Camping with a Toddler Packing Checklist

A Toddler's Weekend in East DevonWe’ve been camping a lot this summer. East Devon, South Devon, Camper Calling… So I thought that my camping with a toddler packing checklist would be good to share. I like to pack light, but with camping have tendency to shove everything we might need in the car. Even though it is a big car, it can reach bursting point! And then without a list I tend to forget something important. Like the stove…

Camping with a Toddler Packing Checklist

Tent n that
  • Tent (with pegs etc). Bit of an obvious one. We use a 4-man one for the three of us, which works nicely size-wise. I can’t recommend strongly enough having a good sized porch. This means that when the good old British weather lets us down we can comfortably sit under cover. And the toddler has a bit of dry space to play in.
  • Sleeping mats. Harking back to the days when I used to need to carry my camping stuff, we use self-inflating sleeping mats. They are not cheap, but roll up into a compact size and are light. As with most camping stuff, the smaller and lighter, the more expensive it is!
  • Sleeping bags. This is a bit of a personal one as it depends how much you feel the cold. Daisy and I like to be nice and snug so tend to use a three or four season bag in the UK even in summer…
  • Pillows. As we will have the car with us, I like to take our normal pillows. Gives a bit of home comfort.
  • Picnic blanket and chairs. Somewhere to sit, somewhere to play.
  • Cooking stuff. We currently have a single ring gas cooker, so tend to only take one pan. And plates, cutlery, cups, chopping board. This does mean you have to be creative with one-pot meals though. We think we might invest in a two ring cooker to expand our repertoire of meals.
  • Cool box. This is one thing we want to upgrade. For summer camping it is difficult to keep things cool. Which is tricky with a toddler who wants milk. We’re currently investigating some sort of solar powered fridge…
  • Torches. We don’t actually often use ours. But can be handy for locating a toddler when they have rolled to the far corner of the tent in the middle of the night.
Camping with a Toddler Packing Checklist
Other essential stuff
  • Clothing. Take lots of clothes that can be layered. It can get pretty chilly at night even when it has been hot during the day. The things we always pack for everyone include a full set of waterproofs, wellies/waterproof boots and a warm hoodie. I like to take flip flops for lounging around in.
  • Toddler transportation. We tend to take both buggy and backpack carrier. If we were short of space, we would just take the latter.
  • Other bits and pieces. None of this is particularly camping specific. Don’t forget wash stuff and towels for everyone. And sun cream and insect repellent. (Although forgetting those guarantees sunny weather). I have developed a tendency to forget glasses / contact lenses. Not very useful when I need them to see. Nappy changing paraphernalia. Camera / phone for taking snaps of the lovely scenery. And an in-car charger for when your battery drains.

Happy camping!

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