Happy Campers: Camping with Toddlers.1:45 PM
Over the last couple of years Joe has gotten very active (me not so much but that's another topic for another post). And while I'm not the most active or athletic mama I know, as a kid up through my early adult years, I was. As a kid we went on long bike rides, camped, and constantly had picnics (complete with kickball) at the lake. My dad was a sports fanatic so we'd play tennis, basketball, softball, etc. So when Joe declared that he wanted us to be an "active" family, I was all about it. Did I realize at the time, that active = sleeping in a tent with two little animals (known as Genevieve and Nadia) + waking up with the sunrise at 5:00 am? No...no, I didn't. But it's all good. We survived. Wanna know how?
My takeaways for camping with toddlers
(some of this advice is relevant for camping in general).
Make sure your camp ground has activities suitable for kids. Ours had mini golf, basketball courts, hay rides, and parks.
|A-38 was literally across the road from the bathroom. Score.|
This brings me to my next point:Camping is a great activity to do with friends or family. We went with Joe's sister and brother and their families. So the cousins kept each other entertained as well.
this one) are great, in some ways I think there was so much on it we ignored that we didn't end up catching all the relevant stuff.
Bring lots of food. Duh. Roasting food and eating fun snacks is an activity in my book. I might have forgotten some stuff but I had the muddy buddy chex mix and sticky popcorn ready!
We're a bit too early for camping! ha! I'm sure everyone we told already knew that. And deep down we knew it too. At least I did. But we were so excited about going and didn't want to wait another couple of years. But next year? I'm thinking cottages on the beach. Who's with me?
That said sleep deprivation notwithstanding, we had a great time! It's so nice to get away with people you live near but don't get quality time with as often as you'd like. We were on the cape so it's a beautiful setting; the beach was awesome and the food was delish. We might have been a bit early but the memories we made were priceless.
I think that's it....Have you gone camping with little ones? Did I forget anything?