BabyCamping

The Most Useful Camping Essentials for Your Mini-Adventurer

It can be isolating to have a baby…especially your first. It is tricky to go anywhere. I was terrified of my son catching germs and getting sick any time we stepped foot outside the house. Plus, I was always a mess trying to get out the door with the two over-packed diaper bags I took everywhere. Then, before I even realized it, six months had gone by and I had barely left the house. My first son was born in the fall, and by spring, I was going stir crazy with cabin fever. We started out by taking him hiking with us and on little day trips that wouldn’t stress us out too much. Eventually, we tried a camping weekend before he turned one, and surprise, it wasn’t a total disaster. Now, with my second baby on the way, I know that we have to make it a point to get out and more importantly, know that we can do it … Thanks to some very clever products from companies that know babies.  

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We will be taking our little ones camping the first chance we get, and in order to make it an experience that the whole family will enjoy and want to do again, here is a roundup of our favorite must haves to keep even the littlest mini-adventurer happy. These are the essentials we will be taking with us on our family outings.

Insect Repellent Bracelet

I have a terrible reaction to mosquito bites, and unfortunately, my son also has the same reaction. It can make it miserable for him to play outside. We have to take every precaution to keep him from being covered in bites that he can’t stop scratching. These slap on bracelets are made with natural insect repellent so they are safe for baby, and they contain no DEET. You can put them on the wrist or ankle to help keep the bugs away.

 

Coolfire 4 Pack Natural Mosquito Repellent Slap On Bracelets Wristband for Kids Baby. Bug Insect Repeller Bracelets DEET FreeCoolfire 4 Pack Natural Mosquito Repellent Slap On Bracelets Wristband for Kids Baby. Bug Insect Repeller Bracelets DEET FreeI need this ♥

 

 

Portable Baby Tent

Whether they are napping or just having some tummy time, keep baby safe and in one spot with a portable baby tent. The waterproof nylon, breathable mesh, and lightweight material make it perfect to take along on your outings. It is even self-expanding so you don’t even have to do anything to set it up. We love to take ours to the beach to use when our son needs a nap.  

Instant Portable Travel Baby Tent, Beach Tent for Babies, BlueInstant Portable Travel Baby Tent, Beach Tent for Babies, BlueI need this ♥

 

 

DockATot

This is an amazing baby must have in general! The DockATot is meant to mimic the womb. It snuggles baby in a safe and hypoallergenic environment that is also lightweight and easy to bring on travel. This will help keep baby cozy and snug at home and on the go. If they had one of these in adult sizes, I would by it. The DockATot is also a great spot for tummy time.  

DockATot Deluxe+ Dock (Pristine White) - The All in One Baby Lounger, Portable Crib and Bassinet - Perfect for Co Sleeping - Breathable & Hypoallergenic - Suitable from 0-8 months (Pristine White)DockATot Deluxe+ Dock (Pristine White) – The All in One Baby Lounger, Portable Crib and Bassinet – Perfect for Co Sleeping – Breathable & Hypoallergenic – Suitable from 0-8 months (Pristine White)I need this ♥

 

Portable High Chair

A portable high chair is an easy way to feed baby on the go. Cooking while camping is always about 20 times harder than at home. With a portable high chair you can keep baby within arm’s reach and watch them while they eat, even when you have your hands full. 

ciao! baby Portable Travel Highchair, Blackciao! baby Portable Travel Highchair, BlackI need this ♥

 

Abiie Huggs Contour 

This is the Cadillac of baby carriers, and absolute must for an outing. Whether you are going for a hike or just an afternoon out, the Abiie Huggs Contour will be a lifesaver. It provides six different carrying modes from front to back, cross body and even hip carrying modes to provide support when your toddler wants to be carried. The padded waist strap fit both myself and my husband with simple adjusting, and it has a foam seat cushion that allows ergonomic support both for you and baby while alleviating the pressure off the back straps. In hip carrying mode, the back straps simply zip off leaving the waist band and the carrier booster seat that is lightweight, but effective at holding up my little one. I can prop my toddler on my hip and keep walking without getting exhausted after a few minutes. 

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There is neck support for new babies and a hood that can be pulled up to protect baby from the sun while supporting their head in case they fall asleep. The sturdy fabric is soft and comfortable with breathable mesh. Its adjustable straps are the easiest straps I have ever used on baby carrier. Teething pads also are available to cover the straps when baby starts chewing on everything. This is one of the few carriers that can grow with baby, and it is truly sturdy enough for our hikes and still comfortable to wear. If you are an outdoor family, you need the Abiie Huggs Contour

Abiie HUGGS Baby Carrier Hip Seat - Approved by U.S. Safety Standards - Healthy Sitting Position (M-position) - Front Facing, Hip Hugger, Back Baby Carrier - 100% Cotton, 2-Year Warranty (Grey)Abiie HUGGS Baby Carrier Hip Seat – Approved by U.S. Safety Standards – Healthy Sitting Position (M-position) – Front Facing, Hip Hugger, Back Baby Carrier – 100% Cotton, 2-Year Warranty (Grey)I need this ♥

 

Portable Bottle Warmer 

This portable bottle warmer works in the car with an adaptor. It is a lifesaver on the road, and a great idea for a camping trip. Plug it in and warm up your bottles with ease. Let me tell you, there is nothing worse than a baby screaming for a bottle in the middle of the night when you are staying in a crowded campground. Always plan ahead and make sure you can get baby what they need quickly. Baby screams carry pretty far out in the woods. 

Munchkin Travel Car Baby Bottle Warmer, GreyMunchkin Travel Car Baby Bottle Warmer, GreyI need this ♥

 

Baby Bottler Sterilizer 

Washing baby bottles is a pain, and washing them on the road is even worse. Try this baby bottle sterilizer when you are on the road to help keep all those bottles clean without having to do dishes constantly. 

The First Years Power of Steam Electric Steam SterilizerThe First Years Power of Steam Electric Steam SterilizerI need this ♥

 

Portable Activity Chair

Keep your little one busy with this portable activity chair. It is lightweight and easy to setup so you can place it wherever you may be relaxing. The floor also allows it to keep little feet clean and out of the dirt or off the hot sand.  

KidCo - GoPod, Portable Baby Activity Station - PistachioKidCo – GoPod, Portable Baby Activity Station – PistachioI need this ♥

 

Baby Sleeping Bag 

If you are sleeping outdoors, temperatures can drop drastically at night. Bring a Baby Deedee Sleep Nest Sleeping Bag to keep them snug and cozy. The soft, quilted duvet material will keep your baby warm and comfortable on those chilly nights.

baby deedee Sleep Nest Baby Sleeping Bag, Wearable Blanket Sleeper, Khaki/Lime Green, Mediumbaby deedee Sleep Nest Baby Sleeping Bag, Wearable Blanket Sleeper, Khaki/Lime Green, MediumI need this ♥

 

Baby Rain Suit

It seems to rain every time we camp so a baby rain suit is a must. It will keep them warm and dry when the weather refuses to cooperate. Warm and dry makes for a much happier baby. This can fold up easily and be carried along just in case rain arrives, and there is even a perfect pocket on the Abiie Huggs Contour to place the rain suit in if you get stuck in bad weather on a hike.   

Splashy Children's One Piece Rainsuit - Kids Splash Suit and MudStopper Coveralls (2 Years, Navy)Splashy Children’s One Piece Rainsuit – Kids Splash Suit and MudStopper Coveralls (2 Years, Navy)I need this ♥

 

It was a pleasure trying out the Abiie Huggs Contour Carrier gifted to me. All opinions remain my own. This post also contains affiliate links.

 

Must have products and tips for camping with baby. #FamilyTravel via @jeanabeena
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Kait

Kaitlin tries to live her life according to the words of Theodore Roosevelt, “Nothing in the world is worth having or worth doing unless it means effort, pain, and difficulty.” As a marathon runner, aspiring writer, and lover of travel, she lives each day to find the next adventure to take her out of her comfort zone. She hopes to inspire and encourage others with her words.

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7 Comments

  1. Catvills
    August 11, 2017 at 1:06 am — Reply

    These are all great products to ensure a successful camping trip with a baby/toddler in tow. Those mosquito repellent bracelets would be great to have, not only when camping but when spending time outdoors in summer as well.

  2. Julie Syl
    August 10, 2017 at 5:22 am — Reply

    Parents know how to protect their child. They know how to take care of them, they know when they need to eat, drink, sleep, poop, and many other things. These awesome tips are really good if family with kids will be on a camping trip. This is a smart protection for the children because they still can’t protect themselves from harm.

  3. Kelly Reci
    August 10, 2017 at 1:58 am — Reply

    Sometimes, we forget the significant things that we need to bring in a camping. It is better to be 100% ready. This are good ideas and reminders.

  4. Ron Leyba
    August 9, 2017 at 10:01 am — Reply

    The Dockatot is probably the most useful one in this list. Heard lots of great things about it!

  5. August 9, 2017 at 4:57 am — Reply

    Those insect repellent bracelets are SO helpful especially in Florida! We have mosquitos like crazy at night.

  6. Lisa Rios
    August 8, 2017 at 9:15 pm — Reply

    That baby tent and sleeping bag are too cute for words. I haven’t been camping with our 3 year old, but I’m sure she’d love the experience.

  7. August 8, 2017 at 5:53 pm — Reply

    These are great essentials to have when you’re doing some travelling or adventuring. That little tent is so cute!

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