Friday, August 20, 2010

Prepping!!!

We're getting ready for our yearly camping trip, and we can't be MORE excited. We know that going anywhere with our twin toddlers requires extra preparation and a camping trip is no different. This isn;t their first either, we've been going every year since before they were born, but it seems every trip serves up new challenges, and no matter how prepared you THINK you are, well, let's just leave it at that.

We plan to try and plan out each day of your campout to be sure that we have enough supplies, including clothes, a change of clothes since the first will most likely get dirty, wipes, and snacks that the gremlins are used to. Potable water, because hydration is a must, and of course warm clothing.. It's been known togo from 80's during the day to low 40's in the evening. 
Ofcourse we cannot forget  familiar items to help alleviate any anxiety they have about going on a camping trip, and their wagon.  MAN I love that little wagon, it was our saving grace last year.

A few tips if you plan on camping with your toddlers:


Sleeping with a Toddler while Camping

Toddlers are often used to their normal bedtime routine and may have difficulty sleeping in a new place. Don’t be afraid to bring a port-a-crib if you have room for it inside a tent, cabin, or camping trailer. Infants and toddlers may sleep better if given their own space and parents will sleep better knowing that their child is in a safe place during the night.
Many toddlers become afraid as the sun goes down because they are not used to being outside after dark. If possible, bring a small flashlight to let your toddler use after dark in addition to the larger ones used by mom and dad (we found these cute farm animal ones that are super kid friendly).  Toddlers will feel more secure being in control of the darkness by holding their own flashlight.


Comfort items that your toddler uses for bedtime such as a special blanket, stuffed animal, or pillow should be brought to make bedtime as close to normal as possible. If your toddler is used to falling asleep with a bedtime story bring a familiar children’s book with you on your camping trip.
Some toddlers who have difficulty falling asleep on a camping trip can be lulled to sleep by the movement of the car. A quick scenic drive around the area may help your toddler fall asleep peacefully and allow you to gently lift him into his bed for the night. Toddlers may feel more comfortable sleeping as close to mom or dad as possible and having access to their flashlight throughout the night. A small flashlight hung from the top of the tent and left on makes a wonderful nightlight during a camping trip.


Toddler Friendly Camping Activities

  • Toddlers love being outside, and some of the simplest outdoor activities will thrill them during a camping trip. Give your toddler a container to start a rock collection since they will most likely find rocks that are not available closer to home. 
  • Go on a short hike to explore new areas. If hiking is too tiring for your toddler, try using an infant carrier such as the Ergo baby carrier or a toddler backpack to allow them to enjoy the hike without wearing themselves out (unless that's the plan and you go before nap time). 
  • Build a campfire and roast hot dogs and marshmallows or make foil dinners. Reading books or telling stories around the campfire is a wonderful family activity and can often help toddlers wind down before bedtime.
Camping is a wonderful family activity that will create family memories that will last a lifetime and expose toddlers to new places and experiences. Enjoying the outdoors as a family is a healthy activity that will encourage a healthy lifestyle for the long term and help toddlers develop new interests and hobbies. Don’t be afraid to take your toddler camping with you. While it does require some extra planning and there may be a few moments of frustration, you will help your family draw closer together and be able to enjoy each other away from the stress of everyday life.



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1 comment:

  1. Have a fun and safe trip! Smore's were always my favorite on camping trips!!

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