How To Prepare A Camping Trip With a Toddler

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We are taking our first camping trip with our toddler next weekend and I feel completely underprepared & worried. I have a week to get things together, but it takes much more planning than just a night over at Nana & Papa’s house.

We haven’t camped this year yet, so this will be our first & only trip before summer is officially over. I have started reading other mom blogger’s tips & how they have had successful camping trips this year with their littles, so I feel much more confident lately.

I am a planner & love to keep things organized, listed & setup before anything major happens. Since our trip is two hours from home, it is going to be crucial that we pack things throughout the week so we aren’t scrambling beforehand.

We will have family & seasoned campers with us, so that helps!

When doing some early research on camping with toddlers, I looked to one of my blogging inspirations, friends & outdoor mom blogger guru Tiffany at ShortSweetMom.

Her & her family took a camping trip recently & she had me taking notes! How To Enjoy Camping With a Toddler; 8 Helpful Tips,  she suggests bringing lots of baby wipes for extra messes and dirty hands.

We are also going camping in Cascadia, Oregon & the weather can get chilly at night. Tiffany reminded me to be sure to bring an extra layer for those inclement weather incidents.

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The checklist that I created is broken down into different categories to make sure all aspects are covered. This gives me a visual of what can be packed in advance, as well as things we will have to put together the morning of.

Lots of planning = an enjoyable family trip!

Starting a list early helps you remember the small, random items & gives you time to add onto it too.

Scroll below for a printable PDF version for you & your family’s next trip!

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  • Tent
  • Camping Chairs
  • Sleeping Bags
  • Air Mattress
  • Pump
  • Blankets x2
  • Pillows
  • Foldable Blanket


  • First Aid Kit
  • Sunscreen
  • Bug Spray
  • Lotion
  • Hand Sanitizer
  • Chapstick
  • Hatchet
  • Knife
  • Flashlights & Batteries
  • Towels
  • Washcloths
  • Sunglasses
  • Deodorant
  • Toothpaste & Toothbrush
  • Toilet Paper
  • Shampoo/Conditioner 
  • Soap
  • Contact Case, Solution & Extra Contacts
  • Glasses
  • Hair Brush & Ties



  • Silverware
  • Spatula
  • Serving Spoons
  • Whisk
  • Large Pan
  • Water Pitcher
  • Large Pot Coffee Mugs
  • Baggies (Garbage, Shopping, Sandwich)
  • Washcloths
  • Soap
  • Paper Goods (Plate, Napkins, Towels, Cups)
  • Designated MEAL, Lunch & Snack Ideas


  • Books
  • Coloring Books & Blank paper
  • Crayons, Markers, Pencils
  • Flashcards
  • Dice


I would love to hear stories about your camping trips this summer. What are you essential camping items & fun things to do, especially with little ones?

Take Care,

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  • Meagan Emmons

    I pinned this so I can look at it when baby is a toddler. We take the older one camping and she loves it so I can’t wait to start taking the baby next summer.

    • I am so happy my tips can help down the road Meagan! Enjoy the rest of the summer.

  • Joslynn Tessier

    I love this! Awesome list to have!
    I especially love the safety and hygiene section because I always seem to forget something important !

    • Thank you Joslynn for reading. I was thinking about adding a few extra blank spots to add extra items when needed. Glad you enjoyed it!

  • My camping trip would also include a ton of things to dig and play with, more than just colouring and such! My toddler loved to dig up the campsite. LOL. Not sure thats a good thing. And all the benedryl in case of a reaction

    • These are PERFECT! Thank you for the great ideas. And benadryl is on the list for her and I for sure. I have had a reaction camping before…NOT fun 🙁

  • Oh, that would be its own adventure in itself! Way to go Mama for sticking with it on vacation. We can’t wait.

  • Kim Ord Pepice

    I’ve been wanting to bring my little one camping, the lists provided will be a helpful resource for when I give it a go. Maybe next summer!

  • Great list. I think the most important thing to do to prepare is to review safety with your toddler.

  • Kimberly Ballesteros

    This is great! I never went camping before lol! def want to do it!

    • Thank you Kimberly for commenting & reading. It takes a bit of planning, but it is well worth it!

  • Tayler

    These are such great tips! I will have to use this when we take our kiddo camping!

    • Thank you for taking a moment to read my tips. Hope they help you out when you take your adventure!

  • Kaity Johnson

    Saving this for reference this fall! We used to be huge campers before having little ones and realized that we haven’t gone since having our oldest daughter 4 years ago—crazy! We made a goal to go camping this fall, so these tips will be put to good use. 🙂

    • Thank you Kaity for reading and saving my tips for later! It was quite a trip, but well worth it. Let us know how the fall trip goes 🙂

  • Shelly Barwick

    Just reading your lists was exhausting! But what a great time for the toddler! Happy camping!

    • Thank you Shelly for reading! It took quite a bit of planning with the little one, but it was well worth it! Take care 🙂

  • Thank you Jackie for the tip! We took a ton of wipes & it was so helpful. I hope you had a great trip!