Yes you can camp with young children. My daughter was 2 on her first camping trip, and that was in a tent not a popup camper! This image was of my son’t first trip where he helped me setup that tent in the background and build this fire. Here are some tips to make your first toddler trip a great one.
Here is my daughter at age two. The key is to keep them warm! Warm pajamas, a warm sleeping bag, and a stocking cap (since the kids won’t stay tucked inside their sleeping bag hood). We also bought a special “camping lovey” – a nearly identical copy of the special item they sleep with at home.
I even got my four and two year old to take a 2-mile hike up to this mountainside lake. They key was plenty of snacks, water, and a back-carrier for when they did get tired.
Here’s our campsite “after bedtime,” when the sun was setting and my wife and I could enjoy a nice cold beer. Oh and this fire that my son built – a few weeks later he taught all of his friends how to build a proper “tee pee fire.”
As with most things in life, “you’ll never know if you don’t go.” Give camping with your young children a try today!
I recommend staying away from down sleeping bags with kids, as down feathers don’t keep you warm when wet.