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Camping is a great way to enjoy the outdoors and get away from the chaos of life. Going camping with a baby doesn’t have to mean you’re bringing that chaos with you. For the optimistic camper with a bouncing bundle of joy, here’s some gear you should be sure to bring on your journey into the wilderness.

If you are going camping with older kids, check out the items you will need for your outdoorsy kid!

10 Items You Need When Camping With a Baby

Going camping with a baby doesn’t have to be chaos. For the camper with a bouncing bundle of joy, here’s some gear you should be sure to bring with you.

Pack and Play

The pack and play does double duty- functioning as a bed for safe sleeping inside the tent, and also as a space for clean, safe playtime during the day! Bring a fitted sheet to put over the top to keep bugs out.

Baby Carrier

A carrier is great for hiking or even just wearing around the campsite. It’s an essential so that you can have your hands free and keep baby out of harm’s reach.

Layers

Temperatures can vary from day to night in the great outdoors, so bring plenty of clothes to layer on baby. Wool is a great option because it stays cool when you are hot and stays warm when wet or cold.

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Water Source

Your first time camping with a baby may not be the best time to go totally au natural. Be sure to book a campsite with running water so that you have easy access for washing dishes, cleaning up messes, cooking, mixing formula, etc.

Door Mat

It’s almost impossible to avoid dirt while camping, but when you’ve got a baby with you, it’s understandable to at least want to try. Place a doormat at the entrance to your tent- you can remove shoes here and keep your tent sparkling for baby.

Extra Wipes

Baby wipes aren’t just for diaper changes! These will come in handy to clean up small messes or wipe down a sticky infant.

Screened-In Tent

This is a must have for young families while camping. It protects from bugs, rain, and bright sun. Stick it over the campsite’s picnic table and you’ve got the perfect hang out spot!

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Outdoor Rug

A ground made of dirt and rocks can be difficult for a baby that isn’t walking yet. Lay down an outdoor rug with a few favorite toys and they have the perfect space to roll around. Some parents even enjoy bringing their exer-saucer as an additional place for baby to play.

Inflatable Pool

Many campgrounds have showers but do not have bathtubs. Fill an inflatable pool with water at the beginning of the day and let it sit in the sun, and by evening you’ve got a warm bath for baby! It’s also a great way to cool down when camping in warmer weather, and when empty, can double as a contained play space.

Highchair

A highchair is necessary for the baby who eats solid foods so that both baby and parent can enjoy their meals. Bring one that is easy to break down and set up, and can be easily wiped down so as not to attract critters.

Camping with a baby may require a little more effort and supplies, but it is so rewarding. Let go of expectations and enjoy the hike- bugs, dirt, and all!

Going camping with a baby doesn’t have to be chaos. For the camper with a bouncing bundle of joy, here’s some gear you should be sure to bring with you.

Jenna Lombardi
Jenna Lombardi
Jenna Lombardi currently lives in Atlanta, Georgia with her husband, Andrew, and their two children, Aaron and Clare. She loves to travel (even with kids!), find a good bargain, and enjoys an iced chai latte with soy milk every now and then. When she’s not wrangling the kids at the playground or the zoo, she can be found practicing hand lettering, reading about pregnancy and natural childbirth, or testing out a new recipe in the kitchen.