Traveling while you’re pregnant can be both fun yet frightening, so as camping! There’s something really relaxing about the nature. Waking up to the sight of trees, mountains, rivers, and some animals at a distance is one of the best experiences ever! But there’s some risks you have to face. You’re going to be out there in the wild, far from your home or your doctor’s clinic. It’s less likely that you will have access to Wi-Fi, a convenient restroom, a nice, comfortable bed, and all the comforts of your home. Plus, you could be exposed to illness-causing bugs that can harm both you and your baby!
But just because you’re pregnant doesn’t mean you can no longer go out and have some adventure. Camping while you’re carrying your precious little one inside is possible, as long as you follow important safety practices. Here are the camping essentials that should keep you safe, comfortable, and stress-free:
Multipurpose Tarp – a tarp is a lightweight, flexible and easy to pack material that is a must when camping. You will never know what awaits you in the camp site. It could rain. The most basic use of a tarp is to protect the bottom of your tent from stones, sticks and other debris that can rip the base of your tent. Tarps make an excellent cover for your belongings and equipment too, and a nice sleeping shelter. It’s also great at blocking wind in your campsite.
Distilled Water – when you’re pregnant, the more water your body needs. While drinking water is likely available in camp parks, you don’t want to take the risk. The water may not come from the cleanest source so it’s better to bring your own. Bring more than you think you need as you will be at a higher altitude and a little more active.
Air Mattress – one of the most common pregnancy problems is sleeping. You never want to be sleeping on the ground especially on your second or third trimester. Bringing an air mattress is a great way to get a good sleep in the camp site, which you and your baby needs every single night.
Bug Spray – there could be lots of mosquitoes lurking in your campsite. When you’re pregnant, the more you should avoid getting bitten. Mosquitoes carry bacteria that can expose your child to long-term health defects so make sure you are protected! Apply as often as needed. Use DEET-free bug spray. You want to lessen the use of chemicals when you’re pregnant.
Hygiene Kit – this should include sanitizing wipes, hand sanitizer, alcohol, sunscreen, tissue, and some first-aid items. Keeping yourself protected from germs and bacteria should be your number one priority when you’re travelling.
Food and Snacks – if you’re following a pregnancy diet or have meal restrictions, it is important to pack your own food. You are probably in the stage of your life when you’re the hungriest! So, do bring healthy snacks and easy-to-prepare food like sandwiches or wraps. Your stash should be separate from everyone else. You want nutritious and filling food when you’re pregnant. Don’t forget to bring a trail mix of roasted nuts and dried fruits. They are great, easy snacks that will give you energy throughout those exhausting hikes.
Comfortable Chair – you easily get tired when you’re pregnant and that’s normal. You can’t be standing for long periods of time. You want to carry a sling-back camp chair with leg rest for the times you need some break. There might be some tree stumps to sit on in the campsite but they may not feel comfortable (not to mention they could be covered with dirt). It’s a cheap investment and you could use it practically anywhere, even when you’re just in your backyard and looking to breathe in some fresh air.
Camp and Be Safe!
Don’t worry too much on your camping trip. As long as you have all these essentials, you should be fine. Just remember to be gentle on yourself. If you feel like you need a nap, go for it. If you can’t take that hiking trail, then don’t. If you’re feeling hungry, eat. If anything feels uncomfortable or painful, let your spouse and companions know. Be sure to bring your vitamins, supplements, or any medications prescribed by your doctor. Camp near a bathroom. Going to the bathroom when you’re in the wild can be difficult most especially for pregnant women. Get the right tent to start with. You want to be comfortable, safe and sound.
In a few months you will be nursing a newborn and would pretty much be staying at home. It will be challenging but definitely rewarding. You may not be able to camp for the first few months or years when your baby is born. So, take time to go out and have fun. Travel and enjoy the outdoors!