The Monsters and I are getting ready for our first Camping Trip! I cannot begin to tell you just how excited we all are. I put in my request for the days off I need and am ready to start Packing!!!
Not that I’ve never gone camping, because I practically lived in a tent for about three summers, but I have never gone camping as a mom before! Things are so very different in this stage of my life then they were before. Now I am aware that I am going to need diapers for my son, and clothes but the specifics were harder to plan for them then they are normally for just me.
For me, my daughter who is four and potty trained, seems to be the lesser of the two evils so I decided to start with her. Knowing the way the weather tends to change along the great lakes I know she is going to need a full suit case! I grabbed two pair of comfy jeans, and three pair of shorts to start, a couple of tank tops, short sleeves and two sweaters! I grabbed a light sweater to keep the sun off her shoulders and a heavy one for the evenings around the fire pit! (Roasting Marshmallows is not as fun when you’re cold! We are also planning on taking a trip to the lake, so I know she is going to need her suit and a towel and tennis shoes and sandals. With the main events up there including a once a year Flee Market and carnival (yes, in the middle of the woods!) I know she is going to desperately need lots of sun block, and bug spray. A Hair brush, tooth brush and lots of socks and undies, and some pull up’s for bedtime and we’re ready to hit the road.
My little guy is a couple years younger than her and needs much more. The clothes will be packed the same way with the addition of diapers and wipes. He gets the biggest bag in the house even thought his clothes are the smallest! He gets two pair of shoes like Sissy, extra socks (on account of he likes to take them off and hide them!), little swimmers for the lake and his trunks. I pack up the sippy cups, and a few of his favorite toys. Since we will be over an hour away from the nearest hospital, I pre-panic-packed, loading up one big bag with one heck of a first aid kit! In it went the children’s Benadryl, and Tylenol, After Bite, Motrin, Gas Drops, eye was fluid, Genital Violet, sinus medicine, Band aids and any other possible thing I could think of needing in a Worst case moment.
For me, I knew I didn’t need much, 4 days in the woods warranted 3 changes of clothes 1 more to sleep in, 3 pair of socks and such, two pair of shoes deodorant, tooth brush, rubber bands my water cup and I’m ready to go!
Of course because they are smaller kids they need a few of their favorite toys- Plush toys are not recommended because they are much more likely to bring bugs back home. My daughter decided to pack her lap top and my son his cars while Mommy brought a couple books! Now we are all set — Three more days and we will be on our way to more fun than we’ve had in a long time!