Waterproof Pads for the Kids

June 15, 2013

One of the first things we installed in our popup camper was a collection of waterproof pads for the kids, who were still potty training (as shown by the wet pants hanging in the image above). This post describes some of the specific products we use to keep the mattress and upholstery clean and dry.

Mattress Pads

You’ll definitely want to wrap a waterproof pad over each of the slideout bunk mattresses. While not always a perfect fit, you should be able to order a regular full, queen, or king size mattress pad.


We prefer the SafeRest brand from Amazon. And don’t forget a mattress pad for your convertible dinette or guachobed when used for bedding, usually a twin size.

Crib Pads

crib pad on popup dinette

A flat crib pad works great for putting between your children and other upholstered areas, like the dinette when eating, or an upholstered bench seat.  This does a great job of both waterproofing those locations and also making for a quick cleanup after the kids are done eating – simply take outside and shake (assuming you’re not in bear country of course).

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I've been camping regularly since I was a kid, from quick Cub/Boy Scout trips to week-long backpacking trips and everything else in-between. We got a popup camper when our kids were 1 and 3 years old to enjoy more time outdoors together alongside a few conveniences like heat and running water. Since then, we've spent over 75 nights together as a family in our popup camper. I've learned a lot about the intricacies of a popup tent camper during this time and love to share those lessons here for the benefit of others.