Some say that it’s irresponsible to go camping with toddlers, since they are too small to be able to handle the “wilderness”. But as long as your child is healthy, there is no valid reason not to take your toddler on a camping trip. In fact, those who did it say that camping with toddlers is easy and often makes kids passionate campers. But to make camping with toddlers fun, you need to plan ahead and take some important things along.
The top 10 things on your packing list for camping with toddlers:
Bed – A portable crib, with a mosquito net if insects are a problem, a pillow and bedding or a sleeping bag for kids. And don’t forget the cuddly toy or blanket your child needs to fall asleep.
Toddler size camping chair – A miniature of your own camping chair will make your little one feel very grown up. Perfect for camping with toddlers is a model with a cup holder so that your child’s cup or bottle doesn’t stand on the ground.
Toys – Entertainment is crucial when camping with toddlers. Take some of your child’s favorite toys and books, and also some new ones. Make sure to take both indoor and outdoor toys.
Tantrum killers – This is one of the most important tips for camping with toddlers, and it will make life much easier for you and your fellow campers. If there is anything that helps to soothe your crying toddler or to end a tantrum, take it!
Play tent – Bring an extra tent that can be used as a play tent. This keeps your family tent a bit cleaner and is lots of fun. You don’t need to buy a camping tent for this; a kids’ play tent is perfectly fine and costs much less.
Basic medicines – One of the nastiest surprises when camping with toddlers is your child falling ill in the middle of the night. Make sure to take medication against fever, pain, colds and flues, insect bites, and whatever your toddler often attracts. Don’t forget the medicine spoon, kids’ plasters, and tweezers for removing splinters.
Infant carrier and/ or stroller – Your toddler might not be able to do the hiking tour you plan on his own feet, but camping with toddlers doesn’t mean you have to stay at the campground all the time. You can still be mobile. If insects are a problem, get a mosquito net for the stroller.
Camping toilet or potty – When toddlers need to go to the toilet, they often need to get there right now, and the campground facilities might be too far away. Especially for the night, a camping toilet can make things easier for everyone.
Plenty of clothes – Remember that toddlers get dirty more often than we do, so pack in more clothes than you think you will need.
One thing you might forget, bring a match anywhere because you might need it in an emergency. Many people have ignored this trifle on their vacation trips. bring a USB lighter because it is very safe and practical to carry anywhere.
Waterless hand cleanser – A great invention for camping with toddlers. This cleans hands without soap and water, and gets them just as clean as washing them “properly”. You can quickly clean your toddler’s hands whenever and wherever he’s been digging in dirt, for example when you are on a tour and there’s no tap nearby.
When you are prepared in this way, camping with toddlers can be a great experience. In fact, the younger the children are, the easier it is, since they are not yet “spoilt” by luxury and have no reservations against the simply life at the campground.