So you want to go camping with your kids, but you’re not sure what kind of gear to buy. How will they sleep? Do they need a kid-sized sleeping bag? Chairs? Potty?
We’ve been hanging out with our kids in the woods since the youngest was just over 1-year-old. While we missed the whole tiny-infant-in-a-tent stage, we dove in during one that was slightly harder — giant baby who can sprint off while you’re not looking.
So what do you pack? Here’s my thoughts.
How much room do you have?
Depending on the age of your child you could bring All The Things with you on your camping trip. My rule of thumb is this: the more comfortable the kid, the happier he is — and the happier the kid, the happier the parents. I want my camping trip to be as relaxing as possible. That is not a thing if my kid is crying.
One of the reasons we bought our truly giant tent, the REI Kingdom 8, is because it comfortably fits cots for everyone. And when our youngest was little, it also fit a pack-and-play crib without any problem.