Guide to Camping With a Baby
For my #30DaysWild Challenge I am going to share with you some tips on going camping in the wild with a baby. Ours is 11 months and so far he’s had 6 nights under the stars. We are no experts but it might give you some hints and tips!
Glamping – The campsite has the tent, yurt, cabin already made, often with beds in and stoves
Car Camping – Going camping with the car, stuffing it full to the brim with everything from your house, I don’t quite mean the kitchen sink, but it’s not far off. Often a massive tent with separate rooms and a porch, all of which you can stand up in.
Basic Camping – I can’t think of a better name for this. A tiny tent, minimal stuff and the ability to rock up anywhere and leave as quickly as you came!
It is the basic camping that we’ve been practicing and you can read our adventures here:
We’ve been camping for years as a couple so we own all the camping gear already. Everyone is different but here is a list of things we take.
Tent – we have a 3 Man Vango tent with a porch. It’s light weight and packs small so we can take it on the bikes.
Sleeping bags – for the Robot he is using a grow bag & a blanket
Sleeping mats – Dave & I have Thermarests that blow up and pack small. Ideally the Robot will have one too but at £60+ for a decent one we bought a simple roll mat for £5 instead.
Picnic blanket/groundsheet – not something we’d have used normally but has been a life saver for a crawling Robot and keeping him dry on dewy grass*.
This is probably the most difficult to list as everyone is different. It also depends on what you are doing, where and how long for.
If it’s an extended camp the thing to bare in mind is the camp site your going to is likely to have washing machines and dryers. You can always chuck a load in half way through, aka don’t over pack.
Night time, the Robot sleeps in a vest and normal body suit, I like pyjamas but Dave is content in his boxers. Pack accordingly!
Nappies and wipes for baby.
Waterproofs. *We bought the Robot an all in one Regatta suit and a pair of water proof shoes. It turned out to be our best purchase. He is eager to get out the tent in the morning. The grass is often wet with dew. With the waterproofs on he can crawl off and explore.
At the end of the day, you know yourselves and your baby. Pack clothes to suit.
A stove. We have a little petrol stove as it’s cheaper than gas
Cooking pots x 2, sometimes a frying pan.
A pan holder
Bottles for water
That’s it for cooking, we eat out the pans instead of plates.
Firstly, the Robot is breastfed, this ultimately is best for camping. Not sure what we would have done if bottle fed. Feel free to leave suggestions in comments.
Meal options with 2 pans is generally pasta and sauce for tea and porridge for breakfast. With a frying pan in the mix we’ve recently had fry ups and lamb curry with rice. Be inventive with one pot cooking!
Don’t forget tea bags and coffee. Milk we tend to buy 1 pint bottles daily as we can’t keep stuff cool. We’ve been known to leave a milk bottle in streams to keep them cool before. This also works with beer!
As with the clothes, you don’t need to pack food for a full trip. The likely hood of shops for more supplies is high. Although our recent trip in Scotland meant getting food delivered by boat because the shop wasn’t open!
Toys – we’ve found things like stacking cups, a shaker and a cloth book more than adequate at the moment. Plus a cardboard box gave him hours of entertainment on our last trip.
Washing up liquid, pan scrub and a tea towel. We always forget all three, we normally beg borrow and (steal) from fellow campers!
Don’t expect them to go to sleep at their normal sleep time. The late light nights and the new surroundings will confuse them. Keep them up a little later out in the fresh air, feed them later. Most of all relax and enjoy, try not think about routine!
Going camping is such a great experience for our little man, one of which I hope he’ll continue on into his adult life. There is nothing like listening to the early morning bird song and being outside in the fresh air all the time. Do you go camping with little ones? Have I missed anything? Where have you been camping? Where should we go next!?