Whether your destination is a warm or cold climate, there can be significant variations in temperature between night and day. For this reason, it is best to include clothing the child can wear in layers. In the sun, short sleeves can be comfortable, but at night, in a tent or camper, children may need winter sleepers or long underwear.
An unexpected rainstorm or snow flurry can either ruin or make a trip, depending on how well prepared you are for them. With waterproof boots and a raincoat, wet weather can become a really good time. Be sure to bring along a warm jacket and snow boots for cold temperatures.
When packing your own supplies for the trip, don't forget the kid-friendly versions. Children will want to feel like they are full-fledged campers just like you. Bring along kid-sized sleeping bags and a flashlight for each child, to avoid fights. Bring snacks that kids can prepare for themselves without having to use a camping stove or fire.
Even when roughing it, growing teeth and skin need to be gently cared for. Whether you bathe in a stream or have access to showers, little eyes need tear-free soap, training toothpaste and small-headed toothbrushes. Supply stores near your destination may not carry specialty items for kids. Be sure to pack your child's own toiletries so that she doesn't have to go without during your trip.
Trailblazing Baby Carrier
If you will be engaging in nature hikes during your vacation and you have a very small child with you, invest in a backpack-type carrier to secure the child to your back. Strollers don't do well out in nature, and little children may not be able to keep up with the grownups. The best place for a small child is safely on your back.
The great outdoors and most hotels don't come with toys. Although you may have a fun-filled trip planned, there will probably be times before bed and while you are getting ready that the kids have nothing to do. To occupy their minds, bring along some coloring books and crayons or a puzzle or two. Keep them stored in waterproof plastic bags to protect them from the weather.