We are loving summertime! There are so many things to do as a family here in southwest Florida for the day, overnight, or for the weekend. We have never been camping with the kids but we are hoping to soon. I know it seems crazy to go camping in southwest Florida but there are some great spots and the amenities are awesome!
Here are 5 great camping spots in southwest Florida:
- Naples / Marco Island KOA – 1700 Barefoot Williams Road in Naples
There is wi-fi, fishing, a pool open year round and more.
- Turtle Beach Campground – at 8862 Midnight Pass Road in Sarasota.
There is free wi-fi, a playground for the kids, bathrooms, and more.
- Ramblers Rest RV Campground – 1300 North River Rd in Venice
This is an RV campground only! No tenting. They have a great children’s splash area, pool, and lots more!
- Gulf Coast Camping Resort – 24020 Production Circle in Bonita Springs
Pet-friendly, a pool, and more!
- Woodsmoke Camping Resort – 19551 US Highway 41 in Fort Myers
Wi-fi, bathhouses, heated pool, and more!
Camping with kids can be hectic and crazy, but fun! When you pack, you need to bring the obvious tent, air mattress, etc. But here are 10 summer camping essentials you may not have thought of that you will definitely want to pack!
These are 10 summer camping essentials for your camping trip:
- Scott® Rapid-Dissolving toilet paper
This is our favorite toilet paper and we always pack it to go with us. It is rapid-dissolving toilet paper which means it is flushable in any kind of toilet. So if you are camping in a tent and using the public bathrooms or RV camping, this is the toilet paper that works best!
It’s sewer and septic safe and breaks up 4 times faster than average toilet papers. Right now there is a special $2.50 coupon you can use when you purchase the 12 pack on Amazon. Redeem your $2.50 coupon here. Amazon is so convenient to buy from- you just click a button and it’s delivered to your doorstep!
- Rain Coats
You never know when storms will blow in and out in southwest Florida. Pack a rain coat!
- Outdoor Rug
This is something that will definitely help keep sand and dirt out of your tent. Plus, I love me a good door mat! I have one for every holiday. There is probably a camping one out there too!
- Bug Spray
You definitely, definitely need bug spray. The mosquitoes can be pretty bad in southwest Florida. Check out who to call about the pesky mosquitoes here. There are lots of good sprays you can get that are good for kids.
- Suntan lotion
There are so many good pools and splash areas at these campgrounds. Definitely keep those kiddos safe from the sun with suntan lotion.
- Portable fans
We have a box fan that takes batteries and then we also bring the mini fans that you can wear around your neck. You will need batteries for those too!! Definitely don’t wear the mini fans to bed because that could be a choking hazard.
- Bath towels
I think the reason for needing this is obvious. haha.
- Dust pan and brush
This is great for inside the tent! You can sweep out any dirt and sand that the kids drag in.
- Toddler Potty Chair
Toddlers have to use the potty more than adults so it might be helpful just to have a toddler potty right there at your camp site. Plus then you don’t have to worry about the yuckiness (is that a word?) in the public bathroom. Don’t forget to use your Scott® Rapid-Dissolving toilet paper!
In case you have to find something in the dark…or walk somewhere in the dark.
What do you never leave at home when you go camping? Comment below to let me know!