Camping with a toddler

Posted by Kerri Mosher on June 14, 2016 in Our family stories and shares., Summer 2016 |

Camping with a toddler


About 10 years ago we camped all the time. Well, as our children got older and started leaving home and we moved to another state it all stopped.

Now we are back in Tennessee and have a 9-year-old and a 23-month-old so we are back at giving camping a try.

When I was searching for campgrounds I was looking for one close to home so if there were any issues I could come home at night and go back out during the day.

Joshua is that toddler that has to get into everything and the word NO doesn’t apply to him in his way of seeing things. I wanted to camp but I was not so sure it was going to work.

I did some brainstorming before we left and came up with the idea to find a way to contain him to an area so he would be safe and I would not spend my days running after him.

This is what we bought and I am very thankful I did.


This is Midwest exercise pen that is just like a toddler gate but cheaper because it is a dog exercise pen. Garrett would get in the pen with him and play also.


So this was a big help and Joshua didn’t mind being in it  for the most part. We did let him out and then when we were exhausted from chasing him we put him back in. Yes, he would have a fit for a second but not long.

When he would nap in this pen I would put a sheet over it to keep the sun off him.

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Our tent was so much bigger than we intended for it to be but it turned out to be a good thing.


At night-time when we had the campfire going, we would try to let Joshua sit with us but he insisted on trying to get close to the fire.

Once we got the campfire going, I took Joshua into the tent and he played in there while I read. This gave me time to read and him more room to run.

The only thing we had in the tent was air mattress and some clothes so there was no worry about him getting into stuff.

Once he went to sleep I would go out and sit around the campfire. I loved that our zippers on the tent went to the top or bottom. I made all the zippers go to the top so Joshua could not reach them and get out while we were sleeping.

We also got a site with electric so we were able to take our little refrigerator to keep milk and juice in from him and soda’s for us. I of course had taken my coffee pot also.


I lacked in things for the kids to do at the campsite. The water was so low at the swimming area we couldn’t swim.


We are going back in a couple of weeks. I have decided I will take a small swimming pool for Joshua and need to come up with somethings for Garrett to do while at the campsite.

We have games for all of us but we don’t get much time to play them only in the evening.

What is some idea for a 9-year-old to do while stuck on the campsite? I got coloring books but he isn’t into coloring much? What do your children like to do when camping if they are stuck on the campsite?

Please leave your comments or suggestions in the comments.



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