Camping with Toddlers

 In Blog, Denver Tent Company

It’s never too soon to give your child the gift of nature and camping and being outdoors. The sooner you start, the more they will appreciate and continue to enjoy all the great things about exploring the wild and sleeping in tents. Camping with a toddler or small children can be a little tricky, so here’s a helpful list of tips and tricks to make your “camping with toddlers” experience a success for both the adult and the children.

Safety precautions

Screen Shot 2015-03-29 at 21.11.11Before going camping, talk to your children about the things you can expect to see and do. Talk about all the plants, trees, bushes, flowers, animals, insects and creepy crawlies you are likely to see while camping and teach your kid(s) not to touch anything without asking first. Don’t try to scare them when talking about how some plants can be poisonous and that some bugs bite and bonfires burn, but it is always good to be realistic and your child will understand more than you think. And it’s better to have an overly cautious child in the wild than a child covered in poison ivy the whole camping trip. Of course, accidents can happen to all of us, toddlers, children or adults, so it is beneficial to everyone that you have a fully stocked first aid kit with Band-Aids, antiseptic wipes and ointments for cuts, scrapes, rashes and burns.

Pack sunscreen and shadespider hangin on leaf

Even if you have the trees providing shade and cover from the sun you and your child will be exposed to the sun more than you think so be sure to pack lots of sunscreen for the children and some for the adults. If you plan on hiking, swimming or fishing, make sure to protect yourself and your family from the sun’s harmful rays. On the other hand, you’ll want to bring some sort of pop up tent or awning, along with blankets to cover the ground, giving your toddlers a shady place to play while the rest of you are splashing around in the river or waiting for the fish to bite.

Prepare for any weather

Never trust the weather reports. Pack lots of layers and be prepared for rain or shine. This also means

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packing a lot of toys, books and anything that will occupy the kids if the weather isn’t cooperating and you have to stay by the tent and your campsite all day. Having comfortable beds for the kids will also help. Leave the not so air tight mattresses to the adults.

Snacks for the kids

Packaging out food and snacks for your trip before you get to the campsite and having ziplock bags or little Tupperware all ready to go will save you time when you get to the campsites. And remember to bring lots of baby wipes as that will most likely be your primary source for wiping things down after use. Especially is you are camping off the grid.

At Denver Tent Company we make the best tents in the business, made from durable, natural materials and constructed right here in Denver, Colorado. If you want to take your whole family camping, invest in one of our flagship Colorado canvas wall tents that are big enough to fit your and you whole family, plus all the extra things you need to pack when camping with small children. Come check out our inventory of quality, American made sportsmen tents and camping equipment, and start your toddlers off camping in style. Once you’ve camped in a tent made by the Denver Tent Company, you’ll never want to camp in anything else!

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