You might be surprised at how little baby camping gear you need when you go around Australia. Your baby will need some specific items, but there are lots they can happily do without. Here’s what I’ve learnt from trial and error over the years…
It’s easy to pack too much baby camping gear, because babies’ things are little. But it still adds up, and you’ll probably find you don’t use half of it… or you’ll wash more often than you need to.
This guide worked well for me:
I often got two days or more out of play outfits, after all it’s just camping. But by packing one a day it meant I had back-up on messy days! Also, once my babies were in their pyjamas, they were in bed. This kept their nightwear cleaner for longer.
Breastfeeding does make camping easier. If you bottle-feed, make sure you take a big saucepan to sterilise bottles. Don’t rely on electric or microwave sterilisers unless you always plan to have power.
If your baby is on to solids, take a few portions of commercial baby food and snacks, even if you prefer not to use them. They are handy back-ups, and will give you piece of mind when you are camping remotely.
A stroller can often be impractical on a trip around Australia, but there are times it could give you much-needed relief. On the other hand...when you’re camping, there are lots of rough surfaces and other obstacles that may prevent you being able to use a stroller.
So like anything you pack, think about how often you’ll really use it. Your baby’s age and preferences will also play a part. Before you leave on your trip around Oz, try this idea out:
Go on a short camping trip without your stroller, and see how much you miss it.
If you decide to take a stroller, go lightweight and not too expensive. Then you don’t need to worry about damage on the road, and you can jam it in anywhere it fits.
They got incredibly dirty at times, but I am certain our babies' early camping trips have shaped the children they’ve become. Play around with the baby camping gear you take, until you get it right. It only gets easier from here, so please persevere!
And once you've got it sorted, check out my suggestions for what else I think is essential family camping gear.
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