We took our first camping trip with the boys when they were 6 weeks old. Annually, we camp down at Springy Point in Sandpoint, Idaho. We didn't want to miss it. So, we packed up everything, and I mean EVERYTHING into our new (to us) trailer, and hit the road!
I am so glad that we upgraded from a camper to a trailer this past summer. Especially with two new babes, the extra space, and us all being on one level worked extremely well! In our trailer, each surface/bed/spot was designated to something baby related! The back bunks were for clothes, swaddles, towels, cloths, and dirty laundry. The bath tub housed boxes of diapers, wipes, and other toiletry necessities. The stovetop was used as a drying spot for all the bottles, soothers, soother clips, and toys. The dinette area stay folded down as a bed, where the boys slept, played, and had their diaper changing station. The couch was my nursing area, where I had pillows to prop the boys up, blankets (for those cold nights nursing at 4:00 a.m.), and the iPad (my best reading times were late night feeds). Then we have our "bedroom" area at the front, and that was just for our stuff, but occasionally, I put the boys on it to nap/rest/play.
After our first (pretty) successful trip to Springy, we camped several more times throughout the summer, and we got pretty good at packing up the babes and all their things. When I say successful, I was a 6 week Postpartum mom to twins who was still healing, herself from a c-section, and very very sleep deprived. I was a stress case about the heat and about following our little schedule and routine we had at home for the past month and awhile.
Anyways, I've compiled a list of things we brought that were super handy!
A WHOLE BOX OF DIAPERS: You never know how many diapers you will go through, and if you're out in the middle of nowhere, you don't want to be driving into town for more. Just bring the whole bloody box.
LOTS OF WIPES: Baby wipes are so handy, so like above, just bring them all!
HAND SANITIZER: If you're out camping, and don't have hookups, you might want this sanitizer for all those diaper changes you're doing! Of course, when you get to some water, wash those hands!!
A MINI CHANGE STATION: I bought a little bin from the dollar store and put in a few diapers, pack of wipes, Vaseline, hand sanitizer, and our little change pad ... then we could set up in the trailer, or put it just outside the trailer ... wherever! You're going to be there awhile, and I sure didn't want to be digging around in my diaper bag in the middle of the night!
HELP (FAMILY OR FRIENDS): Luckily, we were camping with fRamily! For our first time away from home, it was essential that we had help ... especially with two newborns! Lots of people around to snuggle babies so that mama and daddy can have a drink (or two, or three!). Who am I kidding, the most I drank back then was half a glass of wine. haha.
STROLLER: Our trip to Springy was the first time the boys used our Thule Chariot Cougar stroller. We had the infant inserts installed, ready to go. This stroller was amazing for camping. Made for rough terrain, our Chariot got us around the campsite and down to the beach, no problem! Also, The Chariot has tons of storage, so we often packed everything in the stroller!
BLANKETS: Lots of blankets! You need blankets for sleeping, blankets to lay down at the beach, blankets to lay down in your camping spot ... You can never have too many!
WINTER CLOTHING: Mornings and Evenings are cold while camping! We packed fleece pants and hoodies, toques, and lots of socks for the chilly times!
WHITE NOISE MACHINE: our boys make a lot of noise during the night, we got the sound machine to help put them to sleep/comfort them, plus drown out some of their grunts and other nighttime noises! Our white noise machine is the Sleep Sheep. We got it from Bumble Tree
BED RAIL: Newborns don't move around a ton in their bed, but Tim built a bed rail for the dinette, just in case. We positioned the boys too, so that their feet were near the edge, and their heads up by the wall/window. Then they could wiggle around sideways!
SHADE TENT: We have a huge shade tent that was great for the boys. We could even fit our playpen underneath! We could set this up on the beach and have a place for the boys to hang out and snooze, where they were protected from the heat and sun!
BABY SUNGLASSES/SUN HATS: there is nothing worse than people who worry about their own sun protection, but don't worry about their baby's! We had some great baby sunglasses and sun hats from Bumble Tree.
PACIFIER CLIPS: If your baby uses a soother, get a clip for it! Nothing worse than the baby constantly spitting out the soother and having to rinse it of! Speaking of rinsing off, we also had tons of bottled water for anything baby related that they might put in their mouth! No lake water, thanks!
MESH NET: The mesh netting was so great for protection from bugs! Because it was stretchy, we could stretch it over the playpen or their little vibrating chairs, so they could snooze away without the bugs! I believe we got a couple of these from Walmart.
ERGO BABY CARRIERS: We didn't use these until the boys were about 3 months old, and still had to use the infant inserts ... but they were great for getting through the Witching Hour and being hands free (so we could DRINK)!
LARGE RUBBERMAID BIN: for bathing!!
I think that's about it! What are your baby essentials for camping and traveling?! Let me know in the comment section below!
Thanks for stopping by,
MRS. + MAMA