5 Tips for Camping with Your Baby

Vacations are never cheap, but once you start adding little ones to the mix everything gets more expensive. Whether it’s an additional plane ticket, extra food on the road, or more spacious accommodations, you might be looking for ways to cut vacation costs without having to cut the fun. One easy way to save money when you’re vacationing is to choose camping over staying at a pricey hotel. Most vacation destinations have excellent camping resorts and, in addition to saving some serious money, you’ll also be creating memories that will last a lifetime. If you’re trying out camping with your baby this summer, check out these tips for making sure you have a smooth experience.

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Look for reputable campgrounds

While camping is a great way to spend time with family, not all campgrounds are created equal. Before you go, do a little brainstorming about how rugged you want your experience to be and do some research to find a campground that’s a good fit for your family. Some campgrounds provide little more than a flat spot for popping your tent while others come full of fantastic amenities like swimming pools, kids activities, and watersports.

Bring safe sleep with you

If you have a baby, you probably have safe sleep on your mind. Instead of counting on your little one to snuggle into a sleeping bag, chose to bring safe sleep with you in the format of a safe co-sleeper (placed on a clear, flat surface) or, if you have the room, a portable crib your babe can snooze safely in.

Brainstorm essentials

While packing with kids is never easy (babies have a lot of gear!) packing for camping can be a little more challenging since forgetting something essential means you’ll be driving into town rather than popping into the hotel shop to pick it up. Think about a typical day and what your baby needs to eat, bathe, sleep, and play comfortably and add those things to your packing list. You’ll also want to be sure to bring along a well-stocked first aid kit and things like bug repellent and sunscreen since you’ll be spending a lot of time outdoors.

Plan for nighttime fun

Once your little one is asleep you and your partner will have plenty of time to yourself. Plan for some evening fun by packing board games or a few good books and you won’t miss the hotel TV at all!

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Ease in

If you’re interested in camping but worried about the logistics, consider easing into camping with a glamping experience. More rustic than a hotel, but not as rustic as tent camping, glamping sites often offer cabins with electricity, comfortable beds, and private bathrooms, all nestled nicely in nature.

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5 Tips for Camping with Your Baby

Julia Pelly has a master's degree in public health and works full time in the field of positive youth development. Julia loves hiking after work, swimming during the summer and taking long, cuddly afternoon naps with her two sons on the weekends. Julia lives in North Carolina, with her husband and two young boys. You can find more of her work at JuliaPelly.com ... More

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