Your car is probably packed to the gills with camping equipment and food, and the idea of stuffing in more supplies might seem impossible. However, if you're hitting the wilderness with kids, it pays to make room for a few helpful tools.
For example, bring a book about nature to make it easy to teach your kids about the types of birds, animals and other wildlife you encounter on your hikes. Provide a plastic sand pail for smaller kids to collect interesting rocks, leaves and acorns. Be sure to pack a few favorite toys in case the novelty of camping wears off. Building blocks, toy cars and board games will go a long way toward keeping youngsters entertained once they've had their fill of nature-related activities.