A Familiar Item from Home
Sleeping outdoors can be a little overwhelming for young campers, so bring something familiar from home. Help your child pick out an item to take along, like a toy or pillow. Security blankets and stuffed toys are also good choices, and can help kids feel comfortable and relaxed in an unfamiliar environment. Just remember that everything on a camping trip is subject to the elements, wildlife and who knows what else; if the item is particularly beloved, put it someplace secure (like the car, or a zipped-up pack) during daylight hours.