How old does a person have to be to go camping?

@maximax8 (28559)
United Kingdom
July 19, 2008 1:08pm CST
I went camping when I was 14 years old on a school trip that was part of the Duke of Edinburgh Award. It gave me a taste for the Great Outdoors and camping in a tent. I want to take my 14 month baby on a trip Camping to a site by the ocean. How old were you when you first went camping? Do you think babies and toddlers should go camping or are they too young?
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@karjyo (830)
• India
19 Jul 08
I was eight years old when i went went camping. As far as babies and toddlers are concerned, they can also be taken along only if somebody is there to take care of them. This way probably they will also learn much faster.
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@maximax8 (28559)
• United Kingdom
19 Jul 08
Yes, camping is a great learning experience for young children. My older son is scared of spiders though and gets upset if he sees one. I think that my toddler might enjoy camping and grow up without a fear of bugs.
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@KellyMate (362)
19 Jul 08
I dont think that there is any age limit, its up to you as the parent isnt it? I took my baby camping when she was just 5 months old. She enjoyed it, and she was fine. Have fun :)
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@maximax8 (28559)
• United Kingdom
19 Jul 08
It is wonderful that your daughter enjoyed a camping trip when she was 5 months old. I am sure that if I take my son camping now he will enjoy it when he is older.
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@mipen2006 (5528)
• Australia
19 Jul 08
I'm not really a camping person, as my early momories include being flooded out, and lots of flies during the day and mosquitoes at night. However for those who are camping adicts, I'm sure they'd say you're never too young. Add to that madern camping gear is much better than my experience.
@maximax8 (28559)
• United Kingdom
20 Jul 08
It is worrying to get flooded out. I bought a waterproof tent and then woke up all soaking wet. I was fine in the dry belt but in the wet belt it was another matter. I hate getting bitten by mosquitoes and the worst bug bites I got were in Kakadu and Darwin. Yes, camping gear is really good these days with such delightfully comfortable mats. I really enjoy reading about your experiences and travels my friend mipen2006.
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@mipen2006 (5528)
• Australia
21 Jul 08
This is a bit off the subject of camping, but I'm curious, and you seem to have been bitten by the travel bug like me. Do you think the desire to travel is in the genes? My parents weren't travelers, but my two kids have traveled extensively. I'm wondering about my grandchildren. What are the odds they will follow in my footsteps?
@benhilo (871)
• Tripoli, Libya
19 Jul 08
I think I was 13 the first time I went camping. I was in an organization called Civil Air Patrol. We did search and rescue. I learn a lot on that first trip that still serve me today. I am not sure if I would take a baby or toddler on a trip. It would depend on the mentality of the child. If a child is excited about the outdoor and the night sky I would love to take the child camping. Camping with other are usually a sharing/bonding experience. I enjoy it and love to share with it!
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@maximax8 (28559)
• United Kingdom
20 Jul 08
Search and rescue must have been very exciting for you to do as a teenager. Yes, I am sure that you learned a lot from that that is still useful to you when you go camping. I hope that my toddler son will grow up liking the night sky and all the stars. When we were in Latvia we walked though a forest and saw a castle in the distance through the trees.
@ShealM (388)
• Canada
19 Jul 08
There is no age limit. My kids (all five) have gone camping from around the age of 2 or 3 months old and up. We do bush camping (no provincial parks, just out in the bush) in hubbs' home town once a year for week. All five children have gone as babies or older and my oldest is 7 years old. My youngest was 4 months old when he went bush camping for the first time.
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@maximax8 (28559)
• United Kingdom
20 Jul 08
Bush camping is excellent. The only time I have had a totally back to nature feeling was camping in Australia. It must be wonderful to have 5 children and to take them bush camping for week a year. I am sure they will remember these family adventures when they are older.
• United States
19 Jul 08
I think taking care of a toddler while camping would be far harder on the parent than on the child. A lot depends on the child as well; some kids really need their routine and prefer to have familiar things around them, or they get upset, which could make the experience not so great for both of you. Other children might not need that sort of structure and would enjoy the new experience more. I don't know if a 14 month old would really carry any long term benifit from a camping trip, but if you think your child (and you) can enjoy such a trip, I say go for it.
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@maximax8 (28559)
• United Kingdom
19 Jul 08
My toddler likes the routine of regular feeding and nappy changes. His bedtime is a calm time when he settles nicely into his cot, even his lightweight travel cot. I would only be able to take a few small things. Thanks for your very good suggestions.
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• United States
19 Jul 08
There really is no certain age to camp but I don't think it is right for toddlers or babies. They are too young because they are more vulnerable to diseases and sickness and no parent wants that to happen. First time I ever went camping was when I was 12 years old and it was also a school trip for 5 days and I really enjoyed it. It was an end-of-the-year type field trip where it costs about $150 to go. It was worth the money. My opinion is that don't take your 14 month your old baby unless you truly are responsible to him/her and can put your time and effort to your baby instead of participating in fun activities. Never leave your child unattended in the woods or any place while camping because we all know the dangers of the woods and what kind of animals are in the woods. If you decide to go camping, good luck and I hope no harm reaches your child's way.
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@maximax8 (28559)
• United Kingdom
19 Jul 08
I am really glad that you enjoyed your camping trip when you were 12 years old. If I take my baby son camping I would put him in his lightweight travel cot at night and put him in a toddler carrier on my back for exploring. I would take nappies and baby food as well as drink with me. I think I would have to wait until he is older for fun activities like noting animals seen in nature trails. Thanks for your very good and detailed response.
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@Ricky007 (512)
19 Jul 08
I went on camping when i was 20 years old..I don't think toddlers should be allowed to go for camping coz i think its little dangerous for them..altough teachers are there to provide care but still i feel its less safe..during my camping, one of my friend sliped in the water and its shoulder gets dislocated..thz why i m little afraid..
@maximax8 (28559)
• United Kingdom
19 Jul 08
I am sorry to hear about your friend slipping in the water and dislocating his shoulder. Hopefully he made a full recovery. I went camping in Australia and to get water I had to climb up a creek. That was scary, in case I fell and was left up there alone. I was the only camper there and I had to tie my food outside my tent to avoid the bush rats eating it. I think I will take my toddler to safe locations for camping.
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@chrislotz (8203)
• Canada
21 Sep 08
I was about 2 months old the first time I went camping. In my family we grew up with camping and fishing being a big part of our lives. then when I had children of my own I passed on the tradition and took my kids camping when they were babies, too. Now my kids are grown adults with no kids yet, but they still go camping and fishing a lot. I do too, or did when I was with my husband, till 5 months ago. So this year I didn't do any camping but I did get to go fishing a few times with some friends I made here. I moved to another province when I left my husband. So I don't think there is an appropriate age as it just depends on you. It is more work for you when the baby is so young, but if you can handle it so can the baby. Good luck, my friend.
• United States
20 Jul 08
I took my kids camping when they turned one year old. Younger than that is dangerous for them, health wise. The camp fire smoke, the cool evenings, bug sprays, etc. That can result in illness in a child younger than one. When we got our RV, we did take our youngest girl camping. Unfortunately, she stayed in the camper most of the time. I didn't want her to inhale camp smoke, and I didn't want her crawling around the campground. I was scared that she'd get cut on a piece of glass or something. WE didn't ground her to the camper, we did take her swimming, walking, bike rides, trails, etc. But when we were just at the camp, she was in the camper with me. I wasn't as much fun as it is now, but we were able to take her. She was about 10 months when she went. Our other children we took after they turned one, but we tent camped and I didn't want them sick. I hope this is helpful.
@jessej9 (394)
• Philippines
20 Jul 08
My first and last so far camping trip was when I was in 4th grade, I was about 11 at that time. It was my first and it was a great experience. It was there I experienced living in tents, cooking outdoors, and experiencing the outdoors! We had rappelling exercises and obstacle course training. About your other question, I think that babies and toddlers are too young to engage in camping, first of all it would just be a hassle for the guardians and second, I think they will not really appreciate the experience.
@mflower2053 (3227)
• United States
20 Jul 08
I think if your up for taking them then they should go toddlers would love to explore the area and babies like to eat everything they can get their little hands on so I would just be careful and watch out for spiders and snakes. Also make sure they have protection from the sun during the day and mosquitoes at night. They sell these ankle bracelets with the citronella and also bring the spray without deet. Depending on where your camping. You also have to watch them around the fire. We brought our daughter when she was about 18 months we had brought her before but this time when we went she was running around more and we had to keep telling her about the fire. Its a work out lol. Have fun and good luck.
@ellie333 (21029)
20 Jul 08
Hi Maxine, I think you can take any child at any age on a camping trip, I know there are photos in an album of my brother and I being very young in a tent that my parents took and they used to take the dog as well, we all used to have lots of fun and there would be open space to run around in and a paddle in the sea. I think it is up to the individual and whether they enjoy camping but the earlier in life you do take the children the more they will get used to and love the outdoors and travelling which is never a bad thing. Ellie :D
20 Jul 08
outdoor camping is a great/wonderful experience.. I was 13 when i join camping, as part of the boy scout training, during my highschool days; where i learn new things which i haven't learn from house.. meet new friends, leadership you'll gain, and most especially, the place :) thats a good thing... for me camping is for everybody; families, friends, neighbors, love ones, occasions.. Even toddlers, provided with great care to their parents..
@_sketch_ (5709)
• United States
20 Jul 08
I think that taking babies and toddlers camping is fine just as long as you keep a close eye on them, so they dont wander off alone and get lost. I would probably go during the summer though, so that it doesnt get too cold for your baby. Other than that I dont really see why not.
• Hyderabad, India
20 Jul 08
First good to respond to one of your posts. I think it is too young for toddlers to be on the camp. If they are 10 years and above it would be good because they can understand somethings in the camp. When i went to a camp (scout) i had good time and i was ten years old.
@laglen (19782)
• United States
20 Jul 08
My first camping trip that I remember I was about 4. I am not sure, I may have gone before that.My family is big on camping and we take our younguns. I don't think there is really an age as along as you can take care of them. 14 months isn't too young.
@kenzie45230 (3560)
• United States
20 Jul 08
I think you'll make a real campter out of your baby by taking the child camping so young. I think that's great! I was 21 when I first went camping with my husband back in 1973. We took my 8 year old sister with us. What an adventure that was for me, since the closest thing to camping I had done was go to church camp ten years before that. (Well, it was a rustic camp.) We didn't have a camper, but did real tent camping - and traveled through Michigan, Ohio, Pennsylvania, New York, Canada, then back to Michigan. I'm not sure I would recommend going tent camping for three weeks to anyone as a first time camping adventure, but it was fun.