Checklist For What To Bring Camping With Baby

It’s that time of year again. The leaves are changing, the days are getting shorter and it is just about time to start packing up our camping gear and heading out for a weekend in nature. This can be an exciting change from the typical summer routine, but also comes with new challenges when bringing along a baby! What should you bring? How will your family fare? What could go wrong? We have compiled this list of essential items to make sure everyone has a great trip! Our goal is to help parents get their families out into nature at any stage of life – we all need more “nature” in our lives!
We hope you find this blog post helpful as you plan your next trip with your baby. Happy Camping!

Bring a small backpack to carry the baby’s necessities.

Baby needs to be comfortable in order for you and your family to have a fun camping trip. Keep blankets, clothes, diapers, burp cloths just in case of spit-up or spills. Make sure items are easily accessible. Items such as water bottle filled with warm water; medicine droppers; change of clothes; baby wipes; hand sanitizer/wet wipes (to clean the face); diaper rash ointment/cream; spray sunscreen (to avoid getting bitten by mosquitoes); plastic bags (for dirty clothing).

Pack diapers, wipes, and cream for diaper rash prevention.

If the baby sleeps in a carrycot outside of the tent, make sure you have mosquito netting. It is also important to use repellent when baby is out of the tent.

Bring a change of clothes for everyone and always keep a burp cloth nearby. You never know when it will be needed. Make sure everyone has their own flashlight at night time, especially if you’re camping as a family group (including grandparents).

Bring an extra change of clothes if you think your child will need them.

if you know your baby wets a lot during the day, you can bring an extra set of clothing for them to wear in the afternoon or the evening before they go to bed.

Bringing a stroller that fits through narrow paths will be very helpful. If it is humid and rainy, a rain cover for the stroller would also be good as well as a good umbrella (to protect against rain at least partly). It’s best to keep all valuables at home and not risk leaving your wallet/purse intent or car with baby alone inside, especially when camping among strangers, so make sure you have enough cash on hand for your entire family.

Sun protection is vital while camping for both babies and parents.

Wear hats and apply sunblock, because you don’t want to get a bad burn.

Bring sunscreen for the baby’s delicate skin. Apply it frequently even if it’s overcast out since mosquitoes can still bite your unprotected child without warning. Mosquitoes can cause serious health issues so be sure to only sacrifice what you really need when camping with a baby. Use insect repellants on the kids (and adults) whenever they are outside at camp or out in the wilderness hiking trails/mountainside etc., otherwise they will likely get mosquito bites easily and this can lead to malaria, which mommy doesn’t want because it makes her feel very sick at times and daddy is actually terrified of getting infected so he’ll do anything in order to avoid catching any bugs.

Bring snacks – bring healthy snacks like fruit or nuts as well as some fun treats that are easy to eat on the go.

Pack a bag of cereal you can eat for breakfast. Bring baby food if your baby is on solids, don’t forget spoons and disposable bowls/plates too! Make sure everyone has their own flashlight at night time. Have fun in the dark by setting up bonfires and doing cool camp activities with the kids that they will love (like making s’mores; tossing marshmallows into the fire, etc.). If it rains be prepared to pull out some family games or bring cards or books to read by torchlight because mommy loves reading before bed but hates holding a book with one hand while holding the flashlight with her other.

When spiders, bees, and ants are camping with you, they can be a big problem. Keep in control by spraying insect repellents on the campsite to prevent them from getting inside the carrier/tent or even at all near your sleeping baby. Be sure to keep mosquitoes away from the baby. If you see one around him then spray mosquito repellant on it and kill it before it does any damage to anyone in your party (including yourself since mosquitoes can also carry deadly diseases).

Use a larger tent

Make sure your tent is large enough for you to fit comfortably. The family tent should allow space for baby cot/crib and have a larger living area. Ensure there is wide access, or better still make the necessary alterations.

Do not forget essentials when packing

Include all of those items that will be needed over the duration of the trip, ensure they are easy to locate and always in reach (i.e.: matches, thermometers, torch etc.). Make special mention of out-of-hours requirements such as nappies or medicine – remember these may not be readily available from local shops!

Bring a friend or family member to help out

It may sound obvious but if you have an older child or a friend who can help, then this is ideal. They will certainly relieve some of the pressure and assist with baby whilst also providing some adult relief.

Be flexible with your plans…

You will no doubt have made all sorts of arrangements before you decided to go camping but if things are not working out as expected try not to get too stressed. It’s great for baby (and for you) when a holiday takes on a laidback feeling – it shouldn’t always be about what we want! You may need to alter your itinerary in order to accommodate changing circumstances, so don’t worry – it’s quite normal!

Be flexible with sleep schedules

It goes without saying that sleep routines will be disrupted whilst you are away. If possible and practical, try to arrange your trips for the school holidays so that you can take advantage of a less hectic schedule!

Take advantage of the countryside

One of the greatest advantages of camping with baby is spending time in an environment which provides ample opportunity for exploring and adventure. Take toys or games and plan to spend some quality time together participating in outdoor activities such as watching birds, butterflies and plants growing etc. Try also not to limit yourself too much by imagining what ‘should’ be happening at home; have fun!

What To Bring Camping With Baby – FAQs

1. What should a baby wear camping?

Baby clothing is pretty similar to other types of outdoor clothing. You will want to make sure that your baby has a few different types of outfits including long sleeve, short sleeve and sleeveless t-shirts, pants or shorts, hats and shoes/booties. There are basically three categories that we can divide baby’s clothing into; sun protective clothing (long sleeves /pants), warm weather (short sleeves & lightweight pants) and cold weather (snowsuit protection).

For sun, I recommend taking a minimum of one outfit per day. If it gets hot out or if you have to travel somewhere I would recommend bringing an additional outfit. I think it’s a good idea to take either all long-sleeved or all short-sleeved clothing for baby. This means that you won’t have to overthink what kind of top and bottom to put on your child each morning, just grab and go! Since you will be outdoors, sun exposure is a very big concern especially if it is hot out. If your baby has blonde hair, blue eyes or light skin then they are at higher risk for getting sunburned. So be sure to bring their shades when camping with babies!

2. What do babies sleep in when camping?

This is one of the most important things that you need to be prepared for when you are camping with a baby. The number of tents that you need to take depends on how many people are going camping. A single, small tent might be enough for one person and a baby. The sleeping bags for babies should be warm but not too heavy so as to prevent the baby from getting overheat if it is set up outside the tent; better still, get an airbed mattress which can also be used inside or outside the tent depending on what kind of weather you experience during your trip. Remember to include blankets for added comfort especially during cold nights.

3. What age should you take a baby camping?

While a baby will be most comfortable at the age of 2 and above, it is not really an exact age that you can pinpoint. It depends on how fast his or her motor skills have developed as well as their stamina. Take note of the different weather conditions in your camping site to know if you should do this trip with your little one.

Finding out what babies eat camping may depend on what kind of food you are prepared to bring along with you. For a younger baby, a bottle may be more practical since they still need feeding every few hours due to their small stomach capacity. On the other hand, for older babies who are already drinking milk from a cup, it would be better if they can join everyone else during meal time.

4. Can I take my 2 month old baby camping?

If you have a 2 month old baby, he or she might be too young to join everyone for meals and the rest of your activity. Remember that they can only take solid food at this stage which means that they still need to eat proper meals every 3 hours of so. This also means that you would need a whole lot of extra stuff with you like bottles, formula milk, etc. If your site provides hot water for cooking allow your baby to drink warm water instead.

It is important to remember that camping may not be as comfortable as being in your own home but it is one way to introduce babies to the wilderness and teach them important lessons about nature even at an early age.  You will also learn about what babies are capable and how to best care for them under such circumstances. It is at the same time that you will get to know other parents as you all go camping together!


Camping with a baby can be challenging. The following are some items that will make your camping experience much easier and more enjoyable for you, your family, and the little one in tow! This post highlights 10 must-have pieces of gear to bring on any camping trip with a child under 2 years old. If this list has been helpful or if you have other suggestions about what should go into our next blog post – please let us know! We would love to hear from you so we can provide the best advice possible for those who want it most. Until then, happy camping!

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