Tin Box Baby playing during our North Devon caravan weekend - caravanning with a baby
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Five essential items for caravanning with a baby

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It’s difficult enough for new parents to remember their own heads when packing for a trip away with a little person. But there are a few items that we couldn’t have done without in our first year as a Tin Box family, particularly during our initial weekends and longer holidays caravanning with a baby. Read on to find out what made it onto our essential packing list.

You might also like to read about my essential items for caravanning with a toddler and my must-have items for travelling with a baby and toddler.

Caravanning with a baby – five things you must pack

Here’s our run down of five essential pieces of equipment to pack when you are taking a caravanning break with a baby.

Caravanning with a baby - flexibucket bath

Flexibucket

Even the tiniest of babies quickly outgrow the bathroom sink in a caravan. Rather than try to fit a rigid baby bath into Tin Box we spent a couple of quid on a Flexibucket, which fulfils the job of bathtub brilliantly. It’s also a perfect fit for our circular shower tray and provides extra storage while not full of bubbles and ducks.

Storage baskets

These were ideal for sorting out Tin Box Tot’s extensive wardrobe of tiny garments. This is a must if you want to make it easy to find clean vests and sleep suits in the middle of the night. We bought four baskets of about 20cm by 30cm, which fit snuggly into one of the overhead lockers.

Sleeping bags

You can never have too many baby sleeping bags*. Tin Box Tot used to go through two the first night of every trip. We usually opt for 1 tog in the summer and 2.5 in the winter. Grobags always seemed to work best for us because they were so easy to fasten, even when Tot and Baby were fast asleep.

Cold water bottle steriliser

The majority of our weekends away are off electic. So even if we could find a steam steriliser small enough to fit in our tiny microwave, we wouldn’t be able to use it. Our cold water steriliser was light weight and so simple to use.

Floor seat and tray

Caravan seating and gangways aren’t designed for highchairs or the travel equivalents. We’ve got around this by putting Tin Box Tot in a floor seat. It isn’t the most social of options at dinner time when we’d be at the table but when space is at a premium a full high chair just isn’t an option. NB floor seats should not be put on raised surfaces.
Caravanning with a baby - floor seat
We had a Mamas & Papas Baby Snug Seat which came with an optional activity tray. It was very easy to clean and had a a coloured insert seat to support the girls when they were tiny. This could be removed as they grew giving the seat a longer lifespan.

What about a baby cot?

We could never find a travel cot to fit in our touring caravans so we had to be inventive. Find out about our caravan beds for babies and toddlers.

We’d love to hear about your essential items for caravanning with a baby.

Here’s some more posts about caravanning with a baby or toddler, plus lots of tips on things to pack in your tin box:

Essentials for caravanning with a toddler

Caravan packing list

Camping games for families

Tips for surviving road trips with young children

Self catering holiday packing list

Must-haves for travelling with babies and toddlers

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