10 Tips for Camping with Babies & Toddlers

So you’ve decided to take the plunge into the wonderful world of family camping! Maybe this is your very first time sleeping outdoors, or maybe it’s your first time going camping since you became a parent; whatever the case, this adventure definitely requires a little more forethought than it would for an adults only trip. Read below for our best tips on making the most of your family camping trip with babies and toddlers.

  1. Look for fun campsites with playgrounds or other child friendly activities nearby. This might mean skipping certain enticing camp spots this time around, but it will be fun and entertaining for the kids.
  2. Keep it short. That first camping trip should be treated as a test run for longer trips; keep it to a few short days, and find a location close to home. If you do end up having to call it off, you’ll be glad to face a short ride once you’re packed up.
  3. Bring a playpen and baby carrier. It might seem like a pain to pack up, but you’ll be glad you’ve got a safe place for your toddler while you’re building a fire or trying to make dinner. A playpen can double as a familiar bed in the tent and the baby carrier is a great idea for even toddlers that may get exhausted on family hikes.
  4. Plan your meals in advance. Meals that can be heated up and served fast will quell hunger quickly. Bring lots of easy to carry snacks to keep fueled throughout the day.
  5. Don’t forget insect protection. You might be leery about spraying your younger family members, but an alternative like KidzStuff®’s Insect Shield® Romper can be a saving grace; it has built-in protection (even after repeated washing) so there’s no chemical spray.
  6. Bring a bedtime friend. This one could be the difference between a good night’s rest and some pretty major morning eye bags. Whether it’s a blanket or a stuffed animal, don’t forget that familiar nighttime buddy.
  7. Safety first! Unless you’re packing your little one in bubble wrap, a few scrapes and bruises are to be expected. KidzStuff’s Stay Well™ First Aid Kit is conveniently sized and contains all of the essentials to cover the inevitable ouchies. It’s small enough to fit in your purse and take on the go.
  8. Bring extra flashlights or headlamps. Either of these can make your toddler feel safer in the dark, help to light the way during evening bathroom breaks, and at any rate, no camping trip is complete without shadow puppets!
  9. Be one with dirt. Pack extra clothes (and prepare for different types of weather), but embrace the fact that your kids are about to get messy with all that nature has to offer.
  10. That being said, wipes are a wonderful addition whether there’s been a camping diaper explosion, for a quick clean up before bed, or for washing hands before meals.

With these steps, you and your family will have a wonderful time spending time outdoors and seeing the bright night stars. Do you have any tips or camping hacks when you go camping with your little ones? Let us know by leaving a comment below!

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