Camping 101: Essentials for Family Camping

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If camping has been on your family bucket list for some time now, the first step is getting the right gear. And when it comes to sleeping outdoors, there are different levels of expertise- but you have to start with the basics. From tents to sleeping bags, we’re sharing a few of our must haves for novice campers.



First up of course, is the actual tent. There are some pretty over the top ones out there, but starting out with a basic tent is great for a simple overnight experience. We have this small 2 person tent from Coleman- but they also offer 4 and 6 person sizes as well. It’s insanely easy to construct and take down, and it fits in a compact carrying bag- perfect for those NYC Parks camping experiences.

Find it now: Coleman 2-Person Sundome Tent, Green




For the kids, we absolutely love the fun sleeping bag prints from Wildkin. For our overnight at the Bronx Zoo, Gia cozied up in this adorable horse sleeping bag, which includes a matching pillow case and carrying bag. We also packed the matching duffel bag- perfect for sleepovers and overnight trips too.

Find it now: Wildkin Microfiber Sleeping Bag with Pillowcase, Horses, One Size

Find it now: Wildkin Horses in Pink Overnighter Duffel Bag



Don’t forget a good foam mat to put underneath those sleeping bags. We found this basic foam mat that is easy to store and transport.

Find it now: ALPS Mountaineering Foam Camping Mat (Extra Large 625)



Some of our favorite gear we like to use even when we’re not camping. Living in NYC, we love to take advantage of all of our city parks and expand our outdoor living area. There are some restaurants with amazing views, but we’ll often pack up the car with our hammock, portable grill, and even a portable butane stovetop for a million dollar view for much less. Bring the kid’s bikes and their favorite outdoor toys, and spend the evening unplugged watching the sunset.


Find it now: STOK Tourist Tabletop Gas Grill

Find it now: Coleman Butane Stove

Find it now: Gear4U: Two Person, Double Camping Hammock with Heavy Duty Tree Straps 



If you haven’t noticed, we like gear that is easy to store. How else can you store an entire campsite in a tiny NYC apartment? We’re loving this Clevermade Snapbasket- which holds 50 cans and collapses for easy storage when not in use.

Find it now: CleverMade SnapBasket 50 Can, Soft-Sided Collapsible Cooler: 30 Liter Insulated Tote Bag, Heathered Charcoal/Black

As for personal hygiene, there are plenty of travel size products that are perfect for camping. But we’re currently loving these Dirty Bird Energy Soaps. Infused with caffeine, these body bars are the perfect way to boost your energy after those early sunrises. They also have Relax and Recover bars- great for post-hiking adventures.

Find it now: DirtyBird Energy Soap – Single Bar



What are your camping must haves and your favorite places to camp? We’d love to hear all about it! If you’re interested in sharing any of your family camping stories, reach out to us and we’d be happy to share!

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