This is one for all those toddler bikepackers out there.
Now that summer’s arrived, we’re preparing for out first multi-day campout with Sage. Our plan is to carry our usual lightweight bikepacking gear, with a hitch on each bike so we can alternate pulling the Chariot CX1 trailer – which has a reasonable amount of stowage space to supplement our framebags.
Sage is now just over 6 months, and has been riding in the Chariot since he was 10 weeks old. Terrain will be a mix of quiet paved roads and well surfaced dirt roads. Distances will be short, with lots of playtime scheduled for Sage.
3/4 length Thermarest
Down sleep sack by The Milk and Honey Co (ours is a prototype model, with a lightweight synthetic shell)
Patagonia down sweater jacket with Nui merino hat and mittens (in case it’s chilly at night)
2 x changes of clothes
Sun Day Afternoon sun hat
Diapers. Normally we use cloth diapers. On this occasion we’ll use disposables, but we’re investigating gDiaper hybrids, with biodegradable inserts for travelling.
Zinc cream (for his butt)
Hylands homeopathic teething tablets (work really well)
Think Baby suncream
A few of his favourite toys
Small blanket to play on
Sage is still predominantly breast feeding. We’ll also take avocados and bananas (easy to mash and liked by everyone), plus homemade frozen butternut squash and peas (to be eaten on the first day), with a couple of Happy Baby organic food pouches. Eating accessories include bib, washcloth, wooden baby spoon and Kleen Kanteen Sippy Cup for water (which he’s learning to use by himself, clever boy).
We’re taking a Boba Air baby carrier, which packs small and weighs 320g – handy for carrying Sage while pitching the tent or walking around.
Chariot CX, with a hitch on each bike. We’ve added sealant to the inner tubes for goatheads, thorns and cacti.
Disclosure. Bike Shop Hub is an Affiliate of this site, which means I received a small percentage if you purchase a trailer (or anything else) through this link. Right now, they’re offering great sale prices on 2011/2012 Chariot trailers, with 25-35% discounts on all models. We went for the top-of-the-line CX and it’s doing us well (the removable side panels are great for the summer heat). Note the Cougar is cheaper, with the same excellent suspension system and chassis that makes it so well suited to dirt road travel. Here’s a preliminary review with our first impressions.
If anyone has any baby camping tips, please let me know!