The list author says: "Camping with babies and toddlers can be great fun for everyone involved--especially if you are well prepared. Here are some items that may help pave the way for your family adventures off the beaten path.
Safe journey, Shelly Rivoli, author of the award-winning guide Travels with Baby The Ultimate Guide for Planning Trips with Babies, Toddlers, and Preschool-Age Children"
"Whether you share the family bed at home, or just camping when the temperature dips far below what you expected, a double sleeping bag will make it much easier to co-sleep and keep your littlest camper toasty. Flannel lining is warmer on entry and quieter in the night."
"A versatile tent that works for your family from birth through high school graduation. Can divide into 2 rooms when wanted, plenty of room for your child's travel bed, and to play games and pass the time in case of bad weather. Tall enough for Dad to stand. Eureka's quality zippers that stand up to kids!"
"Great for making a "tent within your tent" to help keep babies and small toddlers warm on chilly nights. Also very helpful for keeping bugs off baby while relaxing in the campsite and by the lake. Packs compactly and pops up in an instant."
"Excellent, sturdy but lightweight alternative to a pack 'n play, also helps create a "tent within your tent" to keep babies through 4-year-olds warmer on very cold nights camping (details in Travels with Baby: The Ultimate Guide book). Also useful in the campsite to help keep bugs off baby and shield from sun (use UV mesh top and/or drape with a beach towel for shade)."
"If you have much hiking in your family's future, consider the Poco, with easy adjusting for sharing between parents and greater comfort mid-hike, removable day pack, and great support. Can get helpful add-ons including a sun shield and weather cover that can make all the difference in your journeys."
"Sure, you'd like your child to drift off to the sounds of crickets or frogs. But when the rest of your crew is rousing round the campfire, or your neighbors in the next site over aren't ready to call it a night, you may be glad to have a portable sound machine on hand."
"When you wish you had a nightlight in your tent, use one of these. They also help small children feel more comfortable going to bed in the dark tent, and are helpful to have on your kids as they play in the campsite during evening hours."
"Serious sanity saver for camping with curious, roving young toddlers. Keeps 'em corralled while you set up tent, build fire, and pack up car. Doesn't keep 'em from digging in the dirt and having fun. Rinses clean at home."
"The safest way to store your family's water also works for juice--even "warm" chocolate on cold evenings in camp (let it cool first, non-insulated bottles will get too hot to touch). Use the 12 oz. bottle with sippy adapter for wee hikers. When they grow, it works with a grown-up cap."
"I LOVE this thermos. Use it for your child's water while hiking, or milk in camp. It really does help keep things cold as long as promised. The flip lid stays attached when open and keeps the straw clean when closed."
"Love ours (in red)! Replaced our back-country set when it no longer cut it for our family (of 5!). Has held up to campfires and woodstoves, and the non-stick surface is so helpful for clean up in campsites. Get good non-scraping utensils to use with it."
"Brilliantly designed tableware set for car camping trips. Includes lids for storage (and sippy), insulated sleeves for mugs, and color-coordinated to help keep track of whose cup is where... All fits together compactly for travel & storage."
"Don't let bad weather or bugs keep you from enjoying time in the campsite. This provides a semi-sheltered 12 x 12 zone to enclose your picnic table or camp chairs. Add your own tarp to the side if needed in rain (bring binder clips!)."
"Lightweight, breathable, with moisture-wicking headband and the all-important chin strap. SPF 30 protection. Note: This does NOT have built-in Insect Shield. Size small is for 1-3 yrs, M 3-6 yrs, L 6 - 12 yrs."