Are you looking forward to (or with minor trepidation toward) an upcoming camping trip with a baby, toddler, or young children?
Here is one of the Packing Lists included in Travels with Baby, to help you with extra items–on top of the most expected–to help make your trip as easy and enjoyable as possible. (This post contains affiliate links – thanks for supporting this site with your click-throughs!)
Packing List for Camping with Babies, Toddlers, and Young Children
Here are some helpful items to pack for camping with a baby or toddler, and also preschoolers.
1. Mosquito repellent, including a DEET-free variety for babies or those who prefer it.
2. Glow sticks, bracelets, or necklaces for a nightlight in the tent (and to attach to your free-range child in the evening)
3. Hands-free headlamp or wearable light such as the Beam N Read
4. Travel bed or bassinet to create a “tent within a tent” in colder regions (see recommended travel beds here)
5. Camp kitchen kit with bowls, spoons, and cups for your new addition(s)
6. Easy-prep meal in case rain rules out cooking in your campsite (e.g., extra sandwich fixings, bagels, cereal, pre-cooked pasta)
8. Thermos (with hot water) for keeping a “midnight feeding” or early morning bottle warm and ready in your tent
9. Water reservoir with tap with plenty of drinking water (see the one we bring here)
10. Warm hats for the whole family
11. Sun hats for the whole family (see Anatomy of a Great Travel Hat for Kids for help)
12. Two thermal suits for babies (backup in case one gets wet)
13. Swim suits for the whole family and swim diapers if needed (see ideas for infants and toddlers here)
14. Child-size swim vest or infant life jacket (where appropriate, see our favorite swim vest here)
15. Bucket and scoop for frogging or “crawdadding”
16. Butterfly net and bug house
17. Toy dump trucks, sand toys, garden tools
18. Pop-up sun tent for entertainment or shade by the lake
19. Portable training potty (if currently using at home)
20. Anti-itch cream in case of bug bites or rashes (add to Travel Kit, pg. 61)
21. Children’s antihistamine in case of bee sting or other allergic reaction (ask pediatrician for advice and current dosage for your child).
If you’d like more help planning your family camping trips, be sure to check out the section on Camping Trips in Chapter 2, which includes:
- advice on deciding where to go camping and where to stay,
- what to bring,
- what to avoid, and more–
- including tips for back-country camping with babies and toddlers!
Want more ideas and inspiration for camping in California? Check out pins to some of our family’s favorite California camping and road-tripping destinations on my Pinterest boards. And hang on there… these posts may also help!
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Shelly Rivoli, author of the award-winning Travels with Baby guidebooks
(Excerpt from Travels with Baby: The Ultimate Guide for Planning Travel with Your Baby, Toddler, and Preschooler, 2nd edition. An earlier version of this post was published May 19, 2014.)