10 tips for camping with kids and still getting a good night’s sleep!

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10 tips for camping with kids and still getting a good night’s sleep!

Top sleeping tips for camping with kids with Duvalay

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When I first started camping, getting a good night’s sleep was one of the most difficult parts of our camping adventures.  Since then I’ve picked up a few tricks for getting the kids and myself to sleep longer and asked some of my favourite parent and travel bloggers to share their top tips as well.

For me, a good night’s sleep starts with having a comfortable, warm sleeping bag.

Duvalay Parent & Child Sleeping Bag Camping Bundle

The Duvalay is a clever, award winning duvet and topper combination.  The  luxury polycotton bedding cover includes a bottom pocket which holds the memory foam topper, and a top cover which holds the duvet. It’s very simple to pack and use as it rolls up and is fastened with straps.  The Dinky Duvalay is specially designed for children aged 2 to 8 and even won a Bizzie Baby Gold Award in 2017 in response to feedback from a panel of parent reviewers.

Once you have your comfortable sleeping bag sorted, here are 10 other tips to help you and your family have a fantastic night’s sleep on your next camping trip.

  1. Getting kids to settle down at a camp site is easier if you bring a book or cuddly toys from their regular bed time routine.  Even if they’re going to bed much later than normal, having some familiar items can help them fall asleep more quickly.
  2. Always make sure they go to the campsite loo before bed, regardless of whether or not they say they need it. You don’t want to be walking to the loos in the middle in the night. Take a potty for younger children to prevent having to walk there in the middle of the night. – Lisa Jane www.travellovingfamily.com
  3. Pack a hot water bottle and as many fleecy jimjams as you have at your disposal. – Raising Badgers raisingbadgers.com
  4. We always stay on a pitch with a hook up and take a camping heater. My kids always sleep better when they’re nice and warm! – Zoe Bell  thetaleofmummyhood.com
  5. Earplugs. Once the kids are worn out and asleep they will be fine but you’ll be kept awake by their rustling around in sleeping bags or other people’s snoring. – Claire Nicholas www.emmysmummy.com  You may want to bring these for the kids as well.  For older children eye masks and ear plugs. My boys are 7 and 10 and these work beautifully. – Daisy Huntington daislikethese.com
  6. Bedtime layers. Some children can feel the cold (bed socks required) whereas others will get hot and sweaty so pack a couple of bedtime layers for both eventualities. – Claire Beswick www.ouralteredlife.com
  7. Make sure you have an easy to use night light or torch. My daughter woke up last time we were camping and was scared in the dark, so ended up sleeping with us and squishing me! Next trip we’ll take her night light teddy so she’s not afraid. – Victoria Sully www.healthyvix.com
  8. Bog in a bag! It’s a genius pop up loo that means you don’t have to trek over fields in the middle of the night when someone needs a wee. – Helen Willis www.actuallymummy.co.uk
  9. A tent with black out curtains – to stop early rising is a must! Carrie Bradley www.flyingwithababy.com
  10. Bring toys for early morning wake ups.  Anything they will play with quietly in the tent, cars, colouring books, dolls etc. might help you get a bit more sleep when they wake up early.

Birds and Lilies has 10 more tips for camping with kids for more inspiration and Navigating Baby has more ideas on how to manage camping with small children.

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I'm an American mum of two Yorkshire tots who love adventures! I run www.yorkshiretots.com, a website for events, news & fun for families in West Yorkshire.

106 Responses to 10 tips for camping with kids and still getting a good night’s sleep!

  1. Maria blythin says:

    i would love this for when my neices come to stay x they would love it

  2. iain maciver says:

    this would be perfect for our busy household for camping and sleepovers

  3. Linda Gray says:

    Perfect combination; mother and child, and so colourful!

  4. This would be awesome for when we go camping!
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  5. Susan Smith says:

    Would be fabulous for sleepovers and our camping trips

  6. Debbie Finnerty says:

    I would love to win this bundle for the family we love camping so this would be a great addition to our kit it would also be great for sleepovers or when extra guests turn up 😉

  7. pete c says:

    we`re a camping family . we know these products are good so they`d come in really useful

  8. Joo Dee says:

    would leave an Grannies house for little ones visits!!

  9. Sally Collingwood says:

    This would be great for when my grandchildren come to stay!

  10. Peter Watson says:

    My grandson is 7 weeks old and his parents would make very good use of these exceptional prizes.

  11. Katie says:

    It would be ideal for my niece, either when she comes to stay at our house, or when she has friends to stay at her house.

  12. Kim M says:

    Looks so cosy – perfect for camping out in the garden x

  13. Jenna Hegarty says:

    I’m not a natural camper and don’t want to pass that onto my children. So anything that can help keep them toasty warm and comfortable will be a huge help

  14. Sarah Read says:

    I would love to win this for our first family campaign no holiday in a few weeks time! Hoping we survive it with two toddlers!! I’m sure some good sleeping bags would help 🙂

  15. These would be fab, we all live camping but often struggle to sleep

  16. Amanda Mahoney says:

    I’ve just done a week in an old sleeping bag on an air bed in a tent. Trust me, I need this.

  17. Solange says:

    We’re big fans of camping in our house.

  18. Rachael says:

    We do a lot of camping with our kids and have roughed it so many times with lack of equipment! We are getting better with experience. The kids would love this… What a treat it would be ⛺☺

  19. Terri Dudey says:

    would love to win for my little boy we camped for the first time last year and he loved it so it’s on the calendar to do in next 2 weeks xx

  20. Niki Marie Wardle says:

    I’d love to win this fab bundle for when we go camping, the sleeping bag I use is the same one I used in cadets as a teen!

  21. Maria hackett says:

    we just went on our first camping holiday and my girls loved it. we had a fantastic time in Snowdonia North wales and we are already making plans to go back this september. This set would be fantastic, thank you.

  22. Violet Phillippo says:

    I’m going camping with my friends in Dorset this Autumn, so this would be so useful!

  23. I really want to take my boys camping this set would be lovely to take with us

  24. Rachael Sexey says:

    This would be amazing for our many camping trips 🙂

  25. Alice Colling says:

    I haven’t taken my daughter camping yet as I was not sure she would like it, but I think she would love this.

  26. Lorna Ledger says:

    We go camping a lot (me 40, my partner 43, and my daughter 17) I would love to take my Niece and Nephew (5 and 7) to enjoy the fun too, so this would be a great start xx

  27. Caron Twyman says:

    I’d love to win so I can use them when I take my grandson camping. Thanks

  28. Jo Hutchings says:

    We’ve been considering going camping as a family for a while and I think this would give us the nudge that we need.

  29. Jodie W says:

    This would be great for our next family camping trip. We took our son camping for the first time a fortnight ago, and it was good fun.

  30. caroline martin says:

    We have recently discovered how fun camping can be with our son but need some decent camping gear

  31. Rebecca says:

    We have just started our camping collection ready for our first holiday x

  32. Jade marie says:

    My children love camping this would be awesome ☺

  33. john prendergast says:

    Would be great for my niece

  34. amy bondoc says:

    these would be super for when i taky my nieces and nephews camping

  35. Tracy Nixon says:

    This prize would be perfect for our family who regularly go camping and have/go to sleepovers!

  36. Helen Moulden says:

    I’d love to win it because our little one is animal mad and would think this is amazing!

  37. MM says:

    It would make our camping trips a lot more comfortable.

  38. LAURA MILTON says:

    I would love to win as we have just bought our first big family tent and cant wait to try it out! These would be great for the kids <3

  39. Yolanda Davis says:

    The kids would have so much fun with it.

  40. Ren Taylor says:

    Would love to win this for my sister who has a 4 year old and her 2nd due November as we all love camping together and this would help her keep snuggly with the little ones ❤

  41. kathrine krogulec says:

    Overnight stays when on babysitting duty will become exciting camping adventures 🙂

  42. Lorraine Tinsley says:

    We love going camping as a family and this would be really nice for my little one to use when we are away

  43. Anna Stimson says:

    As a family we love to camp but I still love to make it as comfortable as possible. This bundle looks great

  44. michelle o'neill says:

    would be great for my grandaughter

  45. Michelle Ferguson says:

    My nephew adores camping so would be perfect for him

  46. Julie Smith says:

    A great product – I end up taking a piece of memory foam separately but it always ends up getting a bit tatty and dirty so this is ideal. I had no idea this existed.

  47. P Wendy Clayton says:

    So much easier than taking everything separately and my grandchildren would use it when they stay here instead of me making beds up

  48. Alison Johnson says:

    Would be great as we are supposed to be going camping with our friends soon.

  49. would love to win, all we would need to get then would be the tent!! lol x

  50. We have just been camping as my daughter has been asking to go for ages. She absolutely loves it.

  51. James Travis says:

    Be a great prize for my relatives

  52. Susan Willshee says:

    I would love to win because Daisy has just joined girl guides and I am positive that at some point soon we will be going away for a weekend.

  53. Rhia P says:

    Coz we love our family camping trips but I’m always worried that my little boy will get cold… I feel the cold myself and often wake up freezing in the tent! So these would give me both peace of mind AND cosy toes!

  54. Sam Parkes says:

    Perfect for camping, they look so comfy compared to your average sleeping bag

  55. We have just brought our very first tent for lots of family camping adventures and this would be perfect for my little girl to snuggle up in on the cold evenings! Fingers crossed xx
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  56. Gary Topley says:

    To get my daughters into camping, I have put the tent up in the garden, so winning this would be brilliant for that. Thankyou for the competition x

  57. janine atkin says:

    id love this for the next time we go camping

  58. Christine Lockley says:

    What a fabulous prize, I’d love to win these goodies as they’d be perfect for camping (in the garden or elsewhere) and great for sleepovers too

  59. Emily Jayne Phipps says:

    Me and my son have just started camping together this year and he loves it!! It would be absolutely fab to win this!!!

  60. Karenhutchinson says:

    My son goes on his second beaver camp soon – would love this for him

  61. Sophie Marie Cartwright says:

    My parents are always going camping and we are set to join them next month on our first camping trip! My son can not wait so this would make it extra exciting!

  62. Rich Tyler says:

    Be lovely for my little 1 🙂

  63. Claire Woods says:

    I’d love to try camping.

  64. cheryl hadfield says:

    This would be perfect for our next family camping trip to the lake district

  65. Catherine Spencer says:

    This would be fantastic for when my daughter and granddaughter come to visit and sleep over. Also handy for when we are camping for my twin boys thanks x love the tips very helpful.

  66. Anthea Holloway says:

    I would love to win this for when my grandchildren come to stay and we could camp out in the garden!

  67. Donna Caldwell says:

    This would be fab or sleeping bags have become rather old I’d love a more comfortable sleep when we go camping again

  68. Nancy Bradford says:

    This is so lovely. My daughter would love it for camping and sleepovers.

  69. DENISE WILDEN says:

    Ideal for sleepovers and have friends over and camping with the cousins

  70. Mary-Ann Smith says:

    ideal for camping and when we stay over at grandmas as it will make it more of an adventure!

  71. Samantha Philpott says:

    This would be the perfect bubdle for camping

  72. paula cheadle says:

    This would be fantastic for when my grandchildren come to stay

  73. Em S says:

    It would be brilliant for sleepovers

  74. Jane Middleton says:

    It would be great for family camping trips

  75. Kerry Taylor says:

    My little boy is 3 and I haven’t been brave enough to take him camping yet. We have the tent, so sleeping bags would be very useful! Maybe we’ll try the garden first…

  76. amanda greensmith says:

    we love camping and our grandchildren have also gotten the bug of coming camping with us too

  77. Kim Neville says:

    Lovely design and looks cosy to sleep in

  78. Ruth Harwood says:

    We have an urge to take the kids camping, only thing stopping me is memories of the nightmare of camping as a kid – I hated it!!

  79. Paul Ballantine says:

    Would love to win this for my niece

  80. Jacqueline Roberts says:

    Just what we need for our Grandson he loves camping with us

  81. SUNITA VERMA says:

    This is perfect for distracting from the bugs

  82. Anneka Avery says:

    I’d love to win so my daughter and I could play camping in our living room on rainy days!

  83. Teddy cleary says:

    Something wonderful about camping and Sleeping in this beauty would certainly be lovely Ava would love it that’s for sure and getting her into bed whilst on holiday would be easier with this

  84. Perfect for sleepovers

  85. This would be good for when grandad takes the little ones camping thanks for the chance

  86. lynn neal says:

    This would perfect for when my grandchildren sleep over as well as camping trips and other stays away from home!

  87. Louise Rugeroni says:

    I would love to take my little girl camping, so this would be a fantastic piece of kit!

  88. Denise walton says:

    I would love to win for my grandson he would love it

  89. Laura Wright says:

    I would love to win it for one of my best friends and her little ones, who have moved away, so they can come and stay nearby!

  90. Kate Davies says:

    This would be perfect for sleep overs and camping trips.

  91. CAROL PATRICK says:

    A fabulous sleepover bundle, just perfect for camping trips too

  92. Tracey Anderson says:

    The perfect bundle for not only our adventures but also when the pumpkins stay over 🙂

  93. Eve H Ogden says:

    Perfect for our family camping trips

  94. Tracy Hanley says:

    Perfect for when the grandkids have sleep overs

  95. Tracey says:

    I’d like to win it so we can take it away in the caravan with us and maybe even take one of the granchildren! Only maybe!

  96. Bev Cannar says:

    Perfect for when we’re staying out in Rocky our beloved campervan!!!

  97. Laura Lee says:

    We have just started camping as a family and with 3 boys and a hubby I am still trying to love it LOL, my youngest would love this and would make it even more fun for him. I have got my fingers and toes crossed thanks for the chance

  98. Rachel B says:

    wow I’d love to win so me and my little girl could have a camping trip, even it is just in the garden!

  99. Claire Elizabeth Noke says:

    We love our camping! so new sleeping bags would be lovely xx

  100. Lia Burns says:

    I would love to win this bundle as we have booked our first camping holiday for next month with our 13m old girl x

  101. Natalie Crossan says:

    We would love to go camping so this would be really useful x

  102. Tee Simpson says:

    We plan on going camping soon and this would ve fab for my daughter to keep her warm and dry

  103. Robyn Clarke says:

    We live far away from family, so all our get-togethers involve sleepovers, this would make things a lot easier for us.

  104. Tania Watkins says:

    Far more comfy than our old sleeping bags

  105. Jessica says:

    Hi Erin,
    Great tips! This sleeping bag looks comfy and the print’s so cute 🙂 My boys would definitely love this one!

  106. Ella Lauren says:

    Really superb Tips! I will definitely be going to gift this sleeping bag to my boy. He will surely like it.

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