Tips for Camping With a Baby

Tips for Camping With a Baby
You've decided to take a family camping trip. The only difference this time is you'll be bringing along a baby. The same preparations you make for yourself, you'll have to make for the baby. Of course, you'll have to take into consideration that this is a baby, not an adult. With all the new baby gear that's available on the market today, you should still be able to camp and have fun, baby included. Below are some tips in getting ready for the camping trip with baby in tow.


Difficulty: Moderately Easy

Tips for Camping with a Baby

Things You’ll Need:
  • Baby food
  • Baby medications
  • Baby toys
  • Baby supplies
  • Baby clothes
Step 1
Assess where you are going to be camping and the conditions you might encounter. You definitely need to consider the weather conditions that are predicted where you'll be making your camp. As with any camping trip, it's better to be overly prepared, than under. It can get cold at night, and if you are cold, the baby will more than likely be even colder. Pack for the weather and be prepared for any situation such as rain, heat, or cold. Baby clothes don't take up much space, so pack extra just in case the unexpected happens.
Step 2
Pack any medications that may be needed while you are away. As with an adult, you never know when someone might get sick and the same goes for the baby. Even if the baby is feeling fine at the moment, things could change at any time. Any medications that the baby can take for an ailment should be packed. Nothing's worse than being in the middle of the wilderness and the baby starts catching a cold and you've got nothing on hand to treat it with. Once again, it's better to be overprepared, than under.
Step 3
Bring toys and anything else that your baby amuses itself with at home. Depending on how old the baby is, you'll want to have things they can play with on hand. This doesn't mean you have to pack up the house, though you might feel like you are, but bring enough toys that they will be able to play on their own. Sometimes a simple stuffed animal, or other amusing toy, can quiet a restless baby in no time. This will also give you a much needed break to enjoy the outdoors for a few moments.
Step 4
Pack food items for the baby. Make sure to pack extra items the baby can eat. When staying in the outdoors, anything can happen that can lengthen the trip for a day or so. It's better to have more than enough food for the baby than run out. Since canned formula and other types of baby food that's manufactured is made to last for quite a while, it won't go bad. It takes up little space, so make sure to pack several days' worth of food that you're not planning on needing.
Step 5
Bring your baby supplies. You'll never know when you'll need that stroller or playpen, so bring it with you. If you are an avid hiker, manufacturers make baby packs in which you can transport the baby on your chest or back. These are great because the baby will be safely attached to your body, you can still use your arms and you'll be able to enjoy the outdoors. Anything that seems like it will make your trip more enjoyable for yourself and the baby, bring it with you.

Tips & Warnings

Bring more of everything that you'll think you'll need.
Never leave the baby unattended at the campsite.

Article Written By Joyce Starr

Joyce Starr is a professional writer from Florida and owns a landscaping company and garden center. She has published articles about camping in Florida, lawn care and gardening and writes for a local gardening newsletter. She shares her love and knowledge of the outdoors and nature through her writing.

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