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Camping With Kids (and Ryobi)… Tips and Tricks

Do you keep dodging requests to go camping with kids? You aren’t alone! Mums often put camping in the too hard basket for a number of reasons, however, I want to show parents that they can make camping with kids both comfortable and practical. Even when you are a beginner.

We are avid campers so do it A LOT. So much so, that we actually have another blog solely focused on Australian family travel. This has given us great insight and experience into how to get the most out of camping with kids and how to make it more comfortable for those just starting out.

camping with kids sitting on OZtrail chair with OZtrail swag and campfire

Ryobi tools used when camping

Together with Ryobi, we have compiled a list of tools that make the camping experience easier and more enjoyable for those who aren’t ready to completely go without creature comforts. Ryobi specialises in making quality power tools that are intuitive and easy to use, perfect for even beginners. Continue reading to see why we used them and our Ryobi One+ tool reviews.

RYOBI ONE+ tools

Ryobi One+ 18V Brushless Chainsaw review

Is it really even camping without a campfire to toast marshmallows? Yeah didn’t think so. We always sit around the fire and chat, stargaze and in winter just to keep warm. I mean, the crackle of a campfire is pretty hard to beat! This is an easy how to light a campfire guide.

After setting up camp and armed with the Ryobi 18V ONE+ brushless chainsaw and wood collection permit, we took off to find firewood. If you are just starting out and not confident using a chainsaw you might prefer to purchase pre-cut wood from your local service station, Bunnings or firewood supplier.

cutting firewood with Ryobi chainsaw

What we love

  • Quite powerful considering it is battery powered – 18V Brushless motor
  • Light weight – 3.2kg
  • Quieter than a petrol powered chainsaw – 92.9 dB
  • 10” bar is ample for cutting smaller logs with ease
  • Easy to use – even for someone who has never used a chainsaw before
  • Compact design makes it easier to store when travelling
  • Tool-free tensioning to tighten the chain when needed
  • RYOBI is so confident in their ONE+ tools, they back them with a 6 year replacement warranty*
    * 6 year warranty applies to cordless products registered at www.ryobi.com.au. Batteries and chargers have 3 year warranty only. Corded tools have a 4 year warranty. 

What we didn’t love

So far there is nothing obvious that we don’t like about the Ryobi 18V brushless chainsaw.

Ryobi One+ 18V Bluetooth Radio review

I like to have music playing in the background both at home and while camping so after our previous radio stopped working well before its time (it’s the husbands fault the jury is still out on who’s to blame), I have been searching for a replacement.

Where our camp was set up there was no radio signal (I already knew this from previous trips) so I hooked up my phone and used the Bluetooth to listen to music. It worked seamlessly!

camping with kids cooking breakfast at campsite with ryobi radio

What we love

  • Crisp sound (I didn’t have it really loud though as I like to be respectful to fellow campers)
  • Bluetooth and AM/FM radio
  • USB charger port for electronic devices (I plugged my phone in to charge while it was connected to the Bluetooth)
  • Run time of up to 20 hours with 5.0Ah battery
  • Compact size
  • Solid construction aka kid and camping proof
  • Built in clock on the LCD display
  • Small pocket on the back that is the perfect size for mobile phone

What we didn’t love

  • Not weather resistant (it did withstand winter dew in a State Forest so I’m assuming Ryobi mean not resistant against heavy rain)

Ryobi ONE+ 18V LED Spotlight review

Lighting is pretty important when camping with kids and I use torches for a number of different things.

  • A lot of the campgrounds I take the kids to don’t have toilet facilities so a torch is needed when finding a place out of the way.
  • Cooking dinner if we leave it too late
  • Spotlight games with the kids
  • To check on kids throughout the night

While I typically use a headlamp or small handheld torch, the Ryobi ONE+ 18V LED Spotlight is pretty great. It offers a lot more light and shines a much further distance. I really like the spotlight and my husband clearly does too because he keeps trying to take it to work with him.

RYOBI spotlight torch

What we love

  • 2 light settings (high and low)
  • The spotlight is super bright and shines forever into the distance (on high). For the spec. fans – 3W LED for long distance illumination with 2,500 lumens light output
  • You don’t have to hold the button in to keep torch turned on. #1 click: high, #2 click: low, #3 click: off.
  • Heavy duty / durable

What we didn’t love

Nothing stands out so far.

Ryobi One+ 18V Hybrid Portable Fan review

I cannot wait until summer to really put this Ryobi fan to the test. In the warmer months our swag and camper trailer get so hot (I believe it is because they are canvas) and from what I have seen the 18V Hybrid Portable Fan is going to be a game changer.

setting up RYOBI fan in swag

What we love

  • That in summer we will no longer be sweating throughout the night
  • 2 speed settings – low and high
  • Adjustable positioning
  • Hanging options
  • Can be run off power cord or Ryobi ONE+ battery
  • Light weight – 1.3kg

What we didn’t love

Nothing obvious so far. We will continue to use this in the warmer months and update if anything changes.

Ryobi tools info

The Ryobi ONE+ tools are exclusive to Bunnings Australia and New Zealand and with over 70 tools in the ONE+ range, there’s a tool to suit any DIY project or camping need.

Check out other exciting things you can do with Ryobi tools on social media.

Other items I take camping with kids that make a big difference

Camping with kids can be a lot of fun, especially when you are prepared. Here are a few other items that make camping trips with kids more enjoyable.

  • Marshmallow sticks (a stick from the bush or shop bought, they are both good)
  • Snacks. Lots and lots of snacks. *Including marshmallows
  • Wetwipes
  • Glow sticks. This gives the kids some fun and you can see them when they go and play.

kids sitting around the campfire

Every second weekend I take the kids exploring, discovering and camping. If you have been thinking about camping with kids, now is the time to pack up your tent, put the kids in the car and enjoy a weekend in the great outdoors!


AMS was gifted Ryobi tools for the purpose of this review. All opinions are our own.

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  1. 23/08/2018 / 2:39 pm

    How cool are those gadgets for camping! Especially knowing you just need to charge the battery and can have back up ones ready to go!

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