(Erica Lineberry)

5 Essentials for Camping With Kids

Erica Lineberry

Chicco Caddy Hook-On High Chair

Hoping to share a family meal by the campfire this summer?  This camp-friendly high chair will give your kids a seat at the adults’ table.  Accommodating wee folk up to 37 pounds, the travel chair quickly and securely clamps onto a picnic table, allowing baby a great view of the food prep area within a safe and controlled environment. When mealtime is done, simply wipe the seat pad with a damp cloth, collapse it, and toss it back in your car.

Cloud B Twilight Ladybug

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While the best nightlight is the moon, tent types and weather conditions don’t always make it possible to sleep under the stars. This ladybug shines familiar constellations onto the walls of your tent, offering your youngster the security of a night light and the comfort of a stuffed animal.  An auto-shutoff option and 45-minute sleep timer ensures you’ll have enough battery life to get through a multi-day excursion.

Molehill Mtn Bunting

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This hooded down bunting is really two pieces of gear in one: It makes for a perfectly insulated sleeping bag at night and a warm and toasty layer for camp breakfasts on chilly mornings. The fold-over hands and feet eliminate the need to keep track of mittens and booties  Sizes are available for a wide range of happy campers, from 3 months all the way to 3T.  (Sorry parents, they don’t make them for grown-ups.

Potette Portable Potty

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Learning to “go” in the woods is an art form that doesn’t develop overnight.  A portable potty can help ease the transition, and the Potette has been a lifesaver for us on many a trip. It’s nothing more than a plastic ring with fold-out legs, but it provides a comfortable and familiar place for your toddler to do his or her business.  The Potette comes with disposable liners to catch the waste, making for a very convenient tent-side option for any midnight urges.  

GoCrib Adventure

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A travel crib is a must-have for babies, and the expandable Go Crib Adventure is lighter, sturdier, and far less cumbersome than its competitors. Mesh sides allow for full airflow and unobstructed views both for and of the child, and the curved sidewalls keep bumps and boo-boos to a minimum.  The best part? The whole shebang not only fits into a backpack-style bag for hands-free carrying, it also fits into the overhead bin of an airplane.

From Outside Magazine, April/May 2021
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Lead Photo: Erica Lineberry