Parenting is one of the toughest jobs around. If you are a new parent, you know exactly what I’m talking about. The sleepless nights, countless feedings, stressing over every little unusual sound and face that your new baby makes, and the countless chores that add up because you are too tired to do them. The last thing you probably want to think about is planning a camping trip with a baby. But, it might actually be a good thing for all of you. Sometimes just removing yourself from the everyday routine of things is enough to relax you and your baby, especially when you are surrounded by the calming sights and sounds of nature. The following is a list of a few camping essentials that will make camping with a baby easier on you and your family.
- Pack plenty of wipes – They can be used for more than just wiping your baby’s behind, such as wiping your own if there are no restrooms nearby or cleaning your hands after carrying firewood to your campsite.
- Sunscreen – essential for your baby’s protection, especially if you are partaking in outdoor activities for long periods of time.
- Insect repellant – Look for a bug repellant with natural ingredients that aren’t so harsh on your baby’s skin. Burt’s Bees has an insect repellant made with natural elements such as lemongrass, citronella and rosemary oil that is safe for baby’s skin and works for many hours.
- Baby Tylenol and Baby Orajel – must haves for any road trip! These items will most likely not be readily available for purchase in the middle of the night when you are 30 miles or more outside of an actual town. Packing these items will keeps baby’s pesky symptoms at bay until you can get to a doctor, if need be.
- Dirty Diaper Bags – Munchkin Arm & Hammer bag dispenser is great for keeping those stinky diapers sealed until you have time to get to a dumpster.
- Sleep Sacks – these outfits are great for not only keeping baby warm on cool nights but also keeps the bugs off the majority of baby’s skin.
- Inflatable Kiddie pool – These are great for entertaining your baby and they are easy to travel with. Just inflate and fill with your baby’s favorite toys, the pool acts as a playpen so they aren’t crawling all over the ground.
- New Toys! – Make sure to bring plenty of toys for your baby to play with to keep them entertained. No one likes to hear a crying baby while they are trying to enjoy the sounds of nature. The dollar store is perfect for buying multiple toys that don’t cost a lot so you don’t feel bad if they break or get left behind at your campsite.
- Baby Carrier or Sling – Brands such as Infantino make great baby carriers that strap to your body so you can do activities hands-free while camping. These are perfect for taking your baby along on long hikes or walks around the campground.
- Infant Co-Sleeper bed – these beds are perfect to keep your baby next to you in tight spaces. Whether you are tent camping or camping in an RV co-sleepers work perfect as a spot for baby to sleep without disrupting your sleep. The best part is, certain models such as the Baby Delight co-sleeper are portable and fold up into a compact bag so they take up less space than a crib would.
Just because you have a baby doesn’t mean you have to miss out on the fun of camping under the stars and enjoying the great outdoors. Who knows, maybe you’ll pass down your love for camping to your child someday.