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Old 07-07-2011, 08:45 AM
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Default Taking the family camping this weekend... any tips?

I have camped all my life, my family... not so much.

We are going to car camp at RMNP for a few days this weekend. Tent camp. I have the meals covered, but I was wondering what you guys might suggest to keep the little guy and my bride entertained and having a good time?

Dax is a little over 2 and is stoked about going.

We plan on hiking (him in a backpack carrier), throwing rocks into the lake (on of Dax's favorites) and lounging around.

I would like the first trip to be a hit so that it might encourage the to get out into the woods a little more.

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Old 07-07-2011, 08:51 AM
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Maybe I should clarify, any specific trails to hike that are family friendly? We may go out to eat one night in Estes, and we will spend time at bear lake. We will try to track down some elk for the boy to see, and I plan on brining ice cream for both of them!
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Old 07-07-2011, 09:21 AM
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Sounds like you have a great plan already. I have nothing to add other than making sure to have some hot dogs and smores to roast over the campfire if there's no fire restrictions.
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Old 07-07-2011, 09:26 AM
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I've never camped up in RMNP, so I can't make any suggestions there, but I started tent camping with Madeline at 2. It's a lot of fun. An air mattress for the little one, or a lot of blankets and padding underneath helps 'em sleep--which as you know is key to everyone's enjoyment, a tarp laid out on the ground with toys is good, cause they get really really dirty and I found that while we can sit in a camp chair and eat our dinner out of the plate, that is extremely difficult for a little one--so a table is good. Have fun and take lots of pics for the memories
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bug juice, lots of it.

diaper/handy wipes - indespensible

let them climb every rock they see and pick every flower

rain gear - good luck getting them to stay in it. problem is they aren't developed (brains) and they get cold/wet - if it gets constant wet, bug out.

oh - and bring tons of patience and dilligence.
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cause they get really really dirty
Isn't that what camping with little ones is all about?

With that in mind, extra clothes and shoes are a very good thing to have. We usually pack 3 pairs of shoes and twice the clothes we think we'll need for each boy.
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Old 07-07-2011, 12:26 PM
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Pack n play? Sometimes it's nice to put toddlers in a clean, safe place where they can be preoccupied while the parents are making dinner or trying to relax in their chairs and take a moment with each other.

x2 on bug juice, and rain/wet weather gear. And lots of extra clothes and warm clothes (for both Dax and Stacey).
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We have a huge tent that we bought just so we could haul a pack n play for our little ones. Now they have camped so much that they have no memories of their first time sleeping in a sleeping bag.

Bring some toys and some books to read to them. Also, give her her own flashlight. Kids love flashlights.
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A PET toilet and private potty location was a big hit with my wife.

Also a blow up mattress, regular sheets and a down comforter...big enough for all to lay down together and look up at the stars...
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Partial hijack! Any suggestions for good car/family camping spots
within an hour or 2 drive from Boulder? RMNP is great but often
booked way in advance. I've yet to find a great car-accessible site
in the Indian Peaks - but I know there are some there somewhere.

Rezarf: thanks again for dropping off the bench seat. As others have
said: lots of hand wipes, more warm clothes than you think you'll need,
try to get everyone to treat it as an adventure rather than just like
home...

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