Camping With A Toddler

Jimmy and Sadie and I just finished up our first family camping trip!

Father and toddler sitting by campfire

How would I describe camping with a toddler?

  • Awe-filled
  • Challenging
  • Fun
  • Tiring

Mom with toddler in hiking backpack

I’ll be back to share more once we’re unpacked and settled back in, but boy do I have some fun stories that involve pouring rain, a wild toddler, and much more!

Do you have any memorable stories from a family trip?



  1. I can’t wait to hear how it all went! We plan to bring the kiddos next summer, and I’m both excited and terrified of the idea. HA! Traveling with children is defnitely like a wild, rollar coaster ride. Fun one moment; slightly terrifying the second. But in the end, totally worth the thrill and the memories. Ha, ha.

    1. I was feeling the exact same way going into our trip… excited and terrified! You couldn’t have said it better about traveling with children. Terrifying and also worth it. It’s wild!

  2. I haven’t read the post with all the details yet (reading it next!), but I have to say WOW! What a fun (and exhausting) adventure this must have been! 🙂

  3. I remember a rainy weekend of family camping. There were about 10 families that shared a couple cul-de-sacs in one large camp ground. It was an annual event. Some families just came the next day to share a potluck meal but didn’t actually camp. We did get a lot of rain the night before. By morning the sun did begin to shine through but by this time, the ground was muddy and there were puddles in the camp and some moving water in the ditches along the paths. One of our grand daughters was just 2 or 3 and I wanted to walk her through the puddles with me ….although against her mommy’s wishes. I took the risk and went against her ill judgement (in my opinion) and we had such fun. Finally grandpa followed along and before we knew it we found a tiny trickle of a stream and were throwing twigs and leave in to watch them float on by. A little tyke is ready for adventure always and I spared her the boredom of listening to grown ups stand around and talking. My daughter-in-law and I, are still on good terms…..whew! But, I don’t recommend this bad behavior (as some may suggest) on my part.

      1. I am a trouble-maker grandma but sometimes our children don’t understand how experimenting with nature and letting them try new things….even clearing away their own dishes from the table….help them learn and grow. Messes can always be cleaned up. It is the philosophy that drives me when I am with any of them.

      2. I love that way of looking at it! I’m going to remember that messes can always be cleaned up but there’s only so much time with kids under the roof all ready to be taught “real life” skills!

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