Is anyone else here an avid camper? What are your tips and strategies for camping with toddlers?
I love to camp! I don't go near enough though. When DD was 1 we went with 2 other couples who's kids were basically the same age. I took both the kids last summer, so DD was 10 and DS was 1. DD and I have gone a couple other times too. DH doesn't like to camp lol.
Things I would recommend- research your campground! (If you tend to go "away" to camp) I have a great book called "Camping With Kids" however the areas covered are only British Columbia and Alberta(Canada), so you may be able to find somethign similar specific to your area.
Choose one with a nice playground. And a nice beach if you are near the water. Paved roads through the grounds are nice so the kids can ride a trike or rollerblade. Get a spot near the bathrooms. Pick a place with flush toilets. I'm not a huge fan of pit toilets, and I think my mom passed along a bit of her fear that one day we would fall in! Choose a campground that's not too far from civilization, because chances are you will have forgotten something, or you'll want to get supplies from a store that won't gouge you Also with kids, it's nice to be near a place that can deal quickly with a potential emergency.(I had to take my ex to the hospital when we went camping once!) Consider what else is around, just in case of rain, is there any tourist attractions that would keep the kids busy, or a McD's with a playground for just in case days?
Take enough toys to keep them busy. Lots of outdoor trucks, shovels, pails, etc. When DD was little, the best toy for her was this Little Tikes baby carriage. The kids loved it! And anything ride-on. A bug-catching kit.
The usuals like bug spray, sunscreen, etc. plus rainy day stuff. Depending on whether you camp in a tent(like me!) or an RV, maybe you'd like a portable DVD player just in case.
With little ones, probably not too long a trip is best, maybe only 3 days. Like a long weekend. Although with kids I kind of like going mid-week, just because there are not so many partiers. It's more families.
Most of all, have fun! Don't stress too much. Camping with kids can be exhausting, but it can also be a lot of fun! Sit back, and watch them discover everything. Older kids can be given a disposable camera to record their trip(something I recommend for all trips, not just camping).
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I know, I rarely post here anymore...but we LOVE camping. We usually are up in the mountains...mostly dirt and tree terrain.
My kids are currently 9y, 6y, 4y, and 20 months.
I bring a booster seat to put at the picnic table so I can strap my youngest in during meal times. (often the tables are too table for them)
Bring lots of extra wipes (quick wipe downs are essentially after playing in the dirt so much.
I bring a pack-n-play....it's nice to confine them to an area while cooking, etc...
Warm clothes for the evening and early morning hours.
Toys that can be washed easily (or wiped down well).
I have not gone camping since having children, but we are planning to go this summer.