A Better Bedtime Routine

November 2, 2014

Getting children to sleep after an exciting day of camping can be a real challenge – especially after eating too many smores around the campfire! Here are a few quick tips to get your children fast asleep.


children's books to read while camping

As mentioned in the “Always Bring Books” post, these are key for maintaining a similar bedtime routine to at home. Bring one book that you also have at home, and several others that only get read when camping for a special treat.

Divide the Bunk

sheet as a bunk divider in popup camper

If your kids share a bunk, divide the space by hanging a sheet from the bunk end pole. This helps prevent one child from keeping up the other child. It’s also very helpful in the morning to prevent one from waking up the other.


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I've been camping regularly since I was a kid, from quick Cub/Boy Scout trips to week-long backpacking trips and everything else in-between. We got a popup camper when our kids were 1 and 3 years old to enjoy more time outdoors together alongside a few conveniences like heat and running water. Since then, we've spent over 75 nights together as a family in our popup camper. I've learned a lot about the intricacies of a popup tent camper during this time and love to share those lessons here for the benefit of others.