Camping with Kids

Camping. A good, wholesome, all-American, budget-friendly vacation.

Bear in mirror

We took the first trip of 2009. On our way to the campground I noticed Bear had pulled a cooking pot from the box next to him and made a hat.

Bear Naps In Tent

The first time Bear went camping he was about 10 months old and it was cold, but he was fine at night sleeping in a snowsuit.

I suggest a Pack-n-Play when camping with babies and toddlers. It sets up easily in a full-size tent, and you can bring it out during the day to keep crawling babies away from the dirt, the fire, and the *wild animals.

Now, at age 2, Bear can sleep in a sleeping bag, but we'd take the Pack-n'Play if we were going for longer than a weekend.


Our living room. We used the open fire to make coffee, grill steaks, bake potatoes, and cook bacon and eggs. And of course to toast marshmallows.

steak and potatoes

Shark Camping Breakfast

Breakfast outside on a chilly morning is good for kids.

Boys with Kindling

The boys gathered kindling for the fire. A perfect blend of chore and play!


Pets can come too. This is Sam. He loves camping!

One thing I've learned to pack for every camping trip, no matter the kids ages or whether there are even kids with me, is baby wipes. Always pack baby wipes.

Anyone else have a camping tip?

*I'm totally kidding about the wild animals.


Anonymous said...

Use marshmallows and fudge stripe cookies for your s'mores. They're much easier for little kids to handle than the graham cracker and hershey's chocolate.

Rachel said...

always. tampons. they are useful and they amuse the hell outta bored kids ;-)

I wanna go camping!!!!!!!!

Laura - Are We Nearly There Yet Mummy? said...

I love camping ... even though when I wrote this post last year it didn't seem so ...


I think the kids will look back on our camping holidays and think they were a great adventure.

We go for our first camp of 2009 at the end of May ... marshmellows at the ready.

Rima said...

I've not been camping with my kids yet, but I wholeheartedly approve of this activity!

Angie's Spot said...

I'm very impressed! I'm not an outdoorsy kind of gal. Camping is like my worst nightmare. Well, I take that back. If it was just hubby & I, it would be ok, but not with my kids. Oh, who am I kidding? Camping just isn't for me. :-)

Amy said...

Dory - I learned that trick in Boy Scouts and it's brilliant!

Rachel - Good list!

Ali said...

wow. wow. you have balls, woman! i am SOOOOO not a camping kind of girl!

Ellen aka Ellie said...

My first camping trip was a mission trip south of the border. I was over 40! I did okay, but I have to congratulate you on starting your kids out this young.

You are a brave and good mom.

I agree with the wipes, Wet Ones work too. Oh, and those crack and warm hand warmers if there's a sudden turn in the weather (I've been on three such trips now, but otherwise do not camp willingly).

My last tip: hotel reservations.

OHmommy said...

I am envious of your energy to camp with kids. I always assumed they should be older. But you prove me wrong. I think we will try it this year as the DH and I used to camp often.

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