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Rooftop Tent Camping with Kids: Tips for Family-Friendly Adventures

Rooftop Tent Camping with Kids: Tips for Family-Friendly Adventures

For families with a sense of adventure, bonding while enjoying the beauty of the great outdoors doesn’t get better than with rooftop tent camping. Now, camping with the kids can be challenging, but there are ways you can make the experience as simple and stress-free as possible. Let’s get into some helpful hacks for car rooftop tent camping when you have kids in tow.

Make a Plan Before Setting Out

When you hit the road to go camping, it’s crucial to be prepared. Now, when kids are part of the equation, preparation and planning take on a whole new level of importance. You need to take into consideration things like making regular pit stops for snacks, breaks and leg-stretching when mapping out your route beforehand.

A great way to make sure you’ve got all grounds covered for family-friendly car rooftop tent camping is to create a checklist. Here’s what you can start off with:

Find a Family-Friendly Camping Ground

The rugged Aussie bush isn’t always the best choice when camping with kids so you need to choose the right camping location carefully. Consider going to family-friendly campgrounds that offer amenities like potable water, clean bathrooms, communal gas BBQs, picnic tables, fire pits and more. Having these types of amenities readily available will make that first camping trip easier.

Choose a Comfortable Tent

Before you buy a car rooftop tent, you first have to decide how many people you need to sleep. The great thing about DARCHE rooftop tents is that they come in a bunch of different models and sizes, depending on the amount of space you need, so choosing one that accommodates your family comfortably is crucial. The DARCHE Basecamp Roof Top Tent provides plenty of space for larger families to stretch out and get a good night's sleep.

Upgrade Your Campsite

Once you’ve picked a level spot to park your car, it’s time to set up a campsite that’s safe and fun for kids. The first step is to clear the area of any rocks, branches, and debris to avoid any trips stubbed toes, especially at night or while the kids are playing. 

Rooftop tent camping with the kids means setting up a bigger campsite than when you’re travelling solo or with the missus, so consider setting up a freestanding awning. It’s a simple way to add some extra shelter and keep everyone comfortable no matter the weather. 

Also, make sure you have proper interior and exterior lighting to make trips up and down the ladder from the rooftop tent in the middle of the night easier and safer for everyone. Putting in these extra efforts really makes a difference in your camping experience.

Pack the Essentials and the Entertainment

To pack like a pro, you’ll want the camping essentials like sunscreen, insect repellent and snacks within reach. Keep them in the rooftop tent storage pockets for easy access at all times. You’ll also need entertainment options to keep the kids occupied. Ditch the screens and bring along a tub full of toys and activities to entertain the kids instead. Pack it with everything from a footy and soccer ball to colouring books, bubbles, card games and other toys your kids can play with.


Now that we’ve shared some essential tips for ensuring your car rooftop tent camping experience is safe for the whole family, it’s time for you to take your outdoor exploration to new heights. So pack up, climb up and enjoy a comfortable camping experience off the ground when you check out the DARCHE range of rooftop tents online today.

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