Camping with Children
How young is too young? Camping can be enjoyed by kids of any age! Don’t wait until your children are pre-teens; you’ll miss out on some of the best years of family camping! Just like travelling anywhere else with your child, make sure you are prepared with everything you need.
Tips for Infants
- Bring a portable crib for them to sleep in securely.
- Many parks have wheel-chair accessible hiking trails perfect for strollers. An infant carrier is great for hiking when trails are more rugged.
- A portable playpen can be set up on your campsite.
- Look for campgrounds with flush toilets and showers.
- Do not apply bug spray containing DEET to children younger than six months: keep their skin covered (long sleeves) to avoid bug bites.
- Do not apply sunscreen to infants younger than 6 months: use a hat and keep them shaded.
- Be a good campground neighbour! If an infant becomes colicky at night-time (severe, persistent crying), a good tip is to calm baby down in your vehicle to avoid waking or disturbing your campground neighbours.
Tips for Toddlers and Children
Before the trip
- Pack foods they eat at home.
- Pack favourite items such as a toy, colouring book, or story book.
- Plan activities and games. (e.g., play games on the beach, attend a kids program).
At the campsite
- Identify hazards, campsite boundaries, and clearly explain rules and camp life. Walk the campsite boundary with them and tell them they can only cross the boundary if they are with an adult.
- Give each child their very own flashlight and whistle for safety. Ensure they keep the whistle with them and only use it in an emergency.
- Don’t forget normal routine (e.g., naps, snacks) done at home.