Camp stories

Camp traditions



Family activities

Featured camps

Camping Hacks For Families

Written By: happycamper

It’s camping season! Avoid the stress and try these camping tips and tricks. Camping doesn’t have to be a lot of work. It can be fun for parents and kids. Try these camping hacks for families on your next camping trip in 2021. These camping tips and tricks will help your family have a great time camping.

Here are six camping hacks for your next family camping trip!


Camping Hack: Glow Sticksglow sticks

Glow sticks can provide evening entertainment and a way to see at night. Hang a couple of glow sticks in your tent and you’ll have enough light to see if you have to get up in the middle of the night. 

Glow sticks come in fun patterns and colors, so pick up a bunch and your kids can have fun building necklaces, hats, and other fun glow stick wearables. Glow sticks will light up camp and light up smiles on your kids’ faces.


Camping Hack: Freeze Gallons of Water 

Freeze a couple of gallons of water to use in your cooler to keep food cold. After they thaw you’ll have water you can use for drinking, doing dishes, and cooking around camp. 


Camping Hack: Shoe Box

Bring a plastic bin or basket and put it either right outside of the tent, or right inside of the tent. Ask people to remove their shoes as they enter the tent. It will keep the tent cleaner, and will keep your blankets and pillows from getting dirt on them. 


Camping Hack: Pool Noodlespool noodles

This camping hack will keep your campsite safer so people aren’t tripping and breaking bones. Use pool noodles to cover your tent poles that are staked into the ground. Tent poles are usually thin and hard to see. Pool noodles are brightly colored and cushiony. With pool noodles around your camp you’re sure to see the areas you should avoid. 


Camping Hack: Bring Water Guns

Tell the kids to pack their water guns, and bring extra water to fill them with. Allow the kids to have a few designated “water fight” times during the hot day. Get the kids to help with the dishes by using a water gun to rinse them off.


Camping Hack: Cooking

Pre-cooking meals is an easy way to manage the food side of camping. Pre-cook chili, macaroni and cheese, and other easy to freeze dinners.Simply thaw, pour the dish into a pan over the fire, and heat up until warm. Then serve. 

For other food-related camping hacks, check out our blog: 5 Easy Camping Meals For Kids.

Tagged:- campfire, campfire cooking, Camping, camping hacks, outdoor adventure camp, outdoor camp


Camp traditions


A Day In The Life Of A Summer Camper

Every summer camp is different, so a day in the life of a camper will vary depending on the summer camp you are attending. Summer camp usually involves eating fun camp food, trying new activities, learning to take care of your bunk and self, and making new friends. No day is exactly the same, but […]

Family activities


Rainy Day Activities For Kids

This is a guest blog written by Stephanie Haywood of When the weather keeps your kids from playing outside, it’s important to keep them entertained and engaged indoors. Rainy days can be a challenge, but there are lots of creative things you can do with your kids when they’re stuck inside. From movie marathons […]



How To Hire Great Summer Camp Staff

Hiring a great team is what makes a great summer camp. Building a community of positive and friendly counselors that make your campers feel at ease is essential. The magic of summer camp starts with your camp counselors! They’re the ones that initially welcome campers, check in with them daily, run activities and teach new […]


Arts and crafts

10 Easy DIY Summer Camp Crafts For Kids

Arts and crafts are an essential element of summer camp. They inspire creativity and are just plain fun. Happy Camper Live has virtual arts and crafts offerings available on demand that campers are sure to love.  Let’s explore 10 easy DIY summer camp crafts for kids.    Pine Cone Bird Feeders Pine cone bird feeders […]



Healthy And Fun Summer Camp Snack Ideas For Kids

Want to step up your snack game, but need ideas? Summer camps know how to make snacks that keep kids energized throughout the day. Next time you’re looking for an idea, try these healthy and fun summer camp snack ideas for kids.    Breakfast Bananas Peel a banana, cut the bottom so it’s flat, and […]



Essentials For Back To School


Connecting As A Family


4 Survival Skills Kids Should Know


Gather Around



Activities (161)

Arts and crafts (47)

Camp stories (11)

Camp traditions (20)

Campers (67)

Cooking (29)

Family activities (69)

Featured camps (12)

Gift Guides (9)

Music (7)

Outdoor adventure (25)

Parents (57)

Podcast (25)

School (13)

Science (6)

Sports (25)

STEM (3)

Water sports (1)