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Have not been camping much past couple years been busy years. But getting back into it and I have a 6 and 3 year old daughters that will be getting into camping. Wondering what does everyone have as must haves for camping with kids? Anything you pack specially for camping when you are taking kids? Also any fun activities to get them more involved?

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Baby wipes and extra clothes.
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Glow stick necklaces and wristbands.
The kids love them and it makes it so much easier to keep tabs on them.
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BURN CREAM, for fire burns, not sun burns
then ALOE for the sun burn or after care of fire burns
we had small chairs for the kids, fixins for S'Mores, frisbee
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Patience. Lots and lots of patience.

Also, two sets of clothes per day, extra socks, hat, sunglasses, heavy duty sunscreen and a hat.

The only other thing I can suggest is have activities for them to do. When I was a kid and my folks took me camping I'd get bored because all they wanted to do was sit around and talk! SO BORING!

Often my sister and I would go fishing together (She was 9 years my senior) or collect bugs, etc.
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Buy a single white pillow case. Have the kids come up with a name for your campsite and write it on the pillow case with a marker. Have them decorate the rest of the case with drawings or whatever. Then find a tall thin branch and tie it to the pillow case. You'll have your own camp flag. Kids usually enjoy this and it keeps them busy while you unpack.

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A whistle and the instructions "Stick close but IF they ever got lost to sit down and blow the whistle and I would come find them".

Other than that bring extra clothes and let them play, get dirty and explore the outdoors.
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some clothes that can get dirty and definitely a frisbee or soccerball (if there will be room at the camp site). Small First aid kit for the minor scrapes and cuts that can happen. flash lights, glow sticks, a radio wouldn't be bad.
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A whistle and the instructions "Stick close but IF they ever got lost to sit down and blow the whistle and I would come find them".
besides a whistle, what else on their person?

glow stick (for emergency only), mylar blanket... anything else that would be good to have them their body (belt, necklace) at all times? (not stuff for their backpack.)
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Have not been camping much past couple years been busy years. But getting back into it and I have a 6 and 3 year old daughters that will be getting into camping. Wondering what does everyone have as must haves for camping with kids? Anything you pack specially for camping when you are taking kids? Also any fun activities to get them more involved?

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I remember bringing up to my son about a weekend camping trip. My daughter looked up at me and said, "What about (her name)?" It still hurts to think of it. Needless to say she went with us.

Camping is the activity. If you are semi-backpacking with a little girl think bathroom thing through. Outside of that just that that is what you are doing will be fine.
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A magnifying glass for each, crayons and something to color on.
A kids book of bugs
if you get weathered in they can just color or draw pictures of bugs they find.
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The main ingredient is to have is good kids. Then they will have a good attitude about things they are not familiar with. If you are lucky they will be fascinated by things that are new.

We were raised in the 1950s. Parents then did not bring a bunch of special "kid stuff." Nature was the big attraction. We were immersed in it from the start. It is why I became a forester.
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The ULTIMATE parent kid tool


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Bug spray and sunscreen. You may also want to get an empty spray bottle from Home Depot which you can use with warm water to spray them down and dry them off as they change into their pajamas.
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The ULTIMATE parent kid tool


DUCT TAPE
Silence is Golden and duct tape is Silver?
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Silence is Golden and duct tape is Silver?
The silver will provide the silence. Save the golden for the sunrise/sunset and later years.
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Silence is Golden and duct tape is Silver?
Properly applied the silver will provide the silence.
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Properly applied the silver will provide the silence.
My experience is if you want silence don't be around children. With 5 grandchildren one might go the the side and read or play but all 5 at one time_never.
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Couple extra sets of clothes for them, particularly if you'll be around water. They're about guaranteed to fall in at some point. I brought my 3 year old on her first backpacking trip a few weeks ago. Nothing serious. 7 miles total for the weekend. She hiked most of the way in herself though. Rained like crazy on the way out so she got carried for that. It helps if you've got your own kit dialed in so you're not carrying a bunch of weight. I brought a tent for our trip, which is something I don't normally use. Mostly to keep the bugs off her. Even with the extra stuff for her, which included a four season tent, sleeping bag and two sets of clothes my pack was just a little over 30 lbs.
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That's a broad question.

What kind of camping are you doing - remote pack-in tent camping or crowded campground full of RV's camping?

We bring the kids' bikes to campgrounds and give them LED headlamps to wear. Chalk to draw on paved campground roads. Pudgie pie irons and sticks for marshmallows/hot dogs. Word search and sudoku books. Age appropriate novels. Swim suits for the pool/river/lake. Fishing poles. Ladder ball. Small buckets to collect rocks, shells, etc. Bubbles. Portable radio for music. Croquet. RC cars. Paper to make planes for races. Maps of local hiking/biking trails. Water or Nerf guns for mini battles. Cards and the cribbage board. A birding book and binoculars. Water balloons. Kites. Horseshoes and stakes. Really, all you are looking for is ways to keep busy. Bonus points if it also lets you sneak in some relaxation or time doing something you enjoy.

When kids are little, most of the camping trip is probably going to revolve around keeping them distracted and occupied. Prepared parents usually end up entertaining all the kids from every camp site in a large radius, so get ready for that. Most parents don't think ahead for their kids, so all those bored kids will flock to you if you have entertainment.

If you are going remote camping with young kids, try to find places with easy, flat trails so you can pack in with a wagon. Kids' legs get tired after a couple miles, and backpacks make carrying kids pretty tough. Unless your kids are seasoned walkers and good at keeping themselves entertained, I suggest leaving extreme pack-in trips to adults only.
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