3 Night Backpacking With A Toddler – Gear Guide

July 17, 2023

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Here is everything we brought on a 4 day, 3 night backpacking trip with our 2.5 year toddler.

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Trip: Juan De Fuca Trail, Vancouver Island, British Columbia (In and Out to Mystic & Bear Beach)
Length: 4 days, 3 nights
Temperatures: 20°C/68°F daytime high, 10°C/50°F nighttime low
Precipitation: None
Dates: June 27-June 30th, 2023
Distance: Day 1- 2km, Day 2- 7km, Day 3- 7km, Day 4- 2km

Camping Gear


His: Stone Glacier Sky 5900
Hers: Gregory Deva 70

Here are some other great options:
Osprey Ariel 65 (This used to be my go-to pack)
Gregory Amber 65
Gregory Baltoro 65


We have had our MSR Hubba Hubba 2 person tent for many years now. We can sleep with 2 adults and 1 small toddler quite easily in it. We will likely need a lightweight 3 person tent as she grows.

Here are some other great options:
Big Agnes Copper Spur HV UL 2-Person Tent
•Nemo Dagger OSMO 3-Person Tent
Sea To Summit Telos TR2 2-Person Tent

Sleeping Gear

Pads: Therm-a-rest NeoAir® Topo™ Luxe Sleeping Pad. Aster and I slept together on this. We have a regular wide version and it’s perfect for the two of us. Reid slept on a Therm-a-rest NeoAir® XTherm™ NXT MAX Sleeping Pad overtop of a Therm-a-rest Z-lite. We couple them together with a Therm-a-rest Synergy Coupler.

Therm-a-rest Vela™ Double 32F/0C Quilt

Therm-a-rest Corus™ 32F/0C Quilt

MEC Camp Pillow. Aster and I each had one.

Therm-a-Rest Air Head Down Pillow

Cooking Gear & Food

MSR Pocket Rocket Stove Kit + fuel + lighter
Bowls from the MSR Stove Kit above
Sea to Summit Collapsible Bowl
MSR folding forks
Sea to Summit utensil set
GSI Outdoors Infinity Backpacker Mugs x3
Hydroflask Large
Kuju Coffees (2 a day for Reid and 1 a day for me)
Nuun Sport Hydration Tablets
Sawyer Water Filter
Platypus Water Bladders
Small cotton reusable wipes

Check out my blog post – 3 Night Backpacking Meal Plan With a Toddler – to see everything that we brought for food on this trip.




Fjallraven Abisko Trekking Tights HD
Under Armour Long Sleeve Sun Shirt x2
Lululemon High Neck Tank Top
Hiking Shorts (from Homesense, no idea the brand)
Smartwool hiking socks
New Balance Sports Bra


MEC T3 Tights
MEC T2 Shirt


Arc’teryx Cerium Hoody
New Balance Fleece
Campbrand Goods Ribbed Hat
Patagonia Rain Jacket


Zamberlan 996 Vioz Gore-Tex Backpacking Boots
MEC down booties


Winnebago Dad Hat
MEC Gaitors
Kula Cloth



WeeWoollies Baselayer. Aster wore the one she woke up in to hike for the day
Smartwool socks


WeeWoollies Baselayer. Fresh one for each night so she didn’t smell like food in the tent.
1 Carter’s Fleece Onsie. This came off as soon as she woke up (and we put on her full fleece suit for the morning) so that this would remain clean for then next night.
Jan and Jul Beanie (use domcarson2410 for a discount on Jan and Jul)
Miles the Label Merino Beanie

If she were younger, she would have worn her Morrison Outdoors Mini Mo Sleeping bag but we need a size up and haven’t bought one yet. I highly recommend one though. Use code DOMCARSON10 for 10% off.


Jan and Jul Fleece Bunting Suit (use domcarson2410 for a discount on Jan and Jul)
Jan and Jul Thin-lined Rain Suit
Patagonia Down Jacket


New Balance Runners
Walmart Rain Boots
Jan and Jul Fleece Booties (use domcarson2410 for a discount on Jan and Jul)


Jan and Jul Sunnies
Jan and Jul Hat



MEC Hiking pants
Smartwool T-shirt
Kuiu Long Sleeve T-Shirt


Kuiu Full Zip Wool Leggings
Kuiu Heavy Weight Long Sleeve
Sitka Core Heavy Weight Hoody
Smartwool Socks


Firstlite Synthetic Down Jacket
Kuiu Rain Jacket


Scarpa GTX Hiking Boots


Cabela’s Gaitors

Safety Items/Other

Garmin In Reach
Petzl Headlamp
Mineral Sunscreen
Bear Spray & Holster
Bug Spray
Trail Magik
Medical Kit & a homemade safety kit with kid medicine (tylenol, benadryl, an epi pen, etc)


Diapers. We brought 4 per day which we didn’t need but it was nice to have a buffer. If she were younger, I would have brought more, but she is somewhat potty trained at this point which is nice.
Bum Balm
Toothbrushes & Toothpaste

Camera Gear

Sony a7iii + Sony 35m 1.4 GM
Sirui Tripod
Cotton Carrier StrapShot
IPhone 14

Check out my Ultimate Guide to Camping With Babies Blog if you’re looking to get started heading out with your little one!

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