Packing for a camping trip with a toddler

We have another camping trip coming up next week, so I am giving some thought to what to pack since we actually ended up over packing on our last trip (I forgot that the sun wouldn’t set until late, so the temperatures didn’t drop until after we turned in for the night).  I have always prided myself on being a light packer, but when you are camping with a toddler you want to be prepared. You don’t want to end up with a wet and cold child, as that would make the trip miserable for everyone. Consequently, I try to balance the desire to pack light and my need to be prepared.

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Here is a list (and picture) of what we brought for Sprout on our most recent camping trip to the Grand Tetons. The weather was quite nice, with highs in the 70’s, but night-time lows were in the 40’s, which factored into our packing.




  1. Night Clothing
    • 2 pairs of fleece footie jammies (one is fine, but we like and extra, just in case)
    • 1 set of mid-weight thermals
    • 3 pocket diapers for night time use
  2. Day/Hiking Clothing
    • 2 pairs of pants, treated with permethrin
    • 2 quick-drying, breathable shirts with UPF sun protection and treated with Permethrin
    • 1 sun hat
    • 4 pairs of socks (socks get wet easily)
    • 2 pairs of sneakers (the spare stayed in the car, but it is good to have a back-up if a pair get wet)
    • 3 diapers and 3 trainers for naptime (Sprout wears either trainers or diapers at nap, depending on her mood)
    • 4 pairs of undies (good to have back-up)
  3. Evening/Campground Clothing (We typically have different clothing for the campground, since it often gets cold in the evening, but Sprout never wore these clothes because the sun didn’t set until around 10pm.)
    • 1 fleece jacket
      This hook-on high chair is a staple for our camping trips (though this picture is from a different trip).
    • 1 sweatshirt with hood (treated with Permethrin)
    • 1 fleece hat
    • 2 pairs of sweatpants (treated with Permethrin)
    • 1 flannel
    • 1 extra shirt
  4. Other


Stay tuned on Thursday for our post about our hike around Jenny Lake!

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