Camping with Kids-First trip of the season under our belts

We hardly rough it. We have a choice between an RV or a 22 foot travel trailer with air conditioning and enough beds for all of us. We pick and choose which we’re going to use depending on the location and campsite we’re going to so they both get an equal amount of use. When we’re not using the trailer, we park it in the backyard and we put on some RV Covers when we aren’t using the camper so it doesn’t get rusty sat outside. This year, we picked the trailer as we would need to be on the road more and it would be easier to get to and from the site in the car.

When we camp, we don’t even use sleeping bags, but instead sleep with sheets and comforters. So I won’t pretend camping is a struggle, but with two children under the age of three, there are challenges. Aside from the typical “what do I pack for 70 and cloudy? shorts? bathing suits” to “how many diapers do I think I will need” there are also questions like “how do I get my two-year-old to nap in the camper” and “what can I do about the 40 mosquito bites my kids has?” I’m living it and answering all those questions.

Our first trip out as a family of four with two dogs was actually last October when my youngest was barely three months and I was freaking out a little bit about nursing at night in our camper. Turns out I didn’t need to worry too much since a skunk and our dogs cut our trip short. Though the linger clean up went on much longer than it should have. So our real first trip as a family of four happened over Memorial Day weekend to a campground in Canada…the Pinery in Grand Bend to be exact.

There were some trying moments. I mean, our 10-month old won’t sleep unless it’s pitch black outside. And, just in case you didn’t know, the sun comes up before 6 a.m. these days. So, she got up too. There were mornings of crying and begging her to please sleep for another hour. And there were mornings of her Mama taking her for long walks so Daddy and the pre-schooler could get some extra sleep. But that happens, even at home, so we got through it.

There was a poop-blow out incident involving my two-year-old. Yikes. Let’s just say it’s not easy to clean up a messy kid in a shower when the number one rule is DON’T TOUCH ANYTHING!

But we are through it and moving on to more camping adventures. Including this weekend. Back at the Pinery. Maybe I should write about why we love it. Hmmm. Stay tuned.

Courtney Lawless

Courtney is the traveling mom! She has 3 girls and is the founder of Detroit Mommies and currently lives in Florida. You can follow her on Twitter @courtneyRVL.

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