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Packing, packing, packing — that’s what our Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday felt like last week. We unpacked and repacked our tent-trailer since we hadn’t used it in almost 2 years. Everything needed a good cleaning.
Then we packed up clothing, toiletry items, kitchen gear, camp food, flashlights, and oh so much kid gear. We car camp so we can bring the extra conveniences as long as there is room in the truck bed. So, we packed it all in, unsure of what we’d use, but certain we wanted it available (even if we were only camping a hour from our home). By 7 (yes, 7 p.m.!) we were off to meet our friends at the campground.
We were greeted by a chorus of children yelling “Vivianne!” when we arrived. After the trailer was backed into place, she quickly left us to join the other kiddos ranging from ages 3 to 9. They played ALL weekend long, napped hard, slept through the night — it was glorious.
My husband, younger daughter, and I joined the other families already gathered around the fire pit with the small children, 1 to 2 years old. These are the hard camping years, when you want your young one to explore and learn, yet keep them safe at the same time.
We all struggled at one point or another with our younger kids between nap schedules, the varied crawling/walking stages, and the tendency to put everything in their mouths. Here is some of the gear I found that helped contain, entertain and lull our littles to sleep this weekend.