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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.

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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

Safety Items We Recommend:


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?

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!
What Campers Love about Out of the Box Camping

What Campers Love about Out of the Box Camping

Are you a subscription box junkie? I am a lover of subscription boxes so much so that I created my own! As an avid camper I couldn’t find a camping subscription box that wasn’t geared towards the survivalist type camper, which I am definitely not. My family of 5 and I like to camp in our travel trailer, enjoy camping with the comforts of our own home, and (gasp) even enjoy full hook-ups when they are available. Yes I still consider this camping and if you do too, then boy do I have a subscription box for you!

What it’s all about

Out of the Box Camping is a quarterly subscription box for campers, glampers, & RV enthusiasts. We carefully curate each box around a chosen theme and choose 6-8 full size items that we love and think you will too. Each season a new box is mailed to your door with great new products for you to use during your next RV adventure. Some of the products we like to include are lifestyle products, RV accessories, organizational items & more. We work with big brands such as Tervis, Camco, and Wilcor and also choose handmade items from small artisans we find on Etsy. In addition we love supporting other RV’ers and use businesses who are campers themselves, some even run their business from their RV while they travel full time! Check out What’s Inside.

 

The Spring Box – RV Essentials

Value

One of the great thing about subscription boxes in general is that they provide great value. The way subscription boxes work (if you don;t know) is that the subscription box owner purchases items at wholesale costs and then bundles them at a “package price” which is what you pay for the subscription. Therefore, you are getting exciting new products at costs much lower then retail prices. Out of the Box Camping subscription boxes are $49.95 with free shipping! It includes 6-8 full size products with a value of at least $75 each box. This doesn’t even include the shipping costs that you would have to pay if you were purchasing the items separately which can cost you an average of an additional $10. So who wouldn’t want to get $75 or more worth of products for $50? As an added bonus each box gets exclusive discounts to our partnered brands, so if you discover an item you love you can purchase it at a discounted price next time around.

Discover

Another great things about subscription boxes is you will discover new products that you really love that you may not have found otherwise. Doing research of the best products can take a lot of time and patience. That’s where the subscription box comes in. Out of the Box Camping does the research and tests the products before curating each box so you only get items that truly work and that we think you will enjoy.

 

Listen to why Janine Petit from the Girl Camper Podcast loved the Out of the Box Camping Subscription Box in her Girl Camper Podcast episode 164: Spring Gear Guide.

New Campers

If you are new to camping you may not know where to start with what products you need so getting a subscription box full of products can help you find things you like or maybe even some you don’t and that’s ok. If you don’t like a product think of it as a learning experience. You didn’t have to pay full price for that item at the store and now you know what to look for in a different product.

Experienced Campers

Even experienced campers need to discover new products. I know as an camper myself, I can get stuck in a rut using the same products over and over. Many times new products come out that are better, more efficient or less expensive but I am too afraid to try them. Getting the product shipped to you in a subscription box gives you a chance to try new things without the fear of trying something new and as a reduced price.

Happy Mail

The thing I love most about subscription boxes – Happy Mail! Seriously, I just love getting those surprise boxes delivered to my doorstep, don’t you? It really feels like Christmas and is a great way to treat myself. I get so excited opening the boxes and seeing what great items I will get. In addition to treating yourself, they can also make a unique gift. A subscription box offers an experience that a normal present doesn’t deliver. It can be a unique gift for those hard to buy for folks that have everything and be the gift that keeps on giving if you decide to purchase them an annual subscription. This is actually one of the reasons why I started Out of the Box Camping. We have a lot of campers in our family and I wanted to purchase a camping subscription box for them, but like I said before I couldn’t find one that was for the RV community.

What if you don’t like an item you receive?

I know a lot of people have a hard time with subscription boxes because they are afraid they won’t like what they get or may get something they already have. Here are some suggestions of what to do with the item:

  • Donate it (it may even be tax deductible)
  • Pay it Forward – Surprise a friend or family member with it. Just because you didn’t like the item doesn’t mean someone else won’t love it. Put a smile on someones face by gifting the them the item(s) you don’t like or need.
  • Sell it – One persons “trash” is another person treasure. Hold a garage sale, post on the Facebook Marketplace or a marketplace group that is specific for RV’ers to make some extra cash.
  • Trade it – There are BST Facebook groups specific to subscription boxes where you can trade items.
  • Re-purpose it
  • Contact Us – We don’t want you to be unhappy with a particular box or product. Please reach out to us so we can help make it right.

What Others are Saying

Check out the reviews from other campers that have received our box:

You can also see reviews from our subscribers here.

 

 

Do you want to be part of the Out of the Box Camping Community. Subscribe today! Your first box will ship within 5-7 business days. Watch out for that happy mail! What is your favorite thing about receiving subscription boxes? Let us know in the comments.

Mothers Day Gift Guide for Campers

Mothers Day Gift Guide for Campers

Mothers day is just around the corner!  If you have a mom that’s hard to buy for but loves camping, check out our gift guide for inspiration.

Memberships

If your mom travels a lot to different campgrounds she may benefit from some of the different membership plans that are available. Some of our favorites are:

  • Passport America: Get 50% off participating campsites nationwide
  • Harvest Hosts: Stay at participating wineries, museums, and farms, receive 15% off with this link!
  • Good Sam Club: Save 10% off at a large variety of campgrounds or purchase a Roadside assistance membership to ensure your mom’s safety while she is traveling.
tote bag

Accessories

Is it possible for a women to have too many accessories? Get your mom a cute new camping tote, leggings, or hat from the Out of the Box Camping online shop.

Wine Tumblers

Treat your mom to a bottle of wine or new wine glasses that are perfect for camping! We love the Camco Wine Tumbler Set pictured. Pair it with a bottle of Happy Camper Wine for the perfect gift.

Subscription Box

Out of the Box Camping is a quarterly subscription box for Campers, Glampers, & RV Enthusiasts!  Purchase a one time box or an annual plan for the gift that keeps on giving. Perfect for the mom that has everything.

Kitchen Supplies

We love kitchen supplies that are camping friendly. One of our favorites are Camp Causal nesting bowls. They make storing a breeze and are the perfect sizes for your mom to make her famous pasta, potato, and macaroni salads while camping.

 

We hope these suggestions will make your mom a happy camper. What camping gifts have you given your mom in the past that she loved?

Happy Camping!