With only three weeks to go until we head to Woodford Folk Festival our camping equipment is getting piled up. However this year we are taking a little lady who will be 8 months old with us. Roy and I have our standard bits and pieces in the pile but do we need to take extra things for Isla.  We camp out for eight nights at the site, this will be my ninth year attending and I feel like a bit of a Woodford veteran. Yet Roy has been to every single Woodford – yes even the ones in Maleny. Knowing what to expect at the festival is great but we have never done it with a little one in tow.

I can’t wait to go this year. I now have an excuse to go to the kids festival area and check it out. Isla is going to have a great time.

Roy and I did a practice camp last weekend for a night to see what else we may need to pack or take. I feel our list is lacking a little. I want to take everything Isla needs including her jolly jumper so she can have bounce to her heart’s content – she loves that thing.

I have a porta cot for Isla to sleep in, a plastic flexi tub for washing her in yet how many toys should I take? We are away from home for eight nights, are there any tricks I should be aware of? I always take her snuggle blanket for overnighters so she has something that smells like home with her. Oh, we are also organising some baby ear muffs to cover those sensitive ears from the loud music. Though last year she kicked like crazy to the bagpipes of all things.


Yes that is our tent, cool isn’t it. The only thing it is lacking is windows for ventilation but its super waterproof and only has one pole.

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Lizzie Moult

Lizzie Moult

Planning, cooking, chasing kids & running an online business; it might seem like there is a lot going on. Yet Lizzie is all about living simply and creating a flexible lifestyle that enables plenty of travel, adventure and quality time. A lifestyle writer and photographer for over 10 years for numerous publications, working online for over 14 years Lizzie also works as a mentor for women who are looking to create and live a life with passion & purpose at www.lizziemoult.com.

6 Responses

  1. I’ve camped with young kids and it’s great although very exhausting when they are walking. The porta cot is great for their afternoon nap under a tree….the tent will be way too hot for her to have a sleep. Take a spray bottle so you can put water in it because if it’s hot you can spray (light mist) over your face and feet and it cools you down immediately (great for parents and kids). Her snuggle blanket would be a good idea and also some toys to put in her cot so when you guys are setting up camp she can play in the cot and be safe while you get settled. Lots of sun cream and a good hat. An Umbrella (but you guys are veterans) and it’s been known to rain while the festival is on. Garbage bags large ones for rubbish and/or putting dirty clothes in. Car charger for your mobile phones. Her togs so if it’s hot she can sit in the tub of water and splash and give her a plastic cup to fill up and tip out water. Have a great time…..Regards Kathy A, Brisbane

    1. Kathy, you have pulled up with some great ones again. Thank you. Spray bottle will go on the list for sure now. I will have to check out some umbrella’s too. As Roy and I just wear poncho’s so will be interesting how to cater for Isla with that. Isla is almost walking now so the porta cot outside might be the way to go so she can play in the shade while we set up. Cheers.

  2. It was a few years ago now but we camped with a baby. It was at Seal Rocks in Northern NSW, by the ocean. We did not spend much time in the tent, except at night & spent most of the days at the beach under an umbrella & in the water keeping cool & also exploring the area. We did our cooking on an open fire that we made with rocks after our cooker stopped working.
    It was that hot we even slept on the beach one night with the baby & it was such a beautiful night & bubs loved it, so good. All I can recommend is to have mosquito repellent & netting, lots of water, plenty of sunscreen, hats, & one other thing that I swear by is sarongs. They can be used for a multitude of things besides a piece of clothing, like carrying bubs around in a sling. Lots of ice in the esky or whatever you use, face washers to wet & cool baby with & find a shady spot under a tree. Have a great time. Deborah

  3. A mossie net of some kind for the top of the portacot when she’s outside, and a first aid kit that contains some sort of sooting lotion incase a bite happens! All weather clothing …just in case. Is there a good water supply? You might want to take some just in case.

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