Making family camping better for teenagers

July 17, 2014

Family camping doesn’t have to stop when you have a teenager. Here’s a few ideas to help make a better camping experience for your teenager…

Creating a better camping experience for your teenager

Camping, Teenagers, & Families

It’s only natural that as your child grows up and becomes a teenager they’ll want more independence:

  • They will not always want to go camping with mum, dad, brothers & sisters
  • They’ll want their own space that they are in control of
  • They’ll want to spend more time with their friends

For families that have been used to spending time together, this change through the teenage years can be difficult at times. But remember, they’re becoming an adult. If a group of adults went camping, we wouldn’t think twice in having multiple tents, so why not grant your son or daughter a bit of independence and get them a tent of their own?

A tent of their own?

Getting additional tents is not always practical as there’s more to take, and not to mention the cost.

However, there’s a solution to this, at least for the summer time.

We’ve written before how the Easy Camp Antic tent would be good for teenagers. Well now we’ve got our hands on one, this tent really hits the mark.

It’s quick and easy to put up, as well as having a ‘bit of attitude’ in tent design, plus comes with a matching summer sleeping bag.

This sort of tent is an ideal extra to take on family camps, enabling your teenager to have their own space.

It sleeps two as well, so if you have the car seat space, they could even take a friend.

A lot of campsites charge per head, and not per tent, and won’t mind an extra pop-up, so if you go to the right campsite, it won’t cost you any more to stay.

The tent is also ideal for back garden summer sleepovers, and easy for them to take to a friend’s house too. (Click here to read more details about this tent in our review).

Taking things further

A cool tent or sleeping bag is one thing, but you could take thing further…and be a cool parent 😉

How about some music?

HMDX Bluetooth Speaker
A Bluetooth speaker is great for playing music from an iPod or phone.

We’ve been really impressed with this HMDX Bluetooth speaker, and have been using for about a year.

Whilst Mum and Dad doesn’t necessarily like music playing at the campsite, this is a great for your teenage son or daughter, especially if they are with friends.

Independent Eating

Light My Fire Meal Kit Contents
We want to keep family meals together, and think this is really important. However, there’s nothing to stop you encouraging your son or daughter to start being responsible for their own things, and perhaps have their own plate and cup that they have to keep clean.

We recently reviewed this Light My Fire Meal Kit that’s a perfect all-in-one set. Alternatively, this Lifeventure D of E Recommended set is rugged and does the job.

With a little bit of thinking ahead, you can get some items to keep family camping fun for all ages, including teenagers 😉


Disclaimer: With thanks to Easy Camp for proving the Antic Pop-up tent for us to review. See our full review here.

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Father to 3 kids, who loves getting out and about (hiking, running, camping, cycling, canoeing...) Co-founded Get Out With The Kids to help other parents enjoy the outdoors with their family.

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