Camping Advice from a Mommy Camper

This past week we took our little family camping. In tents. There’s something to be said for a bed that sits up off of the ground.. and walls.

We had a great time but learned some very valuable lessons that needed to be shared with all of you that might be considering camping with a small child(ren) in the near future.


1. Find out where the bathroom is in relation to your campsite before you go. This will save you a lot of walking, or as we called it, mini adventures.


2. Speaking of bathrooms – warn your children about the state that they might find the bathroom in and that words like “eww, gross, ” “I can’t go in there,” and “my pee doesn’t like this place,” might come out of their mouths. That’s expected.


3. Take lots of toys to keep the children busy – even if the camp site already has activities every hour, on the hour, they won’t be enough, because, it’s never enough.


4. S’mores. That is all.


5. Bring rubber boots, because, frogs.


6. Baby Wipes.


7. Make friends with your neighbours, and if they have children make your children be friends with them. (See number 3).


8. Take earplugs for bedtime. This will help you when you try and separate you and your new friend the neighbour with a sheet of vinyl and all he wants to do is tell his family and friends that he loves him… and him… and her.


9. Alcohol. (join in with number 8).


10. Have fun – Get dirty (baby wipes), swim, play, lie on the beach, drink with friends, go to the activities, play Frisbee, listen to music, catch frogs, and take a ton of pictures.

You’re camping!!

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3 Responses to Camping Advice from a Mommy Camper
  1. sarah
    August 12, 2013 | 7:54 pm

    Um you forgot the part where you scare the other kids in the park for lying to take the trolley rides….but it was fun, and look forward to it next year… the cabin….

  2. Farrah
    August 14, 2013 | 3:18 am

    I cannot cannot cannot wait until we can take the boys camping!!! However, I am equally excited at the idea of a) camping in a trailer and b) the occasional trip where dad takes the boys by himself 🙂

    Glad you had fun!

  3. Chase Howard
    September 16, 2013 | 3:45 pm

    Make sure that you bring an additional amount of supplies like a first aid kit just in case something should happen while you are camping. Always bring more supplies than you think you will need so that you can be better prepared if you run out of anything too soon. Bring food that is simple and easy to make like oatmeal, because all you need for that is some hot water and that’s it. Another thing that you can bring while you are on a camping trip is a hammock. We have used ours on many camping trips and it is great to sit under the stars as opposed to just staying in a tent.

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