Camping is great, but with a one-year-old, I’m not quite ready to do it with kids. Instead, I rented a small cabin in Hocking Hills State Park and we glamped for the weekend. Glamping, in case you’re not familiar, is a combination of glamour and camping. It’s a nice way of saying you’re not rugged enough to rough it in nature.
Traveling to new cities has always been easy for me. Cities have restaurants, movie theaters, and all the usual conveniences of home. But cities don’t have everything. It’s so important, especially with little ones, to make time for the great outdoors: camping, climbing, hiking, stargazing, or whatever else you love about nature. I love it all and Hocking Hills is a short drive from our house in Ohio making it a convenient way to get a weekend of hiking in with Jimmy.
Get the gear: You can’t take a baby hiking and expect him to walk the trails. Even toddlers likely need some help, depending on how difficult the paths are. I went with the Osprey Poco AG Child Carrier. Osprey makes great quality backpacks and their baby carrier line is excellent. Before you make the investment, try it on with your little one sitting in it. You’re still supported a kid on your back so make sure you’re comfortable with that much weight for a longer period of time. In the picture of Jimmy and I below, I can only hold him for about 30 minutes. After that, I need to pass him along to my husband.
Find the right cabin: Hocking Hills has a variety of cabin options for any number of people and type of cabin you’d like. You can check them out here. When you’re renting a cabin or from somewhere like Airbnb, be sure to always check the notes for any baby or kid-friendly notes. I’ve seen plenty of private home rentals with open-edge balconies or other unsafe elements. Avoiding these will prevent a serious headache while you’re on vacation!
And most importantly, go with the flow: Camping trips are nice because you won’t have any timed commitments, like a dinner reservation. Figure out what you want to accomplish before you set out for the weekend, but beyond that, there’s no need to spend much time planning for a quick weekend away. It’s okay to change your plans on a whim and do whatever feels right. Remember, little ones aren’t always up for the activities you might prefer doing so it’s important to stay flexible and enjoy the trip!