A Maritime Family Friendly Camping List


Happy Summer!  Here’s hoping you’re headed camping with your family in Nova Scotia if you’re reading our blog.  We enjoy hearing customers list their favourite Nurtured items to take along camping with their families.

While you’re scouring the web for that perfect Family Camping Checklist scroll below to see what we added to Cozi family organizer’s list or read here for our top 5 camping with kid must haves.  We’ve compiled a thoughtful and friendly Nurtured walkthrough with your littlest ones in mind! Bet you’ll picture yourself camping very quickly! Enjoy!

Here’s a few favourite items to check out:

1PM: Arrive to the campsite and buy firewood. (FYI, read here for reasons not to transport firewood.)

Have fun setting up your tent! I like to have special jobs  I’ve talked to my kids about on the way down to the campsite (like who holds the stakes until they’re needed) or if your child is younger, a special bag of toys/snacks to keep them occupied. 

Check what time the sun goes down.  Estimate 8:30pm and if you have a drive up campsite, have layers or Wee Woollies pjs on the front seat of the car ready and waiting. 

Organization is key: the car door gets the bug spray, flashlight and the sunscreen plus the toothbrushes and toothpaste. When there’s a plan there is always less chaos and questions for mom on the first night.

Fire safety. Place your water filled bucket at the fire pit before you start the fire.

Through the years we’ve learned to draw a line our kids know is an “approved person only area” around the fire. Kudos to the 12-year-old who is now our family’s fire builder. He’s been camping since he was 1 year old in the Canadian Rockies. One of the many reasons I love camping with my family is the awareness of my kids’ ever growing abilities each year. Guess who is packing the gear this year? 

A few words on packing the cooler. A few days ahead I like to freeze things like applesauce, yogurt and juice. Try a few of our reusable snack containers in shop. Having your first night’s supper already diced and ready to toss onto an open fire before you leave your home is a must. Some years past this has been good ol’ precooked goulash. Thank you very much to easy heat and serve meals or even something that can be enjoyed cold. No judgement… If someone can remind me to pack the butter, salt and pepper for the corn on the cob I will forever be grateful. Yum.   

Don’t skip the Sunscreen.  Water resistant for 80 minutes, Thinkbaby or ThinkSport sunscreen is non nano particle, 20% zinc, family friendly formula that applies in a non-greasy or ghost white application. Their stick of sunscreen is one of the easiest things I can now pass along to my kids and they’ll apply it to their ears, forehead and noses on their own. Hooray for diligence in use through the years. 

Be prepared, the Maritimes can be chilly. Nighttime can be damp and cool especially if you’re near the water. You’ll be so glad Wee Woollies are on your child. These are perfect camping jammies as they’re always the right temperature for the body and great clothing for early morning play. Also, let your kids get dirty, remembering, wool performs best when it’s washed less, so , just hang it in between use in a nice airy place and pop it back on your kids. Also don’t be surprised if your kids have zero interest in taking it off even on the hottest afternoons. My kids stay playing in their merino wool right past breakfast.

Keep everyone hydrated. Have your stainless steel water bottles filled, and plates and cups ready- I find items that are easy to clean, lightweight to pack, and stack up compact are longtime camping favourites. Ask about our stainless steel plates in store that have become a favourite amongst our customers (who buy us out about this time every year) reporting their durability and multi-use function (plus inexpensive price point) an easy win for their family. 

First Aid and Bug Spray– With the number of ticks soaring in Eastern Canada, we were happy to partner up in carrying Mahone Bay’s own Atlantick Body Spray. This locally made and Acadia University studied body spray is quickly proving to bring relief in something that is refreshing and nice to reapply. 

Many of our customers have created kits to place along with their first aid kit. You can do this simply by having Atlantick’s Tick Picks (NEVER TWIST. Using a crowbar method with a tick pick is recommended and more specific to the job of removal than tweezers), a picture for how to identify a tick, plus container(s) and a bag of cotton balls in which you can moisten to keep the tick moist if bitten so you can submit it for testing.) 

Every wary of the long lasting effects of Lyme, it’s essential to learn that part of keeping ticks away is simply in masking your scent and the carbon dioxide you emit. You can rest easy in Atlantick’s natural ingredient based formula and reapply every 2-3 hours. If you’re on a hike or working up a sweat, reapply more frequently. Not recommended for pregnant women or children under 6 months. 

Nurtured tip: A lint roller is also said be an effective tool for keeping near your tent entry. A quick roll over can remove even the tiniest baby ticks but nothing beats tucking pant legs into socks, wearing long sleeves and checking waistbands, and warm areas of the body before retiring for the night.


And finally, here’s Cozi’s handy Family Camping checklist. Have fun!

  • Tent, poles, stakes
  • Tent footprint (ground cover for under your tent)
  • Extra tarp or canopy
  • Sleeping bag for each camper
  • Sleeping pad for each camper
  • Repair kit for pads, mattress, tent, tarp
  • Pillows
  • Extra blankets
  • Chairs
  • Headlamps or flashlights (extra batteries)
  • Lantern
  • Lantern fuel or batteries
  • Stove
  • Fuel for stove
  • Matches or lighter
  • Firewood (plan to purchase this from your campsite)
  • Frying pan
  • Pot
  • French press or portable coffee maker
  • Corkscrew
  • Tablecloth
  • Roasting sticks for marshmallows, hot dogs
  • Food-storage reusable containers, bags
  • Trash bags
  • Cooler
  • Ice
  • Water bottles
  • Plates, bowls, forks, spoons, knives
  • Cups, mugs
  • Paring knife, spatula, cooking spoon
  • Cutting board
  • Foil
  • Biodegradable soap
  • Sponge, dishcloth, dishtowel
  • Extra bin for washing dishes
  • Clothes for daytime
  • Sleepwear
  • Swimsuits
  • Rainwear
  • Shoes: hiking/walking shoes, easy-on shoes, water shoes
  • Extra layers for warmth
  • Gloves
  • Hats
  • Sunscreen
  • Insect repellant
  • First-aid kit
  • Prescription medications
  • Toothbrush, toiletries
  • Soap
  • POTTY For Potty Learning!
  • Camera
  • Campsite reservation confirmation, phone number
  • Maps, area information
  • Bikes, toys
  • Pet supplies and food

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