Baby Camping Gear & Tips to Make Your Life Easier
For parents who enjoy camping and nature, sharing your love of the outdoors with your children can be a beautiful experience. You get to continue doing what you love, without the guilt of leaving your children behind. While, yes, taking small children into the middle of nowhere with no television or air conditioning might be some parent’s worst nightmare, with the right preparation, you can hit the road and make family memories you’ll cherish forever.
There are some great ideas out there to help you prepare for your big (or small) trip. You could do a test drive by camping out in your yard for a night. Or you can try camping somewhere close to your house on your first trip. That way, if you forget or run out of something (like diapers), you can easily go back to the house. These options allow for a little trial-and-error when it comes to figuring out the basics like clothing, food, and sleeping arrangements.
While you’re planning, picking out what baby camping gear you’ll take with you will be one of the most important steps. The right gear can make or break any camping trip, but even more so when you have a baby in tow. Bring too much, and you risk overloading yourself. Bring too little, and you can give “roughing it” a whole new meaning.
Here are 4 must-need baby camping items that will make your trip a breeze:
Deuter Kid Comfort III
The Deuter Kid Comfort III Child Carrier will make you and your baby happy. This carrier has a 5-point harness, with padded hip and shoulder straps, which allows for both comfort and stability. The back and child seat cushions are well ventilated for even more comfort. This pack makes it so much easier to hit the trails with your little one by allowing them to easily look around or take a nap – a comfy pillow comes attached and is both detachable and washable. There are also lots of pockets to store all the little things you’ll need to keep your baby happy at the campsite, including one on the front of the hip strap for easy access while wearing. And it’s compatible with a hydration pack system (sold separately).
The Deuter Kid Comfort III will also be handy for sightseeing or a day on the town. It keeps your hands free and allows for more mobility than other carriers like a stroller or front-facing carrier. The kick stand and side loading system make it easy to get your baby in and out, especially as they grow.
Portable Play Pen
The Summer Infant Pop N’ Play Ultimate Portable Playard is a safe way to let your baby play while you’re busy setting up camp or cooking dinner. The Pop N’ Play keeps your baby off the ground and contained so you’re able to focus on other tasks. It’s big enough to keep multiple kids and will continue to be useful as your baby grows. The Playard’s light weight and carrying case make it easy to tote from the car to the campsite. There’s an option to buy the play pen by itself or with a detachable canopy which is really useful in summer to provide some shade for your little ones.
Some people have a small safety concern about the metal bars. If this bothers you then the easiest and cheapest fix is to buy pipe insulation foam to cover the bars and keep your baby from hurting themselves. The foam will have to be removed while the play pen is stored, which makes it a little less convenient, but it’s worth it for the extra protection it adds.
This pen will also come in handy at home, on trips to the grandparents, or any other travel. It works great on the beach, too.
Kids Sleeping Bag
The Kelty Woobie 30 Degree Kids Sleeping Bag is a great way to keep your little ones warm when the temperature drops. Depending on the size of your child, you can tie the stuff sack over the extra room at the bottom to shorten it. The Kelty kids bag will keep your child warm, but you should always be aware of temperature forecasts, and make sure they have enough layers. It comes in two stylish colors (blue and pink) and fits up to 4 feet, 6 inches, so if you buy it when they’re young, it should last them a few years.
The Kelty kids bag only compresses to about the size of an adult Kelty bag, so it’s not as compact as you might think, but for the quality and smaller size, it’s one of the best bags you can find. This sleeping bag will also work well for slumber parties and other types of travel.
Portable Infant Booster Seat
The Summer Infant Pop N’ Sit Portable Booster will make dinner time easy. The seat is durable enough for the outdoors, is light weight, and stores easily. You can use this on the ground or on a chair. There is also a stand that can convert it into a portable high chair (sold separately).
The Pop N’ Sit comes with a removable tray, great for kids who would rather feed themselves. You can even take it to restaurants as an alternative to the plastic boosters they provide, or you can use it when you’re eating at a friend’s house. The portable booster will also come in handy as a mini lawn chair when you’re sitting around the campfire or enjoying a day at the beach.
Finally, Just Enjoy Camping With Your Kids
Taking kids camping doesn’t have to be a stressful experience. Just be sure to do your homework first. A little bit of planning can go a long way and will make the trip fun and enjoyable for everyone involved. You don’t need to bring all of your baby supplies. A few key items will do the trick, and save you the headache of carrying too much stuff.
Once you’ve picked out your location, bought all your new baby camping gear, and packed your bags, you can sit back and enjoy your time outdoors, making memories with your family that will last a lifetime.