Here is a comprehensive list of items that I brought camping when we had out first daughter This packing list is for 3-5 days. The only difference between going for 3 days vs 5 days would be the number of diapers I would bring which of course is more for 5 days. The packing list is for weather that does not dip below 10 degrees even at night! You could use this list for any trips away from home but might want to adjust the number of cute outfits. This list can also be slightly adjusted for short trips away from home. Since it is car camping it has less items than a luxurious trip but more items than a backpacking trip.
Most people might think that to go camping with a baby you need an SUV. In one camping trip we packed all our gear for 3 adults, as well as our 1 year old and all her gear in our Toyota Matrix which is a hatchback. We have a roof rack and a box to carry extra things. Our Coogar Chariot jogging stroller was attached to our roof rack.
– 4 short sleeved onesies
– 3 long sleeved onesies
– 3 sleepers
– 3 pairs socks (Can be used for toes and hands!)
– 3 sweat/stretchy pants (Two to play in and one to go over clothes at night if its cold)
– 3 t-shirts
– 3 long sleeved shirts (Two to play in and one to go over clothes at night if its cold)
– 2 cute outfits (obviously not a necessity but they are so small and easy to pack anyways!)
– 2 bunny hugs AKA hoodies (I am a Saskatchewanian)
– 1 fleece outfit (make sure it folds over hands and feet to keep warm especially when sleeping)
– 1 muddy buddy (to protect against rainy weather for older babies)
– 1 carrier cover (protect against the cold, rain and snow) for younger babies
– Toque (in case it gets colder)
– a pair of slippers (We love the Padraig booties for warmth or leather shoes)
– Shoes (If she is walking have one pair that she can walk around if its wet outside)
– Sleeping bed (See “8 Unique Travel Beds” post for ideas!!)
– sleep sac
– Comfort blanket
– Optional: We pack 3 extra blankets to cover our sleeping bed (see below). That way we get to sleep a little longer in the morning because it blocks the light out.
– Husk her Husky dog she sleeps and plays with ALL the time!!
Poos, Pees and everything diaper related:
– 9-10 diapers a day (If they are a newborn I would go for 13 diapers a day)
– Zinc (For potential bum rashes. Our daughter would always develop a bum rash camping)
– Two bags that hold dirty cloths from baby blow outs! You can buy some at baby stores that keep the smell within the bag.
– 3 garbage bags (Especially handy if garbage is not nearby)
If your baby has not started solids and you are breastfeeding than you have nothing to worry about as long as you go on the trip as well! This made camping when our daughter was 4 weeks old really easy. If you are formula feeding make sure to bring enough plus a little extra for the trip. I know formula does not keep for too long especially without a fridge so factor that in while camping. Make sure to bring a few bottles because sterilizing while camping will take a little longer than usual.
If your baby has started solids here are a few ideas!
Breakfast ideas: Toast, Steel oats (precooked), Instant Oatmeal or Baby Cereal with pear
(To be really easy one time I just used a baby cereal cookie. This was also great when traveling in the car to go camping.)
Snack ideas: Leftover pear from breakfast, banana, blueberries, cookie,
Lunch: avocado, strawberries, leftover rice, falafel balls (I like the ones from Costco)
Dinner: Kabobs over the grill, soups, lentils and rice with added water, sweet potatoes or carrots boiled , or packaged baby food. I really like the brands ‘Ella’s Kitchen’ and most recently on Dragon’s Den ‘Love Child’. Really any food packages that you squeeze out are really easy to use and at least nice to have a few on hand.
2x Sippy cup
Portable highchair. We never brought one along because we do not own one. I have always thought that it would be great to feed our daughter in a highchair and also have another place to put her while car camping.
– Camillia (Boiron Natural Teething product is what I prefer)
– Coxyntal (Boiron natural tummy soothing product)
– Benedryl (Just in case you have an allergic reaction and you need time to get to a hospital)
That is all. I find our daughter loves playing with all the sticks, stones and leafs that we do not need to bring much else. Besides there is always a camping pot or spoon that she can play with as well.