10 Essential Tips for Camping with Babies!

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  1. Sleeping arrangements for a baby in an RV can be tough.  Most RV beds and bunks are designed for older kids.  If you have an area for a pack-n-play, that may be your best option.  If not, consider converting one of your lower bunk beds into a crib.  We built this crib/ladder combo in our Sunnybrook.  However you decide to make sleeping arrangments, consider a test-run one night in your yard a few weeks/days before you go.  If it doesn’t go well you’ll be glad you have time to rethink things!Screen Shot 2018-03-27 at 9.10.10 PM
  2. Large outdoor rug, beach tent, and a pack-n-play are a must!  Our little guy spends the majority of our trips outside.  Honestly, the large outdoor rug under the awning is our biggest must-have.Screen Shot 2018-03-27 at 9.13.11 PM.png
  3. No room for highchair! A conventional high chair wouldn’t be very practical for weight and space.  We found that the boppy on the picnic table outside or on the floor of the camper worked great for us!  I’ve also seen a few products online that are foldable camping high chairs.Screen Shot 2018-03-27 at 9.21.22 PM.png
  4. Squeezable pouches are a must.  Since it seems like we are always on the move while camping, we’ve become a huge fan of this convenience!Screen Shot 2018-03-27 at 9.23.39 PM.png
  5. Pack your baby food/formula before leaving.  After traveling all day or side-of-the-road stops, the last thing you’ll want to do is drive around for hours looking for that special formula.  We generally wait to stock our RV with groceries but baby food and formula are too important to wait.  Screen Shot 2018-03-27 at 9.34.00 PM.png
  6. Bring plenty of fresh bottled water.  Don’t trust campground water for your babies water or bottles.  Your hot water heater can get a lot of fungal growth, not to mention the water lines potentially have risidual anti-freeze from last winter.  For this reason it’s worth the piece of mind to use quality water.  Since you aren’t using the hot water, consider packing the bottle warmer as well.Screen Shot 2018-03-27 at 9.42.58 PM.png
  7. Pack extra clothes, burp rags, and washable bibs.  Unless you want to drive or walk to the laundromat every two days, you’ll probably want to bring some extra clothes.  You’ll be surprised how quickly you go through things and how much you miss a full-size washing machine!                                                                                                                   Screen Shot 2018-03-27 at 9.48.50 PM.png
  8. Plan baths around the design of your RV.  Luckily our camper has a tub so bath time is really easy.  All we needed was a bath mat for the slick floor but many RV’s only have showers.  If this is your case, consider bringing a baby bath tub or seat and configure the shower wand so it will reach.           Screen Shot 2018-03-27 at 9.53.23 PM.png
  9. Don’t forget the noise machine (and night light).  Campgrounds should be peaceful and tranquil but unfortunately there is always the chance you be camped next to some yappy dogs or the guy with the diesel that decides to leave at 4 am.  It’s also nice to get some adult time in the evenings without having to be quiet!  If you forget it at home, don’t panic, your A/C on fan mode should do the trick!Screen Shot 2018-03-27 at 9.59.27 PM.png
  10. Bring your sense of adventure and don’t sweat the small stuff.  There is no way you’ll ever have all the modern conveniences of home.  Learning to make do with what you have and improvising is the true spirit of camping!



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