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Baby Camping Checklist (Printable)

baby camping checklist

You actually don’t need that many extra items to go camping with a baby.  However, the items you do need are really important.  Forgetting a single item like a changing pad or pacifier clip could completely mess up your camping trip.  This baby camping list will ensure you don’t forget anything.


  • This baby camping checklist is in addition to the items you normally need to bring camping (tent, headlamps, pots, utensils, etc.). You can find that checklist here.
  • Some of these baby camping items are optional (like a chair or playpen) but will make your trip easier and more enjoyable.
  • If you need advice, see these 21 tips for camping with a baby

*Click here for a printable version of the baby camping checklist*


Baby Sleep Items

  • Tent: You may want to upgrade to a larger tent with more headroom
  • Sleeping bag: See best baby sleeping bags for camping here
  • Sleeping pad: Ideally with an R-value of 3 or higher
  • Baby camping bed: Optional but nice to have. See best camping baby beds here.
  • Leak catcher: Like a waterproof pad to put under your baby in the sleeping bag
  • Pillow: I just use a folded fleece jacket

*Not sure about the sleep setup? Read How to sleep in a tent with a baby


Camping Clothes for Baby

*Don’t forget to bring backups!

  • Breathable base layers
  • Short-sleeved onesies
  • Long-sleeved onesies or shirts
  • Stretchy pants
  • Hoodies or sweaters
  • Jacket
  • Hat with a brim
  • Waterproof rain suit
  • Pajamas
  • Socks
  • Shoes or booties
  • Hat and gloves
  • Swimsuit or swim diaper


Feeding Items

  • Bibs or smocks
  • Bottles: Bring enough for one day so you don’t have to constantly clean them
  • Bottle sterilizing supplies: Like sterilizing tablets or a stove + fuel
  • Baby food: Choose pouches instead of jars.
  • Bowls and spoons
  • Sippy cups
  • Disposable bottle inserts
  • Bottled water or water purifier
  • Pacifier + clip and case: The clip and case keep the pacifiers from getting too dirty


Diapering Items

  • Diapers: Calculate about 7-13 per day, depending on your baby (it’s better to have more than not enough!)
  • Unscented baby wipes
  • Non-scented barrier cream
  • Diaper rash cream
  • Changing mat
  • Diaper pail with lid
  • Sealable bags: for carrying dirty diapers until you can throw them away


Health and Hygiene Items

  • Bathtub
  • Towels
  • Biodegradable, non-scented soap
  • Wash cloths
  • Rope: For making a clothes line
  • Hand sanitizer (for you, not the baby): To clean your hands after diaper changes if you can’t get to a sink
  • Toothbrush and paste
  • Plastic bags for trash and dirty clothes
  • Sunblock or UV-protective clothing
  • Baby-safe bug spray
  • Mosquito net or tent
  • Nail clippers


First aid items for baby

*See my picks for best camping first aid kits here

  • Baby fever medicine + measuring syringe
  • Saline solution in little ampules: You might need this for cleaning your baby’s eyes or nose
  • Cotton balls
  • Antihistamine: In case of allergic reaction it can buy you time until you get to a hospital
  • Teething ring and/or gel

These saline ampules are really useful for cleaning dirt out of baby’s eyes!


Other Baby Camping Gear

*See our picks for best baby camping gear here.

  • Hiking carrier: Read about hiking carriers here
  • Trail-friendly stroller: Like these best off-road strollers
  • Baby chair: See these best baby camping chairs
  • Portable playpen: This is very useful once your baby starts crawling. It also keeps your baby off the ground so insects and animals can’t get to her.
  • Tent lantern: Preferably with a red light option so you don’t blind your baby during nighttime feedings and changes.
  • Extra batteries: You’ll use more batteries than normal when camping with a baby
  • Carabiner: For attaching the lantern to the tent, toys to the playpen, etc.
  • Toys/comfort items
  • Shade tent or tarp
  • Breastfeeding chair for mom
  • Infant life jacket: If you will be doing any water activities


The Alite Mayfly 2 chair is really lightweight at 1lb 10oz. It is great for putting baby or for nursing in. Buy it here.


Did I miss anything? Let me know in the comments section below.

*Get the baby camping checklist printable Here*

Image credit: “First camping adventure” (CC BY 2.0) by vastateparksstaff
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About the author /

Diane Vukovic grew up camping and backpacking in upstate New York. Now, she takes her own daughters on wilderness adventures so they can connect with nature and learn resiliency. With dozens of trips under her belt, Diane is an expert in minimalist camping, going lightweight, planning, and keeping her kids entertained without screens.

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