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Nuventure Travels – Living Life on the Road

Nuventure Travels – Living Life on the Road

Ever wonder what it’s like to live life on the road? Through our business we were able to connect with a nomad couple, Lindsey and Adam Nubern from Nuventure Travels. They have traveled the world and are now ready to start their new adventure of parenthood.

How did you come up with the name Nuventures?

My husband Adam and I were preparing to leave it all and travel the world. We were out to breakfast one morning and dreaming up names for a blog to share our travels with our family and friends. Our last name is Nubern and we were excited about all the new adventures we were about to have, so we landed on #nuventures (Nubern + Adventures = Nuventures)

What made you decide to start this adventure?

Even while dating, Adam and I have always dreamed of traveling the world together long-term. So when we got married in 2012, the day we got back from our honeymoon and our finances were combined, we created a budget to live off half of our income and save the other half to travel the world with.

In Spring 2014, three things happened in a short amount of time that reminded us life is too short and it was “go time.” Adam lost his job, a friend totalled our truck (thankfully, our friend was okay), and a family member passed away. Also, we felt our finances were ready. Between 2012 and 2014, we paid off all of our student loans and car loans, we saved a $15K emergency fund, and we saved up $31K to travel with. With all of these happenings and our financial situation, we felt like it was time to go for it.

In June 2014, we officially took off and have been traveling ever since. We started roadtripping the USA for four months in our Honda Accord and tent, then we went to Hawaii for a month, campervanned New Zealand for 5 months, then backpacked Southeast Asia for 6 months. When we returned back to the USA, we bought a Casita Travel Trailer to continue traveling the USA for two more years (you may have seen us buying our Casita on HGTV’s Tiny House Hunter’s). We also took four months and backpacked Europe. Now, we basecamp out of our home in Colorado and Airbnb our home when we’re out traveling.

How to you connect with others while on the road?

Being on the road, even with your significant other, can be exciting but also lonely since you’re in new places all the time. At first, we connected with other full time RVers on Instagram and in RV Facebook groups. However, those friendships only go so far in likes and comments.

Then, we were invited into a mastermind group of three other nomadic couples that met every other week in a video chat. That group was a game changer! It was so refreshing to relate and build friendships with other couples who understood our lifestyle, our dreams, and our challenges. As a group, we decided to share this awesome experience with others and now we’ve started an online community called Nomad Collab for nomadic couples to build friendships with each other and share resources and encouragement to build and sustain this nomadic lifestyle together. Through Nomad Collab, we’re meeting so many more like-minded couples doing awesome things! They’re so inspiring!

How Do You Make Money while on the road?

Adam has built his own CPA firm to help nomads with their taxes and accounting at Nuventure CPA and I blog on Nuventure Travels and is am an author of 501 Questions: A Travel Game, How to Buy a Campervan in New Zealand: Your Step-by-Step Guide, and a children’s book called Putih the Traveling Pelican.

You can find 501 Questions: A Travel Game in the Out of the Box Camping Fall Box. It’s is a great way to connect with family and friend while on the road or around the campfire and is fun for all ages.

Now that you are starting a family how will your travels change?

Starting a family and bringing a little boy into our family is a brand spankin’ #nuventures and we are totally heading into the unknown. We’re going to take it one day at a time. However, we want to bring our little boy into our family and include him in this nomadic lifestyle we have going. But, how our travels look may change. The pace will probably be slower and our day to day will change based on a new schedule with him. But our plan is to get out as soon as possible with him in our camper in Colorado and we hope to travel Europe with him next summer.

Any advice to other couples that are planning to start a family will on the road?

For other couples planning to start a family on the road, we say- do it and let’s figure out this new adventure together! We are so excited to be parents and share the world with this little boy and there are so many families trail blazing for us that have been so encouraging in both Nomad Collab and in the Facebook Group @FullTimeFamilies! If they can figure it out, we can too! On our travels, we’ve learned that life is full of seasons and in every season, it’s really important to be intentional and have folks around you that get you, can support you, and encourage you, and you do the same. So if you’re considering starting a family and being nomadic, please reach out and we can figure this out together!

What is your favorite place or campground to visit?

We did a month-long camping trip around Colorado this summer and Colorado blew us away! Our favorite campground is a boondocking spot called Shavano Wildlife Management Area near Salida and Buena Vista, Colorado. It’s free and you have 360 degree views of mountains and the starry nights are spectacular. It’s only 2.5 hours from our home and it this area feels like our second home now.

We boondock a lot, so we cannot live without our Renogy Solar Panel

Lindsey Nubern

It has been so inspiring to learn more about Adam and Lindsey and their travels. I can only hope to see as much of the world as they have. You can follow their adventures on Facebook and Instagram. Do you currently travel full-time or dream of starting a nomadic lifestyle? I’d love to hear about your journey in the comments.

4 Things to Do This Fall Camping Season

4 Things to Do This Fall Camping Season

Let me start off by saying fall is my favorite season! I live in the Northeast, so the crisp cool air and colors of the changing leaves are magical. So of course fall is also my favorite camping season. What could be better than grabbing your favorite hoodie and sitting by the warm campfire to keep warm? You don’t think so? Check out some of our ideas on how to make fall your favorite camping season too!

 

1. Take Advantage of Discounted Rates at Campgrounds

After labor day the kids go back to school and rates at campgrounds are usually considered off season. If you have young kids (or no kids at all) take advantage of the lower rates and warm days to book a weekday vacation. It’s a great time to visit the coast as there are less crowds but the ocean is still warmer then if you were visit it in the beginning of the season. If your kids have already started school book a weekend getaway to extend your camping season, just because summer is over with, doesn’t mean your camping adventures have to end.

 

2. Try a New Recipe

With a new season, comes new flavors! A variety of fruits and vegetables are in season in the fall, including apples, pumpkins, celery, and cranberries. Fall is a great time to try a new casserole recipe or make a one pot meal in your Instant Pot or Crockpot. Here are some great recipes to try at the campground:

 

3. Go For a Hike

Fall days are generally cooler and a great time to hike. Break out your hiking gear and check out of some of these amazing destinations to see the beautiful fall foliage:

Don’t see a hike listed for your state? Download the All Trails app to find local hikes in your area which are rated by ease. For those with little ones, I also love Hike It Baby, you can meet up with other moms and their little ones and hike together in your local community.

 

4. Sit By the Campfire

My favorite thing to do when camping! I feel like the best memories are made by the campfire. My husband I have talked about our goals, had many laughs with friends, and cuddled with our babies. You can enjoy watching the flickering flames or try one of these campfire activities:

  • Read a book
  • Play a game
  • Enjoy a glass of wine
  • Cook a new recipe (see #2 above)
  • Listen to your favorite music
The Out of the Box Camping Fall Box includes all the products you need to do all of those things and fully enjoy your time Around the Campfire!

Want more Fall Camping ideas and inspiration? Download our free Fall Camping Guide or check out our Fall Camping Pinterest Board. I would love to know, what’s your favorite fall camping activity?

Make Camp Cooking Easier with Pantry to Plate

Make Camp Cooking Easier with Pantry to Plate

I don’t know about you but I’m always looking for ways to make dinners easier. In our Summer Box we included a Camp Cooking Guide created by Pantry to Plate (formerly Simply Suppers) to help you do just that. We spoke with the owner of Pantry to Plate, Stephanie, to learn more about how her business helps busy families get dinner on the table whether you are at home or at camp.

Tell us about the Services You Provide

I help busy moms bring their families together for dinner more often. Our Pantry to Plate meal guides provide subscribers with a full plan to make eight meals every month. I take all of the great tips, tricks and hacks you have seen and thought “I should do that” and put them in a step-by-step guide so subscribers don’t have to put those puzzle pieces together.

That means subscribers don’t have to search for recipes, try to figure out what dishes go together and figure out the timing to get everything on the table at the same time. You don’t have make grocery lists or do a bunch of meal planning. My recipes are always written as a step-by-step for how to make a full meal, and use healthy shortcuts (real food, not junk) to make it easier to feed your family. I also include fun conversation starters for every meal and ways to get your family involved. And, I promise no meal prep marathons – because who has time for that, anyway?

What made you decide to start this business?

I am truly passionate about families eating together more often. Many research studies have shown that it’s better for every member of the family. This includes academics, behavioral issues, stress management and overall health. Research studies also show that families are eating together less and less. In fact, in the 1960s the average family meal was 90 min, now it’s just 12 min. And for the first time in history, families spend more money on dining out than they do on groceries.

When I talked to moms about why their families don’t eat together more, I heard over and over again that it was basically an issue of having time to plan and time to cook. Moms want fast, delicious recipes, real food, easy to shop for ingredients, and they want to use the different hacks and tips they see on Pinterest or Food Network, but they just don’t have time to put it all together.  Pantry to Plate is here to help families eat together more often by removing those barriers.

We love working with business owners that are also campers. Tell us more about your camping experience.

I grew up an only child with a single dad in the military, and my paternal grandparents raising me as much as my dad did.  He didn’t have a lot of money or time to do more traditional “vacations” with me, so we camped – in a tiny green and yellow pup tent (anyone who camped through the 80’s knows the exact tent I’m talking about!)  We ate MREs (Meals Ready to Eat, thank you Air Force) and hobo packets, swam in lakes and just had fun.

My husband also grew up most of his young life with his mom being single and his grandparents very involved, not having a lot of money, and camped with them as a child.  When we got together, our first vacation ever was camping on Martha’s Vineyard. He bought what I thought was an obscenely expensive and huge tent….little did I know we would camp in that thing for 12 summers!!! We camped in that tent through storms, with friends, and with both of our sons from them being tiny babies through ages 4 and 6. Getting away to camp saved our sanity during the economic crash in 2008-2009 and has brought us closer together as a family. This year we got a camper!  It’s been so much fun and we have a lot more fun planned.

What is your favorite place or campground to visit?

We LOVE the southwest, specifically Sedona, AZ. We got married there and it is our happy place, but we have never camped there!  It’s on the list.  As far as camping goes, we’re figuring that out. Since we have mostly tent camped, we really loved the state parks in Wisconsin (it’s a great system), but now that we have a camper we are checking out private campgrounds, too, and learning what’s a good fit for us.

What item can you not live without when camping?

This is a hard one – I think I could give up almost anything if I’m camping. Maybe the campfire… I can’t go a single day/night without a campfire while we are camping, and we actually scope out fire pits to decide if a site or campground will work for us. This is also a reason why camping in the southwest hasn’t happened yet – pretty restrictive on fires!

What’s your favorite camping meal?

Campfire Chicken Tikka Masala. It’s just so flavorful. It’s amazing. This recipe is included in the Camping Guide that’s in the Summer Camp Kitchen Box.

What’s your best camp cooking tip/hack?

Do all the prep work for your first night’s meal before you arrive so all you have to do is let it cook. Even though we have a camper now, there’s still set-up involved and it’s so much less stressful not to have to worry about when we are going to eat or having time to do prep.  And setting up while hangry is never a good idea!  We have our go-to first night meal, which is pizza logs, and now it’s a tradition that everyone loves.

You can find more information about Pantry to Plate on Facebook, Instagram and Pinterest. You can also get a preview of what Pantry to Plate has to offer with by downloading their July Pantry to Plate Guide free! We always love to find new meals to make. What’s your favorite go-to camp meal? Share the recipe or a link in the comments.

Tips for Renting Your RV

Tips for Renting Your RV

Did you know that there are websites (i.e. RVshare, Outdoorsy) that easily allow you to rent out your RV when it’s not in use? I know I meet a lot of people that complain that they just don’t get to camp enough. If that’s the case for you, this is a great way for you to make money from your RV. You can use the money to pay the payments on your camper or save for your next trip. Here’s what you need to know:

 

RVshare

We recently started renting out our travel trailer on RVshare and have good experiences so I wanted to share what we learned. First of all for those that don’t know, RVshare is a website where you can list your RV for free for prospective renters to view. Renters will contact you through the site via email requesting a quote or more information on renting your RV for their chosen dates.

Pros

  • Features insurance coverage, ID verification of renters, and Roadside assistance which gives us peace of mind when renting.
  • Quick online deposits through Stripe made directly to your bank account within days of rental.
  • Able to decline a request at any time if you don’t feel comfortable renting to that person or the location they are going.
  • You are able to update your calendar to block off any dates you will be using the RV for personal trips or are unavailable to rent.
  • Allows you to meet new people and show them how fun the RV Life can be.

Cons

  • It can take a lot of time to communicate with prospective renters that don’t follow through with renting.
  • Takes a lot of time to clean and prep the camper for each rental.
  • Time to meet renters or deliver.
  • There is a chance damage could be done to your camper.
  • RVshare takes 25% fee for using their platform.
If you have the extra time to commit to vetting inquiries, cleaning, and delivering the RV, then this could be a good fit for you. I would also add that our current camper is not our dream camper so if something were to happen to it, we would be upset, but not devastated. If you have put your blood, sweat and tears in remodeling your RV or feel like it could not be easily replaced if it were to get damaged or even totaled, then you may not want to pursue this venture.

 

How to Have Successful Rentals

Are you ready to try out renting your RV? Here some of our recommendations on how to make your listing great so that you can get your camper rented often and with minimal stress.

 

1. Make it an All Inclusive Experience

Renters don’t want to be nickel and dimed to death and they don’t want to have to bring all of their blankets, towels, and kitchen products from home. You want to include amenities similar to that of a cabin or motel.  Include bedding, towels, kitchen supplies, and cookware for the interior. Also include everything they would need to tow and set-up the camper if needed. Check our free printable Inventory List we use to restock the camper in between rentals and our personal trips. We also provide the list to our renters prior to their arrival so they know what they should pack.

 

2. Make Sure Your Camper is Clean and Everything is Functioning Properly

I cannot stress this enough! Would you want to go into a dirty hotel room or stay somewhere where the A/C is broken? Of course not! Renters are paying good money to rent your RV and you should make sure it is in tip top shape. Extensively clean the interior and exterior prior to each rental and do a thorough walk through to make sure everything is in working order. Our RV Opening Checklist may help you determine what items should be examined.

 

Our travel trailer all nice and shiny to go out for a rental

 

3. Create a Quality Listing

In order for your listing to get viewed and therefore get rentals, you will want to make it detailed and include the following

  • Features/amenities of your RV
  • What items are included
  • Include measurements and weight of RV
  • What type of vehicle is needed to tow
  • Take photos with good lighting
  • Make sure there are multiple photos of each room and exterior from different angles
If the listing is descriptive and pictures show all aspects of the camper, it will make sure that the renters have no surprises when they pick up the camper for their trip. You can check out our RVshare listing here.

 

4. Respond Promptly to Inquiries

Renters are often reaching out to multiple owners at one time, trying to secure an RV for their trip. In this day and age, people expect an immediate response, so being the first to respond with concise answers to all of their questions, may just get you the “job.”

 

5. Make Sure Renters Have all of the Essentials

Prior to arriving make sure you renters know all applicable information needed to have a good trip. Confirm they have a tow vehicle that is able to handle your travel trailer or fifth wheel (if applicable). Also make sure they book a campsite that will fit your RV by providing them with the total length and width of RV and remind them where slides are located if any. If the renters are new to driving an RV make sure to advise them that there may be certain roads, bridges, and tunnels they can not take due to the size of the rig, so they can plan their route accordingly. We recommend our renters use the Copilot app for driving directions.

 

 

When your renters arrive to pick-up or when you are dropping off, make sure they have everything they need to have a successful trip.

  • Give them a thorough walk through of the RV
  • Show them how to work electronics, stove, hook-ups, etc.
  • If they will be driving the RV, make sure to give them a test drive to answer any questions they have prior to departure.
  • Have them fill out all necessary RVshare paperwork
  • Make sure they have keys, registration, and insurance documentation
  • Provide them with instructional videos or a manual on how to work everything
  • Give them your contact information and provide them with instructions in case of an emergency

 

6. Give the Renter a Warm Welcome

Consider leaving a welcome basket, hand written note, or small gift to thank them for choosing your camper to rent. My favorite things to include are s’mores kits with gourmet marshmallows, or if we know they have small children a small basket of activities like coloring books, travel games, glow sticks, and bubbles. You can also share your favorite podcasts or blogs for them to have a great trip like our Tips to Have a Successful RV Roadtrip with Kids. I want our renters to experience the best trip and love camping as much as I do!

Other Tips & Tricks

  • Get a GPS unit to track your RV when it is being rented.
  • Keep an open line of communication with your renters.
  • If a renter has a question or problem when out with your camper, offer assistance right away, customer service is so important.
So are you ready to start renting out your RV? I’ll be honest, it took me a year to warm up to the idea. I created my listing last summer but never made it live until this year but I am so glad I did. Do you want to learn more about renting your RV? Check out RVshare for more information. If you are looking for other ways to make money from your RV, check out what other RV Entrepreneurs are doing.

 

 

Have rented your RV? I would love to know your experiences, good or bad, comment below.

 

 

The Gravel Trading Co

The Gravel Trading Co

One of the things I love about owning a subscription box, is being able to connect with other small business owners. I especially like to support small businesses that love the RV life. Even better if they run their business out of their our RV while they travel full-time.

I connected with Gravel Trading Co. through Instagram. They had reached out to me because they were launching a new company that sold outdoor and camping apparel that encourages the RV lifestyle. I viewed their website and fell in love with the colors and sayings of the shirts they designed. My favorite was the I’m a Hot Mess t-shirt which described my 5 year old daughters camping style to a tee (no pun intended). Originally, the color of this particular tee was black, red, and gray, but shortly after contacting the shop, they uploaded pink and purple options so that I could purchase it for my daughter. She loves the shirt and has gotten so many compliments from it!

I also purchased a sweatshirt for myself. The items are made on Bella Canvas shirts which are very high quality. From my experience they run true to size and the sweatshirts are so soft!

As I had experienced myself, the owners of Gravel Trading Co are open to requests for variations of their products.

“We are able to put our designs on many other items by request. If you are looking for a particular color shirt or altered design, a coffee mug or tote bag, please ask and we can show you what we have available.”

Todd Davies

I’m a Hot Mess kids t-shirt by Gravel Trading Co

How the Company Got Started

One of the unique things we love about The Gravel Trading Co. is that it is owned by a couple that travels in their RV full-time with their 2 children. They started the company because when they were preparing to go full time they couldn’t find enough original shirts. They wanted to put something out there that spoke to fellow RV travelers and supported the RV lifestyle.

The Gravel Travels

They decided to go full time after watching Gone With the Wynns several years back on YouTube.

“We gave it serious consideration when we relocated in 2015 but ultimately bought a home. In late 2017 we decided to buy a rig and travel and were able to begin that journey in September 2018. We have since traveled about 10,000 miles through 20+ states.”

Todd Davies

RV LIFE

The Davies family favorite Campground was Disney Fort Wilderness, which I hear from a lot of campers. This is definitely a campground on my bucket list! I also saw on their Instagram feed that while in Orlando they got to join a meet-up with Marc & Tricia from Keep Your Daydream, how cool is that?!

For a more tranquil spot, they loved their campsite boondocking at Kingman Wash on Lake Mead. Only was 3 miles from the Hoover Dam.

I’m always looking for the best camping products. I asked the owners of Gravel Trading Co what item can they not live without while camping. Their answer was their 22″ Blackstone griddle. Am I the only one that hasn’t tried one yet?!

Final Thoughts

The owners of the Gravel Trading Co. inspire me and I am so glad to have met them. They are such a pleasure to do business with and although we weren’t able to include their awesome shirts in are box yet, there is an amazing promo included in our Summer Box 50% off any item in their shop! Subscribe to Out of the Box Camping to get the promo code.

Star Gazer Raglan Tee
We love to support fellow travelers and small businesses. Do you have a business that has a RV related product or do you run your business out of your RV? We would love to learn more about you, comment below!
Meal Planning for Campers

Meal Planning for Campers

Do you struggle to figure out what to cook when you get to the campsite? Or know what you want to make but then find out you are missing an ingredient? Meal planning for your camping trips can solve these problems and make your camp cooking more enjoyable and stress free.

Choose Your Meals

I know I have difficulty in deciding what to make for dinner each night and I have to assume that others have the same struggles. Choosing your meals ahead of time can alleviate that stress. Get a notebook or a meal planning notepad which can be found in the Out of the Box Camping Summer Box and carve out 15 minutes to plan out your meals when at the campground. Pick your go to meals, ask your kids or family members for a meal they would like to have, and fill in the other meals with items you know you will have on hand from the other dinners.

I also like to choose meals where I can reuse some of the ingredients for other meals. For instance, I make hard boiled eggs and use them to make an egg salad. I can also cut them up and add them to a cobb salad or use some to make deviled eggs. I cook bacon and use it to make bacon, egg, and cheese sandwiches for breakfast. I can then use the leftover bacon to make BLT’s or turkey clubs for lunch or dinner.

The meal planner notepad found in the Camp Kitchen Box

Grocery Shopping

Once you have your meals listed, you can create a grocery list of what items you will need to make each meal. I look for the items I have on hand at home and move those into the camper and add the items I don’t have onto my grocery list. Having a set list will make your grocery shopping so much quicker and allow you to stay on budget by sticking to the items on your list.

Meal Prep

After you go grocery shopping it’s time to take the ingredients and prep what you can ahead of time to have more time to relax at the campsite. I wash and cut up fruit and vegetables prior to our trip. I also like to portion out snacks so that I don’t over eat on camping trips. I usually prepare salads ahead of time at home too. Some of my favorite recipes:

egg salad can be a great addition to your camping meal plan

Egg salad can be made ahead of time and makes a great lunch option

Camp Cooking

While you are at camp, you can make the the make the main dishes of your meals to go along with your previously prepped items. I like to have my kids help make the meals that they previously picked out for the menu. It’s nice to have an extra hand and the kids love to pitch in. Here;s some things the kids can help with:

  • Measure ingredients (use the collapsible measuring cups from the Out of the Box Camping Summer Box)
  • Stir mixtures
  • Set the table (use the Camp Casual paper plates found in the summer box. Need to re-stock? Use the promo code found in the box!
  • Put out condiments
  • Clean off the table
  • Wash dishes
picnic table place settings for camp cooking

Have the kids help out with dinner by setting the table while you finish other tasks

Meal Plan Schedule

For a weekend trip, I plan out my meals and write my grocery list on Wednesday, shop and meal prep Thursday, and on Friday I pack up the food and we are ready to head to camp Friday once my husband gets home from work Check out our Camp Cooking Pinterest Board for some great meal plan examples.

If you missed out on the Out of the Box Camping Summer Box that included the meal planner notepad, you can still make up your meal plan by using our free downloadable Meal Plan Worksheet. We always love getting new meal ideas, what is your go camping meal you will be adding to the worksheet?

What to do While You Wait For Camping Season

What to do While You Wait For Camping Season

Are you just sitting there wishing the snowy weather would disappear and that you can get outside and go camping? Me too! I like to think there are two seasons; camping season and non-camping season.  Non-camping season can seem like it lasts forever, especially when you are getting hit with arctic cold and snowy weather.  This year I have been trying to bring a bit of the camping lifestyle to my everyday life by enjoying some camping themed activities.  It’s really been helping me to get excited for the camping season and I wanted to share it with you!

1.  Plan out your Camping Trips for the Season

Nothing helps me get through the winter more then having an upcoming trip to look forward to.  Most campgrounds start taking reservations at the beginning of the year if not earlier, so its important to plan early to get the best sites.  Make time to research different destinations and campgrounds to determine where you want to go.  Take into consideration what availability you have in your schedule and your budget.  Book those trips and let the countdown begin.  For inspiration, check out a review of one of our favorite campgrounds – Camping on the Battenkill.

2. Listen to Other Peoples Adventures

T’here are so many great camping podcasts that are so entertaining.  I get a ton of great tips from the podcasts and ideas for organization, recipes, and activities to do while camping.  They also provide great reviews of campgrounds and products.  Some of my favorites are RVFTACampground of the Week, and Girl Camper Podcast.  Listening to these always gets me in the camping spirit.

3.  Do a Camping Themed Craft

Get all of your camping friends together and plan a camping themed craft night.  Make decor for the camper or something to display in your home to enjoy while you wait for camping season to begin.  One of the things on my list is to make a cute Burlap wreath like that is camping themed. There are also some great ideas for DIY firestarters  here.  Another craft if you have a Cricut or other vinyl cutting machine is to make fun camping t-shirts for you and your family or friends to wear camping.

4. Try out Some New Camping Recipes

It can turn into a disaster if you try a new recipe while camping and it doesn’t go right.  You may not have a back-up meal or a substitution ingredient, so I like to perfect new recipes at home before I take them on the road.  Check out The Campground Gourmet for some inspiration and to take your campground cooking to the next level.

5. Subscribe to your Favorite Subscription Box

Is there anything better then receiving some happy mail to brighten your day?  I love subscription boxes that are offered seasonally because they are easier on the budget than monthly subscriptions and it gives you plenty of time to enjoy all of the awesome items that come in the box. Out of the Box Camping is a quarterly subscription box for campers, glampers, and, RV enthusiasts.  Each season you will receive a box full of camping themed surprises.  The Winter Box is currently available and will help keep you warm & cozy while you wait for the spring to get here. See Why Campers Love the Out of the Box Camping Subscription Box.

So far these activities are keeping me busy this winter and I’m more excited for camping then ever!  What do you like to do to occupy yourself during the non-camping season?  Share your ideas in the comments.

Happy Camping!

Tips & Gear for Camping with Babies and Toddlers

Tips & Gear for Camping with Babies and Toddlers

Are you expecting or do you have a baby or toddler and are afraid of what it will be like camping with them? There is no need to fear, camping with a baby can be fun when you are prepared and have the right gear. It also teaches them early on how to travel well so you can continue to have many adventures as they grow.

I have three kids and have camped with them all since they were 6 weeks old. Looking back, it was actually a lot easier to camp while they were babies because they slept so much and had no choice but to go with the flow. Best of all they now have so much gear available to make things easier. Here are some tips and recommended products to make your trips more enjoyable.

Please note the following post contains Amazon affiliate links where I earn a small commission on qualifying purchases. This will cost you nothing.

Feeding Time

If you have a newborn, obviously one of the things they will be doing most is eating. We recommend when traveling to stop every 2-4 hours to give them a break from the carseat and to feed and change them on their normal schedule.

Once you have arrived at the campsite, feeding older babies and toddlers is simple in this Baby Delight Go With Me Chair which is a camping chair that also has a highchair attachment. This was given to us a gift when our third child was born and we use it all of the time. We love it has a detachable sunshade and is designed with safety features in mind like a latch that doesn’t pinch and it doesn’t tip. We love to use this at snack time. The highchair feature is detachable so it is easy to clean.

Another option which is great for mealtime is the Chicco Hook On Chair which is great to have on hand to attach to the picnic table at your campsite. Your baby will love being able to sit at the table with everyone and share a meal. We loved using this with our 2nd child and will be getting other one this time around. We do not recommend this for inside RV because they are usually too thin and not sturdy enough to hold the weight.

Other Mealtime Items We Recommend:


Play Time

When we had kids we wanted to keep doing the activities we enjoyed but having to get a babysitter can be difficult while on the road. My husband and I decided we would just take them with us.

Our kids have hiked and biked with us as babies and toddlers and we all have fun. I find that is important to do this if you have older children as well, because it will keep them busy and the baby will just be along for the ride. Most likely they will fall asleep while they are in a carrier. If not point out different plants, animals, and colors to them to keep them engaged while exploring the outdoors.

Tips For Playtime

  • Keep a bin of toys in your camper, they will seem new to your child and keep them more entertained then the toys they always play with at home
  • Keep things simple and take them for a stroll around the campground or to the playground
  • Let them explore the outdoors
  • Don’t be afraid to let them get dirty

Playtime Items We Recommend:


Nap Time

To make sure your baby or toddler is a happy camper, it is important for them to get enough sleep. Some tips on how to get your child to sleep better in a unfamiliar place is to have them use the bassinet or portable bed they will be sleeping in the camper in your home so it becomes a familiar space for them. Bring a favorite blanket or lovey. If they are having difficulty sleeping due to the noise, try a sound machine. When all else fails take them for a long walk around the campground in their stroller.

Nap Time Items We Recommend:


Safety Concerns

One tip we can give when having little ones in a RV is to make sure you baby proof as you would your home. Unfortunately, from experience we have found you can not trust the screen door to hold the weight of your baby or toddler. They can easily push it open, causing them to fall out the door. We know it’s not possible to always keep the storm door shut so invest in a baby gate for your door.

Luckily my husband is handy so he made this custom one out of an old screen door frame. Our son, Logan, is not impressed by his jail, lol but it keeps him safe!

We like to let our little one play on the awning rug with his toys. So another habit that is good to get into is to folding up the steps to the door when you are outside, that prevents babies & toddlers from climbing up the steps and again prevents an unnecessary fall. It doesn’t seem to matter how closely you watch your kids they move quick and always seem to find everything they are supposed to stay away from.

Keep Them Protected From the Elements

  • Use mosquito netting for strollers and pack n’ plays when outdoors
  • Once old enough, use an all natural sunscreen and bug repellent
  • Protect them from the sun when on the beach with a sunshade
  • Place a gate around the firepit or keep them inside or in a pack n’ play when having a campfire

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I hope theses tips will help you have a great camping trip with your family. It may seem like a lot of work to pack up the gear but it is so worth it and so much easier to travel in an RV then trying to go to a hotel. For more tips on traveling with kids, read Vacationing with Kids in an RV. Have you taken your first trip with baby yet? What is your favorite tip or gear when camping with your infant?