It’s time to get outdoors, and camping is a great way to explore all that nature has to offer with your family.
But if you’ve got little ones, you might be asking, “is it really worth it?”
We say “YES!” But don't take our word for it.
LinnieLou spoke with Haley Nicole, a wife, mother, and doula who loves to travel with her kids.
In fact, she started her Instagram account, mywanderlust.tribe, to share her love of family travel.
“Whether it be taking our travel trailer out into the woods or flying around in our Bonanza, we always have a good time,” Haley said. “The weekends are my favorite time to disconnect and hang with the fam.”
Keep reading for Haley and LinnieLou’s top 3 tips for camping with young kids!
When it comes to packing for a camping trip, remember what you don’t take is just as important as what you do.
While it can be tempting to take everything and the kitchen sink, we think it’s best not to overpack.
For example, Haley even advised parents to leave most toys behind.
“You don’t need too many toys,” she said. “Just bring the minimum. There is so much to do outside, and bringing less encourages [your toddlers] to use their imagination.”
As for what to bring, here’s Haley’s top recommendations:
- A play yard. Haley recommends this eight panel one.
- A SlumberPod to put over your little one’s pack ‘n’ play to keep out light.
- Mini camping chairs
- A portable high chair
We also suggest you pack a few LinnieLou 3:1 Changing and Feeding Kits to make on the go diaper changes and meals a breeze!
Make a list and check it twice!
In addition to any camping gear you might need, Haley suggests you pack items for any activities you want to do while on your camping trip.
“Take time to write out your essentials for each person, as well as activities and supplies to bring.”
Here are a few of Haley’s ideas:
- Pen and paper for scavenger hunts
- Paint and brushes for pinecone painting
- Crayons and paper for drawing nature scenes
Choose your Campsite Wisely
When it comes to camping with young kids, Haley said to choose your campsite wisely.
“We try to avoid high traffic areas,” she said. “And avoid having a camping spot right by a body of water. Fishing is an awesome activity for kids, but I always have a better peace of mind when our spot is further away from the water.”
Go With the Flow
Haley’s biggest piece of advice for parents is to go with the flow.
“Be flexible with schedule changes,” she said. “I’m huge on sticking to routine and schedule, but when traveling, I have to adapt to whatever is thrown our way.”
So, when it comes to camping, know that you’ll likely be running around with your little ones for most of the day.
“Take joy in knowing you can relax with your spouse after bedtime,” she said.
Camping is a great way to spend quality time with your family!
But if you’re overwhelmed by the idea, here are few reminders:
- Be sure to pack wisely. Haley suggests leaving most toys at home.
- And when it comes to packing, be sure to make a list for every family member and include supplies for any activities you’d like to do while camping.
- Choose an appropriate campsite. Avoid high traffic areas or waterfront campsites.
- Go with the flow, and know that your routine might be a little off while you’re camping.
Photo Credit: @chrisherath