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Camping with Babies & Toddlers

Shelly Rivoli "Author of the award-winning Travels with Baby guidebooks and blog"
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"
Slumberjack Bonnie & Clyde 30/40 Degree Double Sleeping Bag
Slumberjack Bonnie & Clyde 30/40 Degree Double Sleeping Bag
"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."
EUREKA! Copper Canyon 8 - 2 Room - 8 Person Tent
EUREKA! Copper Canyon 8 - 2 Room - 8 Person Tent
"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!"
KidCo Peapod Portable Bed - Sunshine
KidCo Peapod Portable Bed - Sunshine
"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."
phil&teds Portable Traveller Crib, Silver
phil&teds Portable Traveller Crib, Silver
"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)."
Osprey Packs Poco - Premium Child Carrier
Osprey Packs Poco - Premium Child Carrier
"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."
Cloud b On The Go Travel Sound Machine Soother, Sleep Sheep
Cloud b On The Go Travel Sound Machine Soother, Sleep Sheep
"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."
Coleman Tent Light
Coleman Tent Light
"Sure you have flashlights. But when your curious toddler can't leave them alone, you might be glad to have this strapped to the tent, out of reach. Also puts the light where it's most helpful."
Beam n Read LED 6 Deluxe Hands-Free Light; Extra Wide & Extra Bright Light from 6 LEDs Plus Clip-on Orange and Red Relaxation Filters [2013]
Beam n Read LED 6 Deluxe Hands-Free Light; Extra Wide & Extra Bright Light from 6 LEDs Plus Clip-on Orange and Red Relaxation Filters [2013]
"Love this bigger/brighter new version of the Beam N Read. Lights a wider footpath, good for reading bedtime books in the tent or maps in the car, cooking and navigating camp site after dusk."
Beam n Read Classic Hands-Free Reading Light
Beam n Read Classic Hands-Free Reading Light
"So much more useful than a flashlight or head lamp! Hold two little hands walking to the camp potty at night, lighting the foot path for you all. The strap lets you suspend through your tent loop."
100 10" Glow Sticks Bracelets Assorted Colors
100 10" Glow Sticks Bracelets Assorted Colors
"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."
North States Superyard Play Yard, Grey, 6 Panel (Discontinued by Manufacturer)
North States Superyard Play Yard, Grey, 6 Panel (Discontinued by Manufacturer)
"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."
Sunshine Kids Sun Net Car Seat Cover, White (Discontinued by Manufacturer) (Discontinued by Manufacturer)
Sunshine Kids Sun Net Car Seat Cover, White (Discontinued by Manufacturer) (Discontinued by Manufacturer)
"Turns your baby's car seat into a bug-free, sun-free zone allowing you to make good use of the car seat in camp and by the lake. Also helpful for picnicking where yellow jackets may be a nuisance."
Philips AVENT Non Spill Soft Spouts (Discontinued by Manufacturer)
Philips AVENT Non Spill Soft Spouts (Discontinued by Manufacturer)
"Use with the sippy adapter and Kid Kanteen."
Klean Kanteen Stainless Steel Water Bottle
Klean Kanteen Stainless Steel Water Bottle
"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."
THERMOS FOOGO Vacuum Insulated Stainless Steel 10-Ounce Straw Bottle, Blue/Yellow
THERMOS FOOGO Vacuum Insulated Stainless Steel 10-Ounce Straw Bottle, Blue/Yellow
"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."
Coleman 2 Burner Dual Fuel Compact Liquid Fuel Stove
Coleman 2 Burner Dual Fuel Compact Liquid Fuel Stove
"Ready to cook up family-size meals (or coffee and eggs at the same time!) and stand up to years of camping trips."
Coleman 6-Piece Family Cook Set
Coleman 6-Piece Family Cook Set
"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."
GSI Outdoors Infinity 4 Person Deluxe Table Set
GSI Outdoors Infinity 4 Person Deluxe Table Set
"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."
Eureka! Breezeway - Screen House
Eureka! Breezeway - Screen House
"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!)."
Quantum Buzzaway, Extreme Spray, 4-Ounce
Quantum Buzzaway, Extreme Spray, 4-Ounce
"Another DEET-free repellent we've used with good results. This one has a slightly cedar-ish scent."
Buzz Away Insect Repellent Towelettes, Extreme, 12 Count Package
Buzz Away Insect Repellent Towelettes, Extreme, 12 Count Package
"Love these individually wrapped towelettes, very handy to keep a few in the outside pocket of your day pack for surprises and touch-ups along your hike."
Bite Blocker Insect Repellent - Herbal Lotion Waterproof Repellent 4oz - Insect Repellent
Bite Blocker Insect Repellent - Herbal Lotion Waterproof Repellent 4oz - Insect Repellent
"The DEET-free mosquito-repellent lotion is a nice alternative to spray for use on babies."
Outdoor Research Kids Helios Sun Hat Bug Protection
Outdoor Research Kids Helios Sun Hat Bug Protection
"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."
Travels with Baby: The Ultimate Guide for Planning Travel with Your Baby, Toddler, and Preschooler
Travels with Baby: The Ultimate Guide for Planning Travel with Your Baby, Toddler, and Preschooler
"More tips and planning advice for camping with babies and small children, including tips for back-country camping--yes, even with children in diapers!"