If you are a new mom and planning a camping trip with your infant or toddler (or even big kid!) for the first time this summer, you may want to read up on helpful tips and tricks for braving it in the outdoors with your little one. I am in the process of doing this now, so I thought I would share a few things with you all. My husband and I took many river trips in the past, paddling in a canoe for a few days and camping along the way. We love the water and paddling due to the silent way that you can enjoy the river and nature, and we look forward to bringing our toddler son along with us soon. One of the books I have read on the subject is Babes in the Woods, a book on hiking, camping, and boating with children. This book has not only eased my fears about camping with babies and toddlers, but has shown me that it can be enjoyable as well. My son was never a good sleeper, and waiting until he consistently slept through the night was my only requirement to taking him out in a tent for the first time. The Down and Dirty Guide to Camping with Kids also looks like a fun read if you’re looking for suggestions and motivation as well. One of the things I am doing to “prepare” my son for camping for the first time, is to give him books on the subject, like Baby Bear Goes Camping. Check out all of these great children’s camping books found at REI (my favorite camping store).
One of the must-have items for kids when camping is a flashlight, lantern, or headlamp. You can never have too many headlamps, we keep one affixed to the top of our tent for reading even. If your child LOVES Legos, this Lego Minifigure LED Headlamp would be perfect for them to proudly wear around the campground at night. We featured this Terra Kids Camping Lamp last year on Child Mode and it’s still a great pick!
Sun and insect safety is a big concern of mine, especially while being on the water. The yellow swim hat and polka-dot kerchief from Polarn O. Pyret would be perfect for spotting your little one while they wander around the picnic table. MD Moms Sunscreen Towelettes are a favorite (they are SO easy to apply that I call them FUNscreen), along with Badger All Natural Baby Sunscreen , and California Baby Natural Bug Blend. For more sunscreen reviews, you can check out our recent post on All-Natural & Chemical-Free Sunscreens or the excellent list put out by the Environmental Working Group.
If you’re a hiker or backpacker, you’ll love the comfort of the Kelty Junction 2.0 and Pathfinder 3.0 carriers. We have tried the Pathfinder 3.0 on at the store and both my husband and I found it extremely comfortable. I have friends who use them hiking in Colorado and they get rave reviews.
Now you have it! We’ve given you a list of 7 Great Summer Camps for Boys and Girls, and the Best Family Campgrounds. So what are you waiting for?! Will you be enjoying the outdoors overnight with your children this summer? Let us know, we’d love to hear your plans and favorite camping tips and tricks!