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Camping With Kiddos..How This Mama Survives

Camping with littles: how our family survives!

It’s summer in the land of 10,000 lakes.  Camping is a normal thing to do as well as grilling, swimming, and bonfires; but how do you still enjoy these activities after you have kids?!

I grew up in a family where we only rented a cabin 1 time a year, but I married into a family that leaves a camper on one of the many Minnesota lakes all summer long.  So I knew I was going to have to figure out a system to survive many weekends away with limited space and kids.

We have a 3 month old a 7 year old. Planning ahead has been my game changer! Buying what groceries we can during our normal shopping trip for the week and packing a day or two ahead of time. I’m sure some of you are thinking how in the world do you think that far ahead?  

Here is how:


Try to have your trips away planned at least 1 week ahead of time. This allows you to sit down and figure out how long you’ll be away. Including what groceries and how many pairs of clothes each person in your household needs. (Plan for accidents, spills, messes and pack a few extra clothes!)


Give yourself some time to actually pack! Set aside an hour or two the day or two before you are suppose to leave! This will help you not forget the important things like toothbrushes and underwear! (Make a list to make sure you don’t miss anything!)


One other big thing we do for our 7 year old is let him pack his backpack of toys, that way he knows what toys he is bringing and the he can’t complain that he is bored while on vacation. 


Last but not least allow yourself to enjoy your time away! Its your vacation too!

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