Monday, June 27, 2011

Camping with Kids- TIP 1, 2, and 3

I love to camp and I love the beach!!!!  After our trip to California we will be coming back and leaving a few short days later for camping, which makes me so excited!  I love everything about it!!!  We live in MI and are fortunate enough to be able to camp near one of the great lakes so I get to do 2 things I love at once..we spend the days at the beach and mornings and evenings at our campsite.

Since my husband and I have been married we have camped even with babies(and can I say we had 4 children by the time we were married 3 years and 8 months) and in our almost ten years of camping with children we have always had the most fun time. 

I want to share some tips with you to make your camping experience as fun as ours!

TIP 1 SIMPLIFY

Keep it Simple!!!  As I talk about camping with children this is the #1 thing to remember...Simplify, Simplify, Simplify!!!

TIP 2  TRY TO KEEP REGULAR SCHEDULE

Try to stick with your at home schedule as much as possible..yes you are going to have some late nights camping, but if your children take naps at home then you need to make time for them when you are camping too!

TIP 3  CAMPING SHELF/BIN

Since the first 2 are obvious at least to me the 3rd one is a little more ingenuitve.  I have a camping shelf, now you could use a bin kor whatever works for you.  This shelf/bin is used all year to collect clothes.  Clothes with stains that won't come out, pants with holes in the knees, clothes that are just plain worn out....it is these clothes I use when I pack to go camping.  I cut pants into cutoffs and I make as many outfits as I can for them to take camping.  This way I don't worry about them getting dirty...if my children want to tromp down a muddy creek go for it, if they want to draw with stick sin the dirt they can....becasue guess what I don't care if their clothes get dirty or not.  It takes a lot of stress off when you don't care about whether they are getting dirty or not, and this might sound horrible those clothes never come home with me.  They happily make there way to the dumpster and guess what that means no laundry when you get home except towels and bathing suits and your clothes becasue typically I don't have very many clothes ont he camping shelf.  I don't even wash the sleeping bags I do that before we go camping so I can sleep in freshly cleaned sleeping bag not stored for the better part of the year sleeping bag. 

Tomorrow's Tip is going to be about Meals!!!


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1 comment:

  1. We just got back from a family camping trip. We had a blast, but I find it so difficult to tent camp with a 2 1/2 year old and an 11 month old. We're in close quarters, so if one wakes up crying at night, so do the rest of us. Plus it rained the last night we were there and had a leaky tent, so everything got wet. But, even so, camping is such a fun experience for kids. Thanks for the great tip about the clothes. Looking forward to hearing your other tips!

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