4 Tips for Camping with a Toddler

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Toddlers are constantly moving, eating, and exploring. Camping is a wonderful opportunity to spend breathing fresh air, roasting marshmellows, and enjoying the great outdoors as a family! However, taking a toddler anywhere can be challenging. So, I wanted to share with you four tips to help you have the best time camping with your toddler.

Tip #1: Don’t Worry Too Much About What Your Toddler Will Eat

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Eating a smore

At home, we feed Bethany healthy meals and snacks at certain times of the day. When we camp, we eat whatever we want whenever we want. Your toddler should too! This doesn’t mean you shouldn’t bring healthy foods to eat as well, but don’t worry if they eat the whole smore either. That’s part of the camping fun!

Tip #2: Bring Familiar Toys

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Sleeping in

Bethany sleeps with her suffed Elmo every night and often carries him around with her. New places and experiences can be uncomfortable for kids. So it was important for us to bring something that would comfort her.

Tip #3: Bring a Pack ‘n Play

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Ready to get up for the day!

A pack ‘n play will help your toddler sleep at night and during the day for a nap. It fit perfectly in our six person tent and you can even take it out of the tent if you want them to play in a confined area for awhile. It provided the comfort and security that Bethany needed on our three night camping trip.

Tip #4: Bring Sunscreen

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Playing outside

Toddlers can get a sunburn easily, so be sure to bring sunscreen (and a sunhat for extra protection.) Note that putting sunscreen on them once a day will NOT be enough. Lather them up frequently throughout the day and you’ll be thankful you avoided a nasty burn!


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Have fun!

Camping with a toddler can be lots of fun, just be sure to: not worry too much about what they’ll eat, bring familiar toys, bring a pack ‘n play, and bring sunscreen.

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