Camping with a Baby Checklist – Prepare like a Pro!

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This checklist includes the essentials to pack for your baby when camping! Add on whatever you’ll need for yourself (and your partner) to make this comprehensive to what you specifically need. 

I recommend taking notes on what worked and what you ended up not using, so you can create a personalized checklist as you get out there and have your own family camping experiences. Happy camping with your little one!

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Camping with a baby Checklist

Check out my Camping with a Baby: A Practical Guide for Outdoor Adventures blog post for more in-depth information on camping with your baby!

Camping Gear:

  • Tent (with stakes, rain fly, and footprint)
  • Sleeping bags or blankets
  • Sleeping pads
  • Portable crib, bassinet, or travel cot
  • Baby carrier or backpack (for exploring)
  • Camp chairs or portable seating
  • Lanterns or headlamps with extra batteries
  • Camping stove and fuel
  • Cookware (pots, pans, utensils)
  • Cooler or insulated bag for storing baby food/formula
  • Portable high chair or booster seat

Baby Changing Essentials:

  • Diapers (bring extras!)
  • Wipes
  • Diaper rash cream
  • Changing pad or mat
  • Trash bags for waste disposal

Feeding Supplies:

  • Bottles (if using formula)
  • Formula and extra water (if not breastfeeding)
  • Baby food (if introducing solids)
  • Bibs or burp cloths
  • Sippy cups or bottles with handles
  • Snack cups or containers
  • Dish soap and sponge for cleaning dishes

Baby Clothing and Bedding:

  • Synthetic or wool baselayers (non-cotton)
  • Rain jacket (depending on weather)
  • Coat or warm fleece
  • Hats, mittens, and socks
  • Pajamas or sleepwear
  • Extra blankets for warmth
  • Sleep sack or baby sleeping bag
  • Swaddle blankets (if applicable)

Health and Safety:

  • First aid kit (bandages, antiseptic wipes, tweezers, etc.)
  • Baby-safe pain reliever/fever reducer (check with pediatrician)
  • Baby thermometer
  • Hand sanitizer

If 6+ months old:

  • Baby sunscreen (SPF 30+)
  • Insect repellent for babies

Entertainment and Comfort:

  • Toys and books (just a couple)
  • Baby’s favorite comfort items (blanket, stuffed animal, etc.)
  • Portable white noise machine*
  • Baby monitor (if camping with multiple tents)

* I camped without a sound machine and baby monitor and my baby did fine with the natural noises outside, but my friends brought a portable white noise machine for their kids and they were glad they did. Try it out and figure out what’s best for your baby!

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