- Before you camp buy some clothes at the DI or another thirft store. This will ease your mind as your child gets completely fithly!
- For simplicity bring your baby or toddler's booster seat to eat in around the campfire. Also, if you have a baby or child under two it's a good idea to bring their pack 'n play and just set it up in the tent for naps and bedtime (you'll need to make sure you have a big tent, at least a 4 man, we use a 6).
- Even if the weather will be hot plan on packing extra pants and shoes instead of a lot of shorts and sandals. It's easier on little legs and feet to be protected.
- If your kids have a hard time sleeping in a tent then try a few things. Some kids are used to a night light and therefore camping is scary. Hang a headlamp or other flashlight from the top of your tent to give off light like a night light (you might waste batteries, but you'll get more sleep). Also, make sure your child is WARM. My son who is less than 2 won't stay under the covers so we put two pairs of pajamas on him and a jacket with a hood.
- If you have a little girl - choose a hairstyle that will stay in tight and won't get in her way, something that you can easily fix the next day too.
- If you have a child under the age of two, bring a kid carrier so you can hike easier with your little one.
- If you have a baby, bring an old exersaucer (again, check the DI) that you won't mind getting dirty and let your baby hang out in that when you need a break. You can also bring BIG pieces of carpet to let your baby crawl around on if you don't want him/her in the rocks and dirt.
- If it's your first time camping with your children, don't plan a big trip for your first one. Only camp one night and then if you like it, try it out for more nights.
- Most of all - just have fun and realize that it might be a bit dirty and difficult, but you can make some great memories.
Now let's hear from you! What are some tips you have?? I'd love to hear your success stories and things that have worked for you while camping.