4 Steps to Camp on the Beach with Kids & Printable Activities

Imagine rolling over to see sunny skies, fluffy clouds, and an ocean breeze from the side of your bed. Beach camping is a one-of-a-kind overnight experience and one that can teach your kids a thing or two about the seaside. Take your kids out for a successful beach camping vacation following these four tips for success. 

Pick a Location

You’ve got two coasts completely different coasts to pitch a tent at, now all you need to do is pick your favorite. 

  • West Coast: West coast may be the best coast with its sprawling oceans. Try camping in Bodega Bay, California—a dog-friendly environment that everyone knows and loves.
  • East Coast: Try the undiscovered camping areas on the Florida Panhandle. You’ll love the warm waters along the Gulf of Mexico. 

Create a Packing List

Packing for a beach camping retreat requires some extra foresight. Make sure you include the following beach-specific items in your packing list before you head out to camp at the seaside. To make your vacation relaxing and comfortable, make sure to bring the right beach gear with you.

  • Life jackets
  • Rainfly or tarp
  • Sunscreen
  • Beach Umbrella

Plan Activities

We get it, for mom and dad, watching the waves, content in beach chairs is probably enough to schedule a beach camping trip. Unfortunately, our little ones typically need more excitement than soaking up the sun all day. Bring some sand castle toys, lawn games, and floaties to keep the kids entertained. 

Download the Beach Bingo PDF pack here

For more family fun, print these five beach camping activities for hours of fun. From competitive I-spy to bingo and a matching game, your entire crew will enjoy these easy-to-play games. 

Track the Tides

The last thing you want is to be washed up by a monster wave in the dead of sleep. If your campsite is directly on the oceanfront, you’ll want to monitor this consistently. Measure how far high tide will go and pitch your tent accordingly. 

That’s it! You’re ready for your sandy vacation. Enjoy pitching your tent, lighting up the fire, and roasting marshmallows while you listen to the surreal sound of waves crashing. 

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