality youth hammock is a great way to make them feel like they have their own space and a bit more independence. The Wise Owl camping hammock is made from 210 ripstop Nylon with thread lock stitching so you can be sure you’re buying a quality product. The two 9 foot straps and carabiners make set up a breeze even for kids. It is available in a whopping 15 colors, so there is sure to be something that suits any kids taste.
Younger kids will while away hours in their own hammocks. These are super easy to set up and take down so you can put them up for just an afternoon nap or leave them up for your whole trip. Kids will love the bright colors to claim as their own. Best of all, the Portable Camping Hammock will hold up to 300 pounds so no worries if they all pile into one! Made of premium parachute nylon, with a tree safe hanging system, these will last through many adventures.
Toddlers and young kids who need a little extra comfort at night or have a fear of the dark will find it easier to drift off to sleep with the help of this unique glow-in-the-dark blanket. It’s made from a durable fleece fabric that is 100% machine washable and has reinforced edges to make sure it lasts. Simply, expose the blanket to sunlight or bright artificial light before bedtime and once the sun goes down the stars and moons will glow in the dark.
Camping Games and Crafts that are Fun
Camping trips are a great opportunity for kids to use their imagination and enjoy the outdoors. But sometimes you just need a couple of easy, ready-to-go games and crafts to bring some extra fun. Any of these quick and easy options would be a great way to keep entertained. You can pull them out in bad weather, in the car, when parents need a break or even when you want something fun to enjoy as a family. These camping or nature themed games make some of the best camping gifts for kids. Packing a few of them is a great way to build the anticipation for a fun trip.
An entertaining and quirky card game full of funny illustrations that kids are sure to think are hilarious. This family-friendly card game is designed for kids aged 6 years and above. Camping with Sasquatch Card Game is described as “rummy meets slapjack” by the creators. It comes in a compact box that’s really easy to carry with you on your next camping trip. the game comes with easy-to-follow instructions but even has a link to video instructions you can check out before leaving on your trip.
A beautifully illustrated card game that will make a great gift if you want something for slightly younger kids. This game is described as being suitable for children as young as 4 but the cards are so lovely that we think they could even be used as flashcards for little ones. nut, nut, Squirrel! Card Game contains 72 cards all themed around squirrels and nature. There are 3 levels of play making it great for the whole family. It is sure to be an entertaining way to pass the time.
Looking for a fun and crafty way to build kids’ concentration skills or keep them entertained while you prepare dinner? Look no further than this adorable rock painting craft kit! It includes everything needed to create cute painted rocks for children to hide amongst the wilderness for the next campers to find. Inside you will find waterproof paint, brushes, transfers, and even tracking stickers. The paint is fully waterproof so the weather won’t ruin the imaginative designs you create.
This easy Hide and Seek Scavenger hunt card game is a great way to get kids exploring nature on your next camping trip. Thanks to the easy-to-understand images even young kids who can’t read yet can join in the fun. The game comes with 35 hide and seek cards and instructions all kept in a handy drawstring bag that is perfect for traveling with. It is a great sensory activity for little ones or split the family into teams and get a little competitive.
Families will love competing against each other for some light-hearted fun with these two corn hole boards and bean bags. Great for ages 4 and up (all moms know how little ones like to flex those gross motor skills) but challenging enough for adults to enjoy as well. This kit includes two corn hole boards and eight bean bags and it all packs down into a super compact carry case weighing less than 2kg! Lightweight enough to throw in the car on any camping trip. Set up of the Collapsible Corn Hole Gameis quick and easy once you arrive.
A great activity book for any parent who wants their child to learn real-world outdoor skills but in a fun and engaging way. This Camping Activity Book for kids would make a great gift for kids 6 years and over who are eager to help whenever you head out camping. It is jam-packed full of tips, activities, and “how-tos” on practical things like pitching a tent and building a fire. You’ll also find fun things to do like a campsite treasure hunt. There is even some great informative content on topics like flora and fauna and cloud formations to help predict the weather.
Parents looking to empower their young girls to get engaged in and enjoy the outdoors will adore this crafts and activities book. It is a wonderful way to encourage girls to be bold and inquisitive about nature, camping, and hiking. Whether you want to teach them practical skills like interpreting animal tracks, reading a map, and building a shelter, or get their creative minds racing by creating their own outdoor games, this book is sure to please. Aimed at ages 6 to 12, most of the activities are designed to involve parents so it is also a great way to bond and explore nature together.
If you have two young kids to entertain this two-in-one bug catcher and study kit makes sure that nobody is left out. The kit includes bug cases, magnifying glasses, tweezers, whistles, and fake insects so there is plenty to keep kids entertained. The bug cases are made from durable plastic so won’t break easily and the tools are big and chunky which is perfect for little hands to grasp. Designed for ages 3 and up the cages are super easy to open. Little ones will love watching little critters munch away on leaves.
Young and old kids alike can enjoy this fast paced matching games because it is 100% visual based without any reading skills required. The camping themed card game is recommended for ages 6 plus and for between 2 and 8 players, meaning the whole family can get involved. You can play 5 different game modes with the Spot It Camping Card Game and each card is covered in bright pictures and symbols to spark your child’s imagination.
What to inspire imaginative, nature themed crafting and play with your kids? This Explore Nature Activity Book is packed full of great crafts and ideas to get them started. You’ll love the practical tips and advice. The activities have step by step instructions on how to do fun filled activities like flower pressing or making your own bird feeders. There is even a checklist at the end of the book for your little explorers to check off the projects they have completed already. The book is recommended for 5 to 12 year olds, although younger kids may need some help from an adult.
Camping Equipment and Gear for Kids
These days, just about every piece of camping equipment you can think of also comes in a handy child-sized version! There’s no need to wrestle your gear away from your toddler anymore. It is no secret that little ones love to copy their parents. Getting them their own walkie-talkies, chairs, backpacks, headlamps, etc. is sure to thrill. Camping gear also makes an awesome gift for older kids. It’s a great way to give teens a little more independence on your next family camping trip. Any of these would make great camping gifts for children of all ages.
Imaginative kids will find plenty of uses for these handy Collapsible Buckets, whether it’s building sandcastles at the beach, carrying their fishing gear, or helping out around the campsite. This pack of three buckets are made from a 100% nontoxic and BPA-free silicone that is durable and leakproof. Each bucket can hold up to 3 liters and they come in bright colors.
Anyone looking for a unique and quirky little gift to get kids excited about the idea of camping, look no further. What better way to build that excitement than the anticipation of toasting their own marshmallows on the fire! This brightly colored set of 5 double-pronged Marshmallow Roasting Sticks have a heat-resistant handle that extend to 34 inches so kids can keep a safe distance from the fire. There is also a smart 360-degree rotating adjuster so you can make sure everything cooks evenly. An awesome gift for kids and adults alike!
We are in love with these adorable toddler Dinosaur Backpacks! They are not just a useful way for little ones to store and carry all of their gear or little treasures but they come with a cute cuddly toy to take along on the trip. Measuring in at 9 inches high and 7 inches wide, they are easy for kids as young as two to carry around. There are a whopping 8 gorgeous characters to choose from! There is sure to be something for any type of mini personality.
Kids who love to hike will be thrilled with this high-quality child-sized hiking backpack. Make them feel like a valued member of the team on your family hike with a backpack that looks just like mum and dads. The Jet 18 Kid’s Hiking Backpack from trusted brand Osprey has 4 additional pockets on top of the spacious main compartment. It has a breathable back panel, padded shoulder straps, and a waist strap for extra comfort. It’s available in a choice of two colors and is recommended for ages 8 and above. We love Osprey quality so much we also recommend a Women’s Day Pack for Mom.
No need to worry about lending your expensive binoculars to the kids when they have these real “made for kids” binoculars of their own. Get them excited about camping, hiking, birdwatching, stargazing and much more. They are perfect for kids aged between 3 and 12 years old and come in a choice of 13 different colors. These 8×21 magnification binoculars are super-compact, made from a soft shatter-proof plastic material, and come with a focus wheen and a neck strap.
If you have older kids or teens they will love these high-quality “adult” binoculars. Made by well-known brand Nikon, these Trailblazer Binoculars aren’t just for kids. They are a fully functioning piece of gear that is highly rated by serious campers, hikers, and bird watchers. These binoculars are water and fog proof with a rubber-protected body that is durable and difficult to damage. The 8×25 magnification binoculars delivers high-resolution images with great brightness and a fast range of focus. A quality gift for any serious camper! If you want more information on how to select binoculars, check out our binocular buying guide.
The DinoBryte LED headlamp would make an awesome first headtorch for any budding camper. It’s a great way to get younger kids comfortable with wearing a headlamp. The bright white led light is powered by 3 AAA batteries and switched on by simply pressing the jaw of the attached dinosaur closed. The dinosaur even roars as well for some extra thrills.
A compact and safe headlamp for kids as young as 3 years, perfect if you want something specifically designed for little ones. The Petzl TIKKID Headlamp is limited to 20 lumens in order to protect sensitive young eyes and has 3 lighting levels; low, high, and strobe. It’s powered by three AAA batteries but they are only accessible via a screw for safety and it can run for up to 110 hours. Our favorite feature is the automatic shut-off after 1 hour so the batteries won’t get run down by accident. You can find more of our top choices for kid’s flashlights and headlamps here.
These are perfect if you are looking for some fun mini-sized lanterns that are specifically designed for kids. Standing at just over 7 inches the Coleman Kids Mini Lanterns are super cute but that doesn’t mean compromising on quality or brightness. These lanterns have 5 LEDs, emit 44 lumens, and are powered by 4 AA batteries with a maximum of 16 hours run time.
Older kids that are ready for some extra responsibility and to learn knife safety would be absolutely thrilled to receive this junior version of a pocket knife. The 2.5mm thick blade of the Opinel Pocket Knife is rounded on the end but still sharp enough to be functional enough for things like cutting small sticks etc. The handle is non-slip for safety, has an integrated safety whistle and is available in four colors. The whole thing measures just 3.8 inches when closed and 7 inches when fully extended.
Plenty of youngsters love camping and the outdoors but are still avid fans of pink, fairies, and all things cute and adorable. This butterfly-themed camp chair might just be the perfect gift for them. It’s made from a super durable, waterproof, and wipe clean fabric and has a matching storage bag for easy transportation. There is even a handy cup holder in the armrest, just like mom and dad’s lightweight camp chairs.
Adult walkie-talkies can be large and cumbersome for little hands so this option that is specifically made with small hands in mind is the perfect way to let kids feel included in an easier way. These Obuby Walkie Talkies are designed for kids as young as 3. The pack contains three radios. All have a comfortable rubber grip, easy-to-press buttons, and 22 channels. Each walkie-talkie has a range of 3km and includes great safety features like a torch on the top and an alarm system.
Teens that want walkie-talkies that are a bit more “grown-up” looking will love this family pack of radios. You’ll find them more neutral in design but still really functional and easy for kids to use. These Long Range Walkie Talkies are available in either a 3 or 4 pack. Each unit takes rechargeable AA batteries that can be charged via the micro USB cord. The maximum run time of 62 hours which will get your kids through a long weekend of camping. They feature 22 channels, 10 call tones and 8 adjustable volumes. You’ll love the weather scanner that automatically locks onto the strongest weather channel.
Pretend Camping Toys for fun at home
If you’re trying to create excitement around an upcoming camping trip, some fun role-playing games and toys are a great idea. These make amazing gifts for toddlers. They’ll love exploring the backyard or even just camping out in the living room. If you are not quite ready to buy your little one some real camping gear, these toys could also be a great way to figure out what piques their interest the most!
If you want an imaginative play kit that’s also functional and can actually be used while camping, this one is worth a look. The adorable hat and vest are designed for kids aged 3 to 7. With 4 pockets, the vest will hold their treasures or equipment. The Oliker Outdoor Adventure Kit involves some great play camping gear like a whistle, working binoculars, and a hand-cranked torch. There is also a 5 piece bug catching kit to inspire interest in nature and the whole kit comes in an easy-to-carry drawstring backpack.
This huge imaginative camping play kit will thrill any outdoorsy child or budding explorer and there are so many parts that the possibilities are endless. It’s not designed for functional use while camping but it’s a great comprehensive kit for little ones to play camping and become excited about upcoming trips. With 45 pieces including a popup play tent, sun hat, cooking toys, and pretend food it really is an incredibly comprehensive kit. Kids will love playing with gear like a toy stove and lantern,
Young kids who want to be seen as serious campers will love this functional kit that looks a lot less like a toy and a lot more like miniature versions of real camping gear. Inside the Nature Explorer Kit carry case, you will find binoculars, a magnifying glass, hand-cranked torch, thermometer, compass, a handheld fan, and a whistle, all of which are 100% functional to use for play or in real life camping situations.
A great imaginative play set to get toddlers used to the idea of camping or relive their last camping trip in the comfort of their own home and keep the magic alive. In the New Sprouts Camp Out box, there is a pretend campfire with flames, lantern, toy smores, and more and it can all fit into the handy little carry bag. It’s a great way to encourage imagination in kids as young as 2 years old.
Nature Journaling for Kids
Kids of all ages can take great pride in journaling about nature and camping and it’s a great way to keep special memories. Therefore, nature journals make some of the best camping gifts for kids! We all know how much toddlers and little kids love collecting seemingly random things like rocks and leaves. Giving them a nature journal to keep all of their treasures safe is sure to be a thrill. Older kids and teens can also get great pleasure from journaling and scrapbooking to remember the fun and excitement of their camping adventures.
What kid doesn’t love a fun and engaging book?! Believe it or not they even make some of the best camping gifts for kids. Whether it is a bedtime story to enjoy before snuggling down in their sleeping bag or a practical camping and survival book for older kids to learn new skills, books make an awesome gift. Here we’ve compiled all of our favorite camping and wilderness-themed books. These will help keep them entertained and will inspire a little extra love for the outdoors.