1.Keep it Simple- The less non-essential stuff you have, the easier your life will be. Less to pack (and un-pack). And let's face it, the kids want to see the great outdoors. They don't really need you to lug toys from home which will likely be ignored once they see that beach, or river, or amazing campground you arrive at. They will play with sticks, and rocks, and bugs. And isn't that the point?