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The Travelling Toddler

Toddler Friendly Camping Tips:

Camping is a pretty toddler friendly activity as it is. A lot of Children love to be outside and so living outside is their idea of a great time. Don’t  try to do too much – put your  phones away (signal can be poor anyway) and just play and explore. It helps if the whole family gets into “camping mode” and work together in terms of setting up camp, cooking, and cleaning. Just because you have a toddler doesn’t really change much.

Here are our tips for a more toddler friendly camping trip:

  • Get a good tent! Rather purchase or borrow a larger tent for the space and be relaxed within it. One that actually divides into two rooms each with their own entrance and the rain fly folds back to make half into a screen room is a great example.
  • Try to stick to your kids schedule, but then relax and go with the flow. The wonderful thing about camping is that being outside has a calming effect on most people. Don’t stress out if your slightly off schedule though. Being outside does something to kids and sometimes those, who normally are terrible sleepers, slept SO WELL.
  • Bring toys! Books and games for inside the tent and outside toys (spade & bucket, bike, ball, bug net, etc.). It is helpful to have the inside toys for when we needed to have down time in the tent.
  • If you’ve never camped with a toddler before just go for a night. Don’t plan a big thing – go somewhere close and get a feel for how it will work out.
  • If you can, choose somewhere that you’re familiar with and that is toddler friendly and safe. Xama Fish Eagle River Camp is perfect for the first timers.
  • Bring plenty of clothes and warm layers! Dressing in layers is great because you can easily adjust to changing temperatures. Make sure you have extra sets of clothes as kids love to get dirty and play in the sand and grass.
  • Embrace the dirt!
  • Do a quick loop through the area and choose your campsite. Try to get one that’s sort of private and boxed as it helps contain the tiny human and all your things.
  • Pick up any stray pieces of trash (this camp ground as mentioned above is really clean, but be aware at any campsite for beer bottle caps, and cigarette butts etc. that you did not want the Little Man to play with.
  • Set up the tent first to secure your temporary home. You never want to be stuck setting up in the rain or bad weather. It’s a good habit to keep.
  • Unpack food and other supplies.
  • Have lunch or a snack and EXPLORE!

Camping items:

  • Table (if there isn’t one)
  • Camp chairs – Well worth it to relax and enjoy the scenery as you too need the break.
  • Tent
  • Air mattress, pillows, sheets, mattress pad, and quilts. This is luxurious for us. Your car camping, why not be comfy? The mattress pad is really important if you’re going to be somewhere cool as it provides good installation. A Camp cot is a good alternative too.
  • A cheap door mat for outside the tent
  • Small dust pan and broom (yes, one can be little OCD, why do you ask?)
  • Toys
  • Clothes
  • Pants/shorts/shirts
  • Warm hat
  • Sun hat
  • Jackets – whatever is appropriate for your climate
  • Fleecy pajamas for the kids
  • Sleeping bags or onesies or something similar.
  • Extra shoes & socks
  • Bring more than you think you’ll need, especially if you’re going anywhere near water. No one wants a cold, wet toddler.
  • Toiletries – mostly a little soap, sunscreen, and toothpaste/brush.
  • DIAPERS & WIPES – bring more than you think you’ll need. We don’t worry about bathing while camping, but wipes can come in handy if the kiddo is super grungy.
  • Picnic blanket.
  • Daypack
  • Water bottles
  • First aid kit – antiseptic creams, band aid, insect repellent, antihistamine lotion or similar, tweezers, to name a few useful items.
  • Camera with fully charged battery and chargers.
  • Lantern
  • Kitchen Stuff
  • Food & Snacks
  • Sponge (don’t know how many times people have forgotten this!) & biodegradable camp soap
  • Towel & paper towels
  • Plates, bowls & utensils, travel mugs
  • Sharp knife
  • Cutting board
  • Pot & Pan
  • Utensils – big spoon, spatula, vegetable peeler, can opener.
  • Dishwashing tub
  • Lighter
  • Plastic tablecloth and tablecloth clips
  • Extra bags – a variety of sizes for trash, wet/dirty clothes, snacks, etc.
  • Skottle, gas bottle, braai grids and drum (if not provided), cooler box and ice!

Toddler Friendly Camping Meals:

  • Hot dogs, boerie rolls, chicken drummies,
  • potato salad, butternut in the fire, 
  • black pot pizza, spagbol, macaroni cheese

Toddler Friendly Camps

Xama Fish Eagle River Camp

Situated on the banks of the majestic Breede River near the historical town of Swellendam one will find this pristine private river camp. Ideal for family camping and friends. Relax on the lush lawn under the trees, enjoy the sundeck, boma and lounge, fishing, swimming, hiking, river rafting available on request with prior bookings. Safe and secure.

Toddler Travel:

Car seats, camp cot, baby bag, bottle warmer, bottle sterilizer, pacifier and sterilizer, blankets, nappies, wet wipes.

Toddler Accessories:

Contact Melissa for further info -

Contact Details

P.O. Box 787
Rondebosch 7701
Cape Town

Telephone : + 27 (021) 685 7305
Fax : + 27 (021) 686 5803
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