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.
Me & J's bed.
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?
Dad, dadda, daddy, pops. Father’s have many different special names and even a very special day coming up where we get to celebrate our appreciation of all the dads out there. The day is quickly approaching so now’s the time to get your very special handmade, DIY, green, fun and easy Father’s Day gift ready!
Not sure what to have the kids make for good ‘ole pops to honor him on his special day? Well, here are 10 ideas for you that can be completed in one afternoon!
Well, you only need some scissors, duct tape, iron and beer koozie to create a one-of-a-kind tool belt! Checkout this awesome video on Vimeo created by Man Made DIY. This tutorial is really simple and totally unique. You can make this project in less than an hour and for FREE (if you have all this stuff lying around, that is)!
- DIY Photo Album: This photo album is simple and fun!
- Nuts & Bolts Salty Snack Tin with Label: Make the snack, put it in a wax paper lined tin (an old cookie, popcorn or other snack tin) with a lid and put the label on it. Can’t find a tin? Try an old oatmeal canister or coffee can and maybe cover the sides with colored construction paper or card stock.
- World’s Best Dad Coupon Book: Just print, cut, staple/fasten/sew together this coupon book template. Easy and he’s sure to love it.
- Drift Wood or Scrap Wood Key Holder: Scrap of wood, a couple hooks & screws – how simple.
- Lego Charging Station and Key Holder: This one will take a bit with all the drilling and glueing but for a techie/geeky/lego-loving dad this one is fantastic.
- Dad Rocks Paperweight: Have your kid(s) pickout some of their favorite rocks on a nightly stroll tonight for this simple paperweight project.
- Bungee Cord Memo Board: Skydiver, mechanic, and avid camper dads will probably get a kick out of this one. Maybe not so much if you use all his bungee cords, though!
- Rustic Woodsy Frame: So simple and classic!
- Felt Picture Frame: The name says it all and you can definitely play this one up by adding maybe some fish on the front for a dad who loves to fish or maybe a little felt camp fire for a picture of your first camping trip. The possibilities to customize this easy frame are endless!