Camping with a 6 Month Old

Last weekend marked a very special milestone for Abigail: her very first camping trip!

I’m sure none of you are surprised at this point that we would go camping with a 6 month old being that her first trip to San Luis Obispo was when she was 10 Days old and her first cross country flight was when she was 3 months old…

Camping at 6 months only seemed fitting.

Let me also preface this by admitting that we were only camping for approximately 24 hours and it’s not like we were exactly “roughing” it – our tent was big enough to fit a pack’n’play and our tent’s floor mat was borrowed from our car (which was only about 3 feet away). 

Abigail sitting on our makeshift mat

With that said, we went camping with a 6 month old (which I do think deserves a pat on the back regardless of how “rough” it really was)!

Another plus is that we had tons of family and friends around so Mommy and Daddy were able to enjoy quite a bit of hands-free time knowing Abigail was in great care…such a nice feeling.  As usual, we spent our hands-free time being total goofballs with the fam…

This only took a few attempts…

Nice work, guys – only two attempts for you

Captain hook was even at the beach…

Captain Hook

Picking his nose?

Camping Prep

Preparation for camping was really no different than preparing for anything else we’ve done with Abby.  We knew the weather was going to be temperate (and definitely not colder than San Francisco), so we packed the “usual” going out of town stuff.  The nice part about driving vs. flying is the fact that you have access to your car and you can over-pack if you want to (my specialty).  Here’s what we brought:

  • Lots of diapers, wipes and vaseline
  • Sunscreen and a bathing suit (just in case)
  • At least 3 outfits for each day (because you never know when a diaper might explode)
  • A sweater with a hood
  • Socks (which we actually layered under her footsie pajamas because it was pretty cold out)
  • A warm blanket
  • Pack’n’Play (thanks to GiGi!)
  • A few toys
  • The panda she sleeps next to

All in all, it was an extremely fun and carefree adventure.  The Anchor Bay Campground was beautiful, the company was wonderful, and Abby definitely seemed to enjoy it…so much so, in fact, that we have already booked our spot for next year’s camping trip!

Putting on a show at breakfast entitled “smiles, giggles and drool”

Oh, and if you have any hesitations about going camping (or flying or traveling or anything else) with your little ones, talk to me and I’ll do my best to motivate you to just do it…kids are much more adaptable than we give them credit for!



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5 Responses

  1. Chris says:

    I am sure this is not her last camping trip!
    What fun!

  2. amaya says:

    What a fun trip that was! I’m SO glad you guys came out and brought Dan and Juan. I’m really looking forward to next year! Camping is good for the soul. 🙂

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