Tips and Tricks of Camping with a Toddler
#1. PLAN! When we were planning our trip we decided on two things. Firstly, we would stay within a 45 min drive of home in case of forgotten items or if we needed to bail. Secondly, we would only go for 2 nights as to not overstress ourselves. These were awesome decisions since the first night PJ did not want to sleep & I had to bring him home at 10:30pm.
#2. Bring a divided tent! We have a large tent with a divider in the middle. The kids were able to sleep on one side(PJ was in a Pack & Play, Dawn was in a sleeping bag) and we had an air mattress on the other side.
#3. Use a seal-able container for food! It made it very easy to keep the bugs away & to put it in a tent at night to avoid attracting animals.
#4. Have a travel high chair! We used a ciao baby portable high chair and it was wonderful for meals & to keep PJ contained away from the fire.
#5. Pack favorite toys from home! We even brought a little tent as the “play tent” for the kids to keep their toys and hang out in without messing up our sleeping tent.
#6. Bring a good stroller! I was so happy we had our Jeep Liberty stroller because we ended up taking it off on some trails exploring a few times.
#7. Kids camping chairs! The kids loved having their own camping chairs around the fire like mom & dad.
#8. Prepare dinners a home & heat on the fire! The first night we had mac&cheese. The second night we had hot dogs wrapped in croissants. It was wonderful to still have a great filling meal cooked over the fire.
#9. Bring the comforts of home! After PJ didnt make it through the first night we realized we forgot his biggest comforts from home & brought his nightlight and white noise machine for the second night. It made all the difference!
#10 Take lots of pictures! You will want to remember all the messy, dirty, fun!