You may think that I am crazy to consider taking a toddler on a camping trip. I am sure the first question that sprang to your mind when you read the title was “isn’t the hassle at home enough”? Well, I know taking care of a toddler is an exhausting task and most of us do not want to go out of the routine in fear that the balance we have achieved so far will all crumple. However, it should not be like that. If you are brave enough to introduce the little one to new experiences like camping, you will realize how easy it is to make them see the world the way you do.
Here are a few tips for those who dare to go out camping with the toddler!
There is only one rule. Be prepared for anything and everything. With toddlers you can never make predictions. No matter how well you thought you knew your kid, it will take only a second for them to prove you wrong.
Therefore, pack things to soothe his or her mood together with essential items such as a high quality opinel pocket knife and general camping gear.
If possible practice sleeping in a tent with the little one. You can set it up indoors when you first start and gradually move outdoors. This will make camping more familiar to the child and he/she will not be scared at the prospect of sleeping in some place without the bed.
Remember to take at least some food items the kid likes. You may be an expert in cooking all sorts of camping food in staub cast iron cookware but your toddler may not appreciate them. So do not try to camp by the book when kids are involved or you will have to go the nearest town at all ungodly hours and may even be compelled to pack and come back home.
Get all the lotions and repellants
You would not want the toddler looking like a leopard with spots all over him/her with insect bites, do you? I guess not. So pack the sunscreens, moisturizers, insect repellants, etc.
Be ready to face all weathers
Just like your toddler, the weather can be unforgiving at times. Therefore, even though you chose a time in the year when it is least likely to rain or be cold, be ready for all these. Unlike the grown-ups, kids are extremely sensitive to the climate.
Pre plan some activities
Just being in the wilderness may be too boring for the little one. So, plan some activities you can do on the camping grounds and take some of the favorite toys that are easy to clean to keep the child entertained and engaged.
If you follow my guidance I am sure that you will be make the next camping trip toddler friendly.