This isn’t going to be one of those fancy-shmancy checklists where I dish out all the camping basics like bring lots of clothes (no duh!), bring sunscreen, bring bug spray, yadda yadda. I think we’re all competent enough to remember the basics of camping with a toddler or infant in tow, right? I mean, it’s just like any other day just this time you’re in a tent (that leaks like an ‘effing sieve).
This is THE MOST Important Things to Bring Camping with a Toddler or you’ll kick yourself in the ass kinda list.
Other kids. Preferably other kids your toddler is ubber comfortable with. Need to run to the outhouse or port-a-potty while the hubs is busy? Free and instant toddler entertainment! Want to lounge around the campsite with a book for a hot minute? The kids are probably busy playing with bubbles, so, go for it! We brought our two nieces this weekend when we went camping and J was just beaming about it all weekend. She had so many people to “tiggle tiggle tiggle“, run around and have fun with, plus, I got a much needed break from time to time while still being connected.
A huge umbrella and extra blankets. Because when your tent starts raining on the inside as much as it’s raining on the outside you need to keep your toddler warm and dry while your husband sets up the reserve tent. We didn’t have a reserve, sadly, so I camped out at the end of our bed holding my daughter as she nursed back to sleep at 3am all while holding our giant umbrella over us to keep us dry. I was able to keep her asleep until right around 5am, luckily.
Tissues. Because you never know when and if you’re going to tear up because your kid has grown up so quick that you say “Ok, but be really REALLY cautious, please!” as your husband straps your 18 month old into “The World’s Fastest Go-Karts”. J giggled and said “weeeee” the whole time while using her own little steering wheel. I cried, I’m not gonna lie.
So, these are the most important things I need to remember to bring camping with my toddler – don’t leave without them on your next camping trip!
Have you been camping with your little? What did you forget to bring?