Baby Camping Checklist (Printable) – Mom Goes Camping

Baby Camping Checklist (Printable)

You actually don’t need that many extra items to go camping with a baby.  However, the items you do need are really important.  Forgetting a single item like a changing pad or pacifier clip could completely mess up your camping trip.  This baby camping list will ensure you don’t forget anything.


  • This baby camping checklist is in addition to the items you normally need to bring camping (tent, headlamps, pots, utensils, etc.). You can find that checklist here.
  • Some of these baby camping items are optional (like a chair or playpen) but will make your trip easier and more enjoyable.
  • If you need advice, see these 21 tips for camping with a baby

*Click here for a printable version of the baby camping checklist*


Baby Sleep Items

  • Tent: You may want to upgrade to a larger tent with more headroom
  • Sleeping bag: See best baby sleeping bags for camping here
  • Sleeping pad: Ideally with an R-value of 3 or higher
  • Baby camping bed: Optional but nice to have. See best camping baby beds here.
  • Leak catcher: Like a waterproof pad to put under your baby in the sleeping bag
  • Pillow: I just use a folded fleece jacket

*Not sure about the sleep setup? Read How to sleep in a tent with a baby


Camping Clothes for Baby

*Don’t forget to bring backups!

  • Breathable base layers
  • Short-sleeved onesies
  • Long-sleeved onesies or shirts
  • Stretchy pants
  • Hoodies or sweaters
  • Jacket
  • Hat with a brim
  • Waterproof rain suit
  • Pajamas
  • Socks
  • Shoes or booties
  • Hat and gloves
  • Swimsuit or swim diaper


Feeding Items

  • Bibs or smocks
  • Bottles: Bring enough for one day so you don’t have to constantly clean them
  • Bottle sterilizing supplies: Like sterilizing tablets or a stove + fuel
  • Baby food: Choose pouches instead of jars.
  • Bowls and spoons
  • Sippy cups
  • Disposable bottle inserts
  • Bottled water or water purifier
  • Pacifier + clip and case: The clip and case keep the pacifiers from getting too dirty


Diapering Items

  • Diapers: Calculate about 7-13 per day, depending on your baby (it’s better to have more than not enough!)
  • Unscented baby wipes
  • Non-scented barrier cream
  • Diaper rash cream
  • Changing mat
  • Diaper pail with lid
  • Sealable bags: for carrying dirty diapers until you can throw them away


Health and Hygiene Items

  • Bathtub
  • Towels
  • Biodegradable, non-scented soap
  • Wash cloths
  • Rope: For making a clothes line
  • Hand sanitizer (for you, not the baby): To clean your hands after diaper changes if you can’t get to a sink
  • Toothbrush and paste
  • Plastic bags for trash and dirty clothes
  • Sunblock or UV-protective clothing
  • Baby-safe bug spray
  • Mosquito net or tent
  • Nail clippers


First aid items for baby

*See my picks for best camping first aid kits here

  • Baby fever medicine + measuring syringe
  • Saline solution in little ampules: You might need this for cleaning your baby’s eyes or nose
  • Cotton balls
  • Antihistamine: In case of allergic reaction it can buy you time until you get to a hospital
  • Teething ring and/or gel

These saline ampules are really useful for cleaning dirt out of baby’s eyes!


Other Baby Camping Gear

*See our picks for best baby camping gear here.

  • Hiking carrier: Read about hiking carriers here
  • Trail-friendly stroller: Like these best off-road strollers
  • Baby chair: See these best baby camping chairs
  • Portable playpen: This is very useful once your baby starts crawling. It also keeps your baby off the ground so insects and animals can’t get to her.
  • Tent lantern: Preferably with a red light option so you don’t blind your baby during nighttime feedings and changes.
  • Extra batteries: You’ll use more batteries than normal when camping with a baby
  • Carabiner: For attaching the lantern to the tent, toys to the playpen, etc.
  • Toys/comfort items
  • Shade tent or tarp
  • Breastfeeding chair for mom
  • Infant life jacket: If you will be doing any water activities


The Alite Mayfly 2 chair is really lightweight at 1lb 10oz. It is great for putting baby or for nursing in. Buy it here.


Did I miss anything? Let me know in the comments section below.

*Get the baby camping checklist printable Here*

Image credit: “First camping adventure” (CC BY 2.0) by vastateparksstaff

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