Camping with a toddler can be a fun and rewarding experience if you plan ahead, pack the right items and prepare for the unexpected. From the right gear to snacks and activities, here are ten things you need to bring on a camping trip with toddlers.
1. Sturdy Tent
When camping with toddlers it’s important to have a tent that can handle the wear and tear of little ones. Look for a tent that is easy to set up and take down, has a waterproof floor and is large enough to fit the entire family. For most families, a pop up cabin tent will usually fit the bill.
2. Sleeping Bags
Make sure you have a good quality sleeping bag for each family member including toddlers. Look for sleeping bags that are lightweight, durable and insulated. Choose a bag based on the temperature that you will be camping in.
3. First Aid Kit
Accidents and injuries can happen so it is important to be prepared with a well stocked first aid kit. Include items such as bandages, gauze, antibiotic ointment and pain relievers. Don’t forget children specific medicines like kid’s Motrin and allergy medicine.
4. Insect Repellent
Mosquitos and other insects can be a nuisance so make sure you have a good insect repellent on hand. Look for natural, non toxic repellents that are safe for toddlers. Avoid highly concentrated DEET repellents.
5. Portable Potty
Toddlers can have unpredictable bathroom needs so it’s important to have a portable potty on hand. Look for a potty that is lightweight and easy to clean. A simple potty with a lid and cat litter is a good choice.
6. Sun Protection
Don’t forget to pack sunscreen, hats and other sun protection essentials for your little ones. Toddler skin burns very easily, so reapply often.
7. Rain Gear
Weather can be unpredictable so be sure to pack rain gear such as raincoats, boots and umbrellas. Extra dry socks and underwear is also handy.
8. Snacks and Drinks
Always pack plenty of healthy snacks and drinks for your toddlers. Include items such as fruit, crackers and juice boxes. Stick to foods that they are used to at home to avoid fussiness.
Bring along some favorite toys and books to keep toddlers occupied during your camping trip. There is nothing worse than a bored child.
Toddlers may need to make trips to the bathroom in the middle of the night so make sure you have flashlights to make sure they can find their way safely. Flashlights also make a fun toy so bring some extra batteries.
While there might be a few additional things that you need, with these ten items, you’ll be ready for a fun and safe camping trip with your toddlers.
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