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Wild camping gear list: What we take when wild camping with a toddler

Wild camping gear list: What we take when wild camping with a toddler*


It’s taken a few wild camping trips for us to fine tune what we carry with us. We recently went on a wild camp to the Cairngorms, packing everything needed for a camp with wet weather forecast. We took enough water (1l each) for the first day, knowing there would be plenty of opportunities to restock (and boil/cool or treat it).

My 30l +5l backpack weighed 8.2kg with water.

The back carrier my husband had was 7.3kg, with water and obviously without our son.

Our son wanted to carry his own little rucksack, that had just a small bottle of water in and an apple.

Here’s what we took:


  • Tent (Tarptent Hogback, 1.85kg)
  • 3 airbeds (Thermarest NeoAir 350g each. The stuff sacks from the airbeds double up as our pillows)
  • Down duvet (Enlightened Equipment, 1.2kg)
  • 1st Aid kit
  • Cooker, small gas canister (that slips inside the cooker pot), sporks
  • Small toiletries bag incl suncream, midge spray, toothbrushes etc
  • Small lightweight headtorch
  • Small knife
  • Shovel
  • We’ve recently added lightweight sitmats (a little luxury but they weigh next to nothing and keep our bums dry)

The essentials


  • Thermal bottoms (toasty to sleep in, and light to carry)
  • An extra lightweight jumper each, in case it gets chilly
  • Thick socks
  • Change of clothes for the following day
  • Hats (Sun or winter. We usually take a lightweight skull cap for our son to wear during the night)
  • Sunglasses (optional)
  • Waterproofs for us all


Food stuff:

  • Food (noodles, mash, dried pasta & sauce, flapjack, biscuits)
  • Water (not pictured)
  • Water purification tablets (kept in 1st aid bag)

Food stuff - not pictured is water and biscuits

Other useful stuff:

  • Walking poles (added benefit of keeping balance with heavy rucksack and back carrier)
  • Glowsticks – Not pictured. Our son finds them reassuring when he wakes up during the night, and they weigh next to nothing so we bring a few with us
  • Pen and paper for our son to doodle pictures and thoughts of the day


This is what we’ve found works for us. We’re still working on getting the food right though to be honest, with enough different choices that our son would eat. Breakfast seems to be the big thing we need to get right for him on our next trip – He’s always fussy at breakfast for some reason, and that doesn’t change when we’re camping, even if he’s had it before!

Do you take your little ones wild camping? What do you take? Is there anything we’ve missed that you would really recommend?

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  1. We are committed car campers and have just started taking our 6 month old with us. We both really want to give wild camping a go but worried we’d missed the boat & would have to wait until baby is a lot, lot older. Needless to say, your brilliant blog has inspired me! It might not be impossible with a small child!

    • Adventurous Little Legs

      Camping’s great fun but going wildcamping definitely adds an extra sparkle to it for us! We started small in areas we already knew to give us a bit of confidence and tried to keep packweight low, which is easier said than done with a little one! :)

      ***Please note: This is a blog that was previously published on another of our blogs Adventurous Little Legs, and linked to an online store we also had. We have closed these both down. All content and pictures remain those of Stacey and Keith at Adventurous Little Legs and An Outdoors Family.

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