Indeed, the tiniest feet make the biggest footprints in our heart and our regular life as well. In the midst of your busy routine, you may have forgotten that you are passionate about camping since your single days. Then, why you are stopping yourself from enjoying that freedom now? Is it just because you have the responsibility of a little angle? Nothing to worry about as camping with a baby is not stressful anymore.
In fact, you can enjoy a family outdoor along with your little champ. Most parents assume that they are not allowed in any outdoor adventure until the kids are older. This is not true at all. Actually, you are most welcome in outdoor camping. It can be fun if you leave home with proper preparation.
Sounds like challenging, right? Fair enough! As when it is about the preparation for the baby, a whole lot of things come in mind. Like, what to take and what not to? This cold fear is justified. To help you over here, today we are signing in with camping with a baby checklist. Scroll down to know more about them.
Ultimate camping checklist for parents with babies
Although camping with a baby seems like a metaphoric mountain, but proper planning makes it enjoyable. You can check Camp Grasp blog post for more camping ideas, tips, and tricks. However, to make it more accessible for you, here we present our camping with a baby checklist in different categories. You can check each of them before heading for the next camping trip.
Let’s get started:
The first thing that you need to ensure that you are taking enough clothes for your baby. Layer the clothes in a way that you can easily add or remove depending on temperature. Below some of our expert’s recommendation for 3 or 4 days camping.
- Four onesies with short sleeves
- Three onesies with long sleeves
- 3-4 long sleeve shirts
- 3-4 stretchy pants
- 2-3 hoodie
- Three sleeper
- 2-3 base layer
- Hat and mitten
- Baby snowsuit (If it is cold outside)
- Two adorable outfits
- Fleece outfit (To keep them warm while sleeping)
- Jacket (During cold weather)
- Waterproof suit
- Waterproof Shoe
- Swimsuit( Optional)
- One muddy buddy (For protection in rainy days)
- Carrier cover
These are a few of our suggestion that is essential for a basic trip. You can add or deduct according to weather condition or surroundings. Also, your trip length may differ, so as the list.
Diaper and Cleaning Accessories
You can compromise with your packing but never take baby’s diaper too lightly. It is one of the basic needs of babies and more than essential during camping.
Make sure to pack the following accessories:
- Diapers ( Take about 7-13 pieces per day)
- Diaper bags
- Washcloths and Towels
- Unscented wipes
- Diaper changing mat
- Zinc Cream ( if your baby is disposed to diaper rash)
- Lots of garbage bags
- Diaper changing mat
Since your little one will stay active in the entire camping trip, so make sure that they can sleep well. Check whether you have packed the following sleeping accessories or not.
- Comfortable blanket (You can share with your baby)
- Sleeping mat ( Take double-sided sleeping mat so that you can share with your baby)
- Leak catcher (In case of diaper leaks)
- Sleep Sack
- Small pillow (you can customize a pillow using clothes or diaper)
If you are breastfeeding your baby, then you have nothing to worry about. You can enjoy the trip as long as you can. Conversely, if your baby has started taking solids, then you should take extra food for them. Try to avoid those backpacking meals that require to add just water.
As they are full of preservative, instead you can take these:
- Toast, steel oats, oatmeal or baby cereal ( for breakfast)
- Bananas, blueberries, cookies, pasta, dried fruits ( as snacks)
- Avocado, strawberries, rice ( for lunch)
- Soups, lentils, sweet potato or carrot boiled( for dinner)
- Sippy cups
- No spill snack container
- Two containers with lids
- Lunch kit
You need to be cautious about any sudden accident that can happen during the trip. See the checklist for first-aid:
- Saline solution ( when they touch mud’s or dirt and touches their eyes then wash with saline solution)
- Cotton balls
- Fever medicine
- Antihistamine (for those who are allergic to bees)
The above first-aid list is made from the expert’s recommendation. Still, your baby may need a different remedy, so better consult a doctor before going on the trip.
Though there is a lot to discover in the outdoor camping. Your baby may play with all the sticks, stones, leaf, and other small stuff. Still, you should take some of their favorite toys and bedtime books.
Additional Activity Gears
Since you are there for exploring nature, so keep your baby along with you. Encourage them to be a part of all the outdoor activities. Hence you may need few activity and protection gears.
We have suggested a few of them below:
- Hiking baby carrier
- Camp chair or stroller
- Mosquito repellent
- Sunscreen (for baby)
- Teeth ring (if they have teeth and playing on the ground)
- A camping lantern with extra batteries
Few Tips for Parents
Since you are moving with your adorable child, then you should all the details about camping. Like, safety tips, set up tips, choosing a proper camping tent, and many more.
Arrange a trial camping session at home before you go for the final one. Besides, during the trip, set the tent facing the sun as it will keep your baby warm in the cold morning.
Undeniably, camping with a baby requires a lot of preparation along with an extensive checklist. Still, things can be sorted if you do it gradually and wisely. Remember, babies love to imitate, so try to make your next camping trip educational and enjoyable. Hope, our camping with a baby checklist makes your job easier. So, start packing your bag for the next exciting camping trip with your little champ!