Hi, Jill’s husband here! I remember as a child most our my family’s vacations were spent in a tent. I have a lot of very fond and happy memories camping all throughout the northeast. Being from New Jersey, we spent most of our camping trips in the different regions of Upstate New York. One of our favorite camping destinations was the Catskills, where we would hike the waterfalls and play in the natural pools. We also visited the Finger Lakes region, Watkins Glen, and Fort Ticonderoga among other great places. To this day, camping is one of my favorite ways to travel.
Camping was not my mom’s favorite way to vacation, but she always made sure that we had the equipment we needed, as well as things to entertain my brother and me. We always had games and toys that we could play with at the campsite. I was big into Fisher Price Adventure People, and they would often find their way into my bag.
Of course, we always had a deck of playing cards for rainy days and at night when we would gather in the screen tent to play cards. I remember one specific trip to the Catskills when we met a very nice family from Canada who taught us how to play King’s Corners, a game that became one of our favorites. Other go-to card games included Concentration, Go Fish, Crazy 8’s, War, and Rummy. Nowadays, thanks to the introduction from Jill, a card game staple is Five Crowns.
Here’s the List of Toys and Games for Camping
Battleship Grab and Go Game (Travel Size)
Monopoly Deal Card Game
Hasbro Yahtzee to Go Travel Game
Magnetic Board Game Set Includes 12 Retro Fun Games
EverBrite 9-LED Flashlight 6-pack, Assorted Colors
Outdoor Explorer Set,20 Pcs Nature Exploration Kit
DinoBryte LED Headlamp – T-Rex Dinosaur
Spot It! Camping Game
PLAYMOBIL Camping Adventure Carry Case Building Set
DISCOVERY KIDS 2-in-1 4X LED Starlight Lantern and Star Projector
8×21 High-Resolution Real Optics Mini Compact Binoculars
OMWay Kids Camera, Digital Video, (32GB SD Card Included)
Outdoor Explorer Kit & Bug Catcher Kit
Joyfun Walkie Talkies for Kids T-388 Long Distance 2 Way with Flashlight
Kids Camping Gear & Outdoor Exploration Set
Explorer Kit for Kids – Camping Gear & Outdoor Exploration Gift
Walkie Talkies, 22 Channels 2 Way Radio Kid Gift Toy
Collapsible Portable 5 Holes Cornhole Set
gofindit – Outdoor Nature Scavenger Hunt Card Game
Nature Bound BBQ Grill Cookout Camp Stove
Camp Daze Mad Libs
Nature Bound Light & Sound Lantern Kit
PLAYMOBIL Camping Mega Set Toy
Kids Camping Set with Tent 24pcs
Several of these toys can occupy your child at home, as well, as they camp out in the backyard letting them feel like they are out in the wilderness.
As with any outdoor activity, don’t forget to use insect repellent and apply sunscreen.
Be sure to check out the 25+ best dollar store items for summer. I can usually always find something to entertain them for a few hours, too.
I would love to hear your favorite list of toys and Games for Camping in the comment section.