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The Best Baby Gear for Camping
Updated on
March 8, 2024

The Best Baby Gear for Camping

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The Best Baby Gear for Camping

Are you the type of family who likes to take on the great outdoors? Your travel adventures don’t have to stop just because you have a baby or toddler in tow—you’ll just need the right gear.

To help you get out the door and into your next adventure as seamlessly as possible, I, Babylists’s newsletter editor, mom of two and resident outdoorswoman Alainna Wurfel, pulled together my favorite items to have on hand for outdoor excursions big and small.

In some cases, I recommend creative ideas for repurposing products you may already own (like the packing cubes I used to stay organized while backpacking along Europe’s 100-mile Tour du Mont Blanc, before kids). And in others, I have researched and tested goods specifically designed to keep your little one safe and happy out in the wild (like the wearable sleeping bag that kept my one-year-old cozy during a winter camping trip). There’s one item that didn’t make the list below that I also highly recommend: Ikea bags, for schlepping toys, snacks and other baby gear around.

Best Grab-and-Go Gear

Stash these items together so that you can easily find them for any adventure.

First-Aid Kit

Small boo-boos happen. Colorful bandages can make all the difference.
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Hopper Flip 18 Soft Cooler

This was originally for picnics, but these days, it holds breastmilk and refrigerated baby pouches everywhere we go.
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The Honest Company 
Baby Wipes

They're going to get messy out there—and you won't always have access to potable water. These baby wipes are gentle enough for hands and faces.
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Skip Hop 
Pronto Signature Changing Station

This compact clutch has taken up permanent residence in our trunk for on-the-go diaper changes.
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Babo Botanicals 
Sensitive Baby Mineral Sunscreen Lotion

Don't forget the SPF! We like this pediatrician-tested formula for our eczema-prone toddler.
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Mini Handheld Stroller Fan

I bought this to stay cool during labor and delivery, and now I strap it onto the stroller wagon when we're out on warm days.
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Best Gear for Camping with a Baby or Toddler

Pro tip: bring any nature-themed books your child loves, and point out their favorite illustrated flora and fauna IRL.

OmniBoost Travel Booster Seat with Tray for Baby

While camping on his first birthday, our son loved eating his meals in this by the lake, inside the tent and next to the campfire. The cover is washable, too.
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Hushh Portable Sound Machine

You might end up with rowdy neighbors in the tent next door. Even when it's quiet, Mother Nature can spook little ones. This helps.
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Morrison Outdoors 
Little Mo 20° Down Baby Sleeping Bag

When a sleep sack won't cut it during colder evening temps, these wearable sleeping bags—in baby and toddler sizes—are an outdoorsy parent's go-to.
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Guava Family 
Lotus Travel Crib & Play Yard

We love this travel crib's backpack straps! Our toddler loves crawling in and out of the side "door".
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REI Co-op 
Jetboil Flash Cooking System

If you're a frequent camper, there's a good chance you have this top-rated water heater for meal prep already. It's great for quickly heating water to warm bottles, too.
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Portable Fold Up Travel Activity Seat with Floor Pad

This is a safe, portable place for non-walkers to stand and play that keeps them contained while you're setting up camp.
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Baby Monitor

This battery-operated baby monitor = portable peace of mind (up to 1000 feet).
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Best Gear for Nature Walks & Hiking With a Baby or Toddler

If you have a walker, don’t forget to put them in durable, close-toed shoes.

Hyperlite Mountain Gear 

Organizing baby items into packing cubes makes finding what you need on the trail a breeze. Designed for serious backpacking, these are ultra lightweight and built to last.
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BOB Gear 
Revolution Flex 3.0 Single Jogging Stroller

This all-terrain jogging stroller glides smoothly over unpaved paths. When we flew with ours for a weekend of hiking in Colorado, we loved using it to haul our luggage from the car to check-in, too.
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REI Co-op 
Deuter Kid Comfort Child Carrier

Going somewhere not accessible by stroller? This hiking carrier ranks high in every category including fit, comfort and storage space.
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Busy Baby 
Toy Bungee & Tether

If your baby needs a toy or a teether while adventuring, there's a good chance they'll drop it in the dirt. Attach one end of this bungee to their toy and the other end to your carrier or stroller.
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Stainless Steel Vacuum Insulated Mug

This highly rated travel mug keeps liquids piping hot and doesn't leak. Bring one for your coffee, and one to hold warm water if you need to heat up a bottle on the trail. Cheers!
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Skin So Soft Bug Guard Plus Picaridin Towelettes

Bug repellent could mean the difference between an enjoyable trek and a disastrous one. These wipes are super convenient, baby-safe and won't spill in your day pack.
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Best Gear for a Picnic or Beach Trip

These nice-to-have items make al fresco family time a breeze.

All-Terrain Cruiser Wagon

The oversized wheels can tackle sand, snow and gravel, and you can even attach a car seat to this stroller wagon, making it adaptable for infants, toddlers and bigger kids.
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Pop 'N Go Playpen 
Premium Indoor and Outdoor Baby Playpen

Of all the beach tents we love, this one's the easiest to set up (and it's very lightweight).
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Maxi - Mickey Mouse Square

This mat may not look very outdoors-friendly, but it’s super portable, compact and can be hosed off.
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Best Gear for Flying with a Baby or a Toddler

Traveling far for your next adventure? Consider bringing these.

No Reception Club 
The Getaway Bag

We rated this the best travel diaper bag for good reason: more pockets than we can count.
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Omni 360 Cool Air Mesh Baby Carrier

If you're checking a jogging stroller, babywearing throughout the airport is the way to go. This one is lightweight, great for all climates and doubles as a great hiking carrier.
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Variety Box

Snacks can get messy, but these all-natural bars are wrapped with edible paper to keep the gooey goodness inside contained during your flight. They're great to bring on hikes, too.
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Alainna Wurfel

Senior Newsletter Editor

Alainna Wurfel is Babylist’s Senior Newsletter Editor, a role that combines her enthusiasm for discovering new parenting tips and great baby gear with her love for writing. When she’s not curating emails and creating content to support them, Alainna enjoys gardening, sewing and cooking. In past lives, she was an editor at The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal and Texas Monthly Magazine; and a marketing director at the design company Schumacher. She lives in Virginia with her husband and their two children.

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