How to Deal with Common (& Messy) Situations in Family Camping

Camping with kids can be so much fun. The wonders they see and have while in nature through their little eyes are so amazing to watch.  However, there are some fun and well common issues that come with taking the little tikes along. (Don’t forget to look at the must-have gear to make camping with kids easier). And, some of these will probably make lasting memories for you and your partner.

Like adults, kids have to use the bathroom as well.  And, well, as adults we know how to do this in a private manner without a lot of questions.  BUT!! Not the kids. They will have all kinds of “why” questions most likely, so when you plan to take the kids on a long hike or camp out in the woods, be sure you are prepared for the questions and pack your patience.


When they have to pee, they will most likely find it fun to pee in the woods, especially the boys. But, when it comes to going number 2, this can present a lot of questions.

Some things as an adult that you should remember are that you need to do this at least 200 feet from any water source.  And, the hole must be at least 6″ deep and around 4″ wide. When you have the hole, let them do their thing and cover it up.

However, some kids are not going to wait for you to dig that hole. In that case, which this gets a little messier, is to have them go on some leaves or over a tree branch. Then, using your trowel you can dig the hole and scoop it up and into the hole and cover it up.

Remember, this is supposed to be fun! And, if you think about it, talk to the kids before you leave and explain to them the procedures.  This will allow you to answer questions while you are home and relatively unannoyed.

Vomiting while camping

Instead of illness, let’s just hope that vomiting is from a bug flying in while breathing or maybe taking in too much water while swimming.  Whatever the reason, vomit is not something that is fun to deal with at home or while primitive camping. When nature calls and vomit is all over, you will need to act quickly and get the child into clean clothing, as you as well.

Then, if it is the middle of the night, place the clothes in a pile for the morning, out of the tent.  But, if it is during the day, you need to find water to rinse the clothing off with. This can be done with a river or creek but not in the water source.  You will need a bucket that you can clean up the mess with and then get rid of the water, again, at least 200 feet from the water source to not contaminate the source.

Keeping Clean

Keeping clean is something that is a privilege in life. However, some people really enjoy this privilege. Remember, there are not always showers available in primitive camping, so take wipes or a washcloth. You can boil some water and add a bit of cold to get it to a good temperature to basically a sponge bath. Use biodegradable soap and keep away from the waterways.


I have been camping and going outdoors for over 15 years! My first experience was when I joined the scouts. There I learned a lot. From building a campfire to set up a really big tent. Then I know this is awesome. Around 2005 I also started Geocaching. This is a lot of fun. And every time we go camping we look at the map to see if there are some nice caches around.

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