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Can you really camp with children?

May 2, 2010

Here we were camping in Maine- a far cry from camping with 3,000 people. Birch is pretending to be on a walkie-talkie.

It occurred to me tonight that we missed our annual spring camping with 3,000 people in North Carolina for Merlefest– a bluegrass festival. Shhh please….. thankfully, I think my husband forgot!

Last time we went, I was 6 months pregnant and we had our toddler Birch. Being pregnant, I was at the portapotties all night. With no toilet paper to speak of, I got a  terrible rash that put me in the emergency room along with a pierced ear drum (that was not from the portapotties).  Oh, and it rained most of the time…and our son kept leaving our campground to visit other people’s more interesting stakeouts with toys and burgers, and we had to keep hauling him back, crying.  And the last straw, my husband was out playing music on most nights, so I was left in the tent trying to shush my toddler to sleep. Glorious.

However, I KNOW that some people have had fun camping with their kids. Now that we have a 3.5 year old and a 1.5 year old, I am game to try it again.  I think. Perhaps you are too? Or have done it and have some advice to pass on?

Since summer is fast approaching, I read some advice from parents who have camped (and done okay) and they have some good suggestions. A good portion of these are from the Berkeley Parents Network– my favorite parenting advice site.
Here are some of the suggestions that I culled: