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
- Hat with a brim
- Waterproof rain suit
- Shoes or booties
- Hat and gloves
- Swimsuit or swim diaper
- 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
- 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
- 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
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
Did I miss anything? Let me know in the comments section below.
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