After three summers without s’mores or hot chocolate, we finally burst back onto the camping scene this week! How did we manage camping with a six-week-old baby and an almost-three-year old? We cheated.
Instead of pitching the tent and stringing tarps across tree trunks in case of rain, we simply rented a yurt. What is a yurt, you say? It’s a rustic shelter that makes “roughing it” outdoors a bit less rough. Ours housed bunk beds, a small table, and two chairs.
It means you don’t have to pack or pitch a tent—or deal with airing out wet tarps after the trip. The yurt also provides soundproofing between you and the other campers when your baby screams at 2am. Plus, since yurts come with insulation and heat, renting one can stretch the camping season to year round here in Oregon.
It felt great to give our son a sense of the outdoors without feeling too overwhelmed by the prep or cleanup. And since we wanted to start small, we just went for one night and made it back happy and looking forward to our next mini-trip.
Have you made it outdoors this summer for a camping adventure with baby? Please share or adventures (or misadventures) with us! For more information on heading outside with baby, check Outdoors Baby, a great website full of ideas for people who are far braver than we.