Baby camping gear is way easier to snag than you think

Whether you prefer to rough it or go glamping, with the right gear and a little preparation, camping with a baby can be a fun and memorable experience for the whole family. No, really! There are just a few things to keep in mind before diving in. Before heading out on your adventure, do some research and find a campsite that is baby-friendly. Look for a location that offers easy access to running water, clean restrooms, and a nearby store in case you need to pick up any essentials. But, with our list of baby camping gear, you should have most of your essentials ready to go!

From the best all-terrain strollers to swimming diapers and more, we’ve put together a list of go-tos for your first camping adventure with your little one. There’s a chance you’ve thought of some of these, but we think we’ve got some surprise winners you’ll love! No matter how you’re defining camping—a cabin, a tent, an RV, or just a day hiking, these are tried-and-true baby camping gear essentials so you’re always as prepared as possible!


Graco/Amazon

Graco Modes Adventure Stroller Wagon

$450 BUY NOW

Babies need a lot of gear to go just about anywhere. Haul it all in an all-terrain wagon. This one comes with harnesses and a sun shade so it's great for hauling babies, too!


Kelty/Amazon

Basecamp Tent

$125 BUY NOW

Every family needs somewhere to call home, even while camping. This lightweight tent is easy to put together and has enough room to comfortably fit a baby and parents.


Carter's

Baby Buckle Jelly Sandals

$12 BUY NOW

If you've got a little one who's testing out their walking skills, don't let being in the great outdoors stop them (as long as you're supervising, of course)! These ultra-cute sandals from Carter's are perfect for slipping on and off and they wipe clean in a snap. *Sale Alert! Up to 50% off Carter's shoes from 4/9-4/17!*


OXO/Amazon

OXO Good Grips 3-Piece Water Bottle Cleaning Set

$12 BUY NOW

Washing bottles and dishes while camping takes a little more elbow grease. This bottle and dish cleaner set helps you get both clean no matter how much dirt is caked on. All pieces store together compactly on an included ring!


Nageuret swim diaper
Beau & Belle Littles/Amazon

Swim Diaper by Nageuret

$17 BUY NOW

A good camper leaves no trace behind—that includes diapers. This reusable swim diaper is perfect for dips in the lake. It's adjustable and machine-washable so it'll last!


Kelty tarp - camping with kids
Kelty/Amazon

Sun Shelter by Kelty

$50 BUY NOW

If shade is hard to come by, bring your own! This sun shelter will protect your baby's sensitive skin no matter how brightly the sun is shining.


Amazon

Folding Chair by hiccapop

$40 BUY NOW

Even babies need somewhere to sit when camping. Keep yours happy and contained in this small, light folding camping chair that doubles as a high chair! It even has a pocket on the back to store bibs, wipes and other small baby supplies.


Peapod Plus Travel Bed by KidCo.

$112 BUY NOW

This travel bed is perfect for camping since it has a built-in insect screen and sunshade. It's small enough to fit inside a family tent, which means everyone can sleep soundly and safely!


Yinmo playpen - camping with kids
POP N' GO/Amazon

POP N' GO Portable Playpen

$150 BUY NOW

Every baby needs a safe place to hang out while their parents set up tent. This playpen is large enough for multiple kids, is incredibly light and comes with a removable sunshade to protect baby's sensitive skin!


Grabease/Amazon

All Over Bib by Grabease

$27 BUY NOW

Chances are you're not packing a ton of extra baby clothes while camping. With this all-over bib in tow, you don't have to! Plus, it's easy to wipe, making clean-up after camping a breeze no matter how messy your baby may be in the wild.


Athleta

Trekkie Parachute Pant

$129 BUY NOW

Just because you're camping with a baby doesn't mean you have to feel frumpy or uncomfortable! These wrinkle-resistant pants will keep you cool, dry quickly, pack light and won't easily rip or stain. Plus, they're ultra-chic (just like everything Athleta does!).


Deuter/Amazon

Child Carrier by Deuter

$280 BUY NOW

This carrier is designed to keep both little passengers and their grown-ups comfy. It's well-padded, ventilated, and highly adjustable. As a bonus, it has tons of pockets so parents can haul snacks and sippy cups while remaining hands-free!


Snapper Rock/Amazon

Rash Guard Swim Set by Snapper Rock

$59 BUY NOW

Keep your baby's skin protected from the sun while swimming with an adorable rash guard set! This shirt and swim trunk combo has UPF sun protection built in and is quick-drying.


Outdoor Research/Amazon

Sun Runner Cap by Outdoor Research

$18 BUY NOW

Nothing will ruin a trip more quickly than a sunburned and cranky baby. This hat provides protection for your wee one's ears and neck. It has UPF 50+ sun protection and a moisture-wicking sweatband. This is a great choice for any kid who won't tolerate sunscreen or whose hair hasn't fully grown in yet!


BOB Gear/Amazon

All Terrain Stroller by BOB Gear

$560 BUY NOW

Camping with a baby probably means you need to navigate some uneven terrain. This multisport stroller can handle it all. Plus, padded interior and air-filled tires mean it's comfy for both little ones and their parents. Also, the canopy is 100 percent waterproof, windproof, and rated UPF 50+ to shield your kiddo from the elements


Gregory hiking backpack
Gregory/Amazon

Backpacking Pack by Gregory

$210 BUY NOW

When you camp with a baby you're packing for two (or more)! Get a camping backpack that can handle everything you need. Gregory's backpacks are built with comfort in mind. Many have ventilated back panels and customizable fits. They're made to last so your baby might find themselves using the same pack for their first solo trip.


KURU

Atom Trail Sneakers by KURU

$160 BUY NOW

Camping with a baby or toddler means a lot of time on your feet. Whether you are carrying your little one or running after them, you need a shoe that can handle any almost any terrain and keep you stable. The Atom Trail from KURU will keep you on your toes!


Whisper Light camping stove - camping with kids
Amazon/MSR

Camping Stove from WhisperLite

$200 BUY NOW

After a long day of hiking or hanging out by the river, you deserve a hot meal! This lightweight camping stove works well even for backpackers. It heats water quickly and makes roughing it a little less rough.


Kelty galactic blanket - camping with kids
Kelty/Amazon

Galactic Down Blanket by Kelty

$65 BUY NOW

Is this the best camping blanket in the galaxy? This down blanket packs up well in its own stuff sack. It works well as a traditional blanket to keep you and your babe toasty or under sleeping bags to ensure the cold ground won't mess with anyone's shut-eye in the wild.


Keen sandals - camping with kids
KEEN/Amazon

Kids Waterproof Shoes from KEEN

$21+ BUY NOW

Keen Footwear is legendary because they make shoes and sandals that are truly waterproof while offering the support and stability you need to hike, climb, and play! That makes them the perfect camping companion for adventurous kids and their grown-ups.


GCI Outdoor/Amazon

Rocking Chair from GCI

$58 BUY NOW

This camping chair is great for families because it's not just a place to sit, it's also a rocking chair! It's a fold-flat chair that packs up easily and is the perfect place to read a bedtime story under the stars.

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