Kyle and I don't know much about this whole parenting gig, but we do know that babies are people. "People" don't like to be confined (ie. prison.) I don't know if we are crazy or just really simple minded, but where we go, the kid goes too. To be completely honest, when we sat down to plan our very first camping trip, we didn't even think to not bring the entire family with us.
After that first camping trip, I took our tent to REI to be restrung. While we (Mallory was in the baby carrier) were waiting, a woman approached us and asked "you go camping with him?!" ["him" of course being Mallory.] I wondered, "Oh shit. Are we dumb for taking her camping? Are we missing something here?" I responded by saying that we did in fact go camping with our 6 month old.
Kyle and I simply thought that...
If we got chilly and added a layer, we added a layer for Mallory too.
If we were hungry or thirsty, we assumed Mallory might be too.
If we required sunglasses, then Mallory also wore sunglasses.
I guess we just don't like to over think things...
Random :: The biggest issue we encountered on that inaugural camping trip was the fact that Kyle only brought a sleeping mat for himself and I slept on rocks. He is really too sweet. THEN to top it off I slept in a $15 Wal-Mart sleeping bag while he curled up in his arctic sleeping bag that conveniently couldn't be shared since it smelled like "ball sack and red vines." Can't make that up.
Anyway, after a little trial and error we've come up with a packing list for you when you take baby on a camping trip!