Last Updated: Mar 31, 2019

Camping Essentials With Toddlers: Tips & Information

  • BY Nick Bulanda

    Published March 31, 2019

Camping with toddlers can be rough the first time around. After all, toddlers are used to being at home and sleeping in their bed. As a result, a camping trip is a big change to their daily experience. This creates anxiety in children and makes them act fussy. It can even cut into their sleeping schedule. However, taking the right gear is super helpful. This goes beyond just your camping chair. Instead, it deals with all of the camping essentials with toddlers.

The Disposable Essentials

Disposable essentials are simple camping essentials for your toddler. The name says it all. These essentials are used once and then tossed away. Here are a few of these items:

  • Toilet Paper/Baby Wipes
  • Extra Baby Wipes
  • Extra Diapers

Do not count on a campsite to provide you with these items. Especially when it comes to baby wipes and diapers. Now, some campgrounds do provide toilet paper. But, they might run out and they do not offer out multiple rolls. Bring some extra toilet paper. It is always better safe than sorry!

Camping Essentials With Toddlers: Protection

There are some items necessary for camping with a toddler not too different from adult camping essentials. This list of essentials protects toddlers from potential dangers of the great outdoors. Here are all of the essential protective items for camping:

  • Baby Powder & Diaper Cream
  • Baby Lotion
  • Suntan Lotion
  • Insect Repellent

Each and every item on this list is just as important as the last. Baby powder and diaper cream are super handy. You never know what can happen in that diaper. Protect toddlers from a potential diaper rash and other uncomfortable situations.

Baby lotion is just an essential. But, it does protect toddlers from dry skin. Remember, prolonged time outside has an effect on the skin. Dry conditions, in particular, can really dry out the skin. Thus, lotion is a great essential to have on deck.

Finally, suntan lotion and insect repellent might be the most important protective essentials. Even for adults, mosquito bites area real big problem. Imagine what mosquito bites are like for kiddies. On the other hand, UV rays are dangerous for adults and toddlers alike. Planning a camping trip that is near water or the beach. Then you need a camping chair with shade and some baby suntan lotion on top of your adult suntan lotion.

A good backpack is one of the many camping essentials with toddlers!
A good backpack is one of the many camping essentials with toddlers!

Camping Equipment & Camping Clothing

Obviously, the proper camping gear is a huge deal. This is no different than your own camping gear. This can include their own chair and even more specific types of equipment. Not to mention proper clothing for your trip. Here is the list of camping essentials with toddlers including clothing and more:

  • Toddler Camping Chair
  • Toddler Camping Bed
  • Hiking Gear
  • Swimsuits
  • Sweaters/Shirts
  • Pants/Shorts
  • Tennis Shoes
  • Hiking Shoes
  • Towels
  • Blankets
  • Backpacks
  • Water Jugs
  • Snacks
  • Flashlights
  • Hats
  • Sunglasses
  • Fishing Gear
  • Water Gear

This list is rather massive with so many moving parts. Basically, double check the weather before you leave. Pack accordingly for the conditions. Pack for adverse conditions as well. After all, you never know what mother nature might bring your way. One second it is dry and comfortable. Next thing you know, it is down pouring. Be prepared for the worst.

Safety Equipment

Outside of the diapers and wipes, this is the most important part of this article. Why? Because safety equipment is more than just camping essentials with toddlers. Instead, this is a necessity for any and every camping trip. Here are some other helpful safety equipment:

  • First Aid Kit
  • Sleeping Medication
  • Cough Medication
  • Any Specific Medications
  • Wash Cloth

Each item on this list is an absolute essential. Here is the Red Cross list of essentials in a first aid kit. Do not cut any corners here. Pack the proper safety equipment.

Bottom line, a first aid kit is the most important essential for any camping trip.
Bottom line, a first aid kit is the most important essential for any camping trip.


Last but not necessarily least, bring entertainment for the toddler. This goes beyond just campsite fun. But, that is certainly part of the equation. Instead, it primarily includes car trip activities. Here are a few good items to pack:

  • DVD Player & DVDs
  • Books
  • Music
  • Games

Last Advice On Camping Essentials With Toddler

Unfortunately, the first camping trip with your toddler is a lot of hard work. But, it gets better with time. All the while, your toddler is shaped and formed thanks to memorable experiences. Take them camping as much as possible. Everyone will enjoy it.

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