We had been eagerly waiting until the boys were a certain age before we went camping. This past fall seemed like the perfect time! When we went camping they were almost 7 and 5 years old and big helpers when it came to carrying bags, making their own food, etc.
I knew I wanted to make it simple, so we could repeat it again each year- make a list, shop, pack, go! It turned out much better than we ever thought and now I think we could of even done a younger age.
We went for 2 nights about 3 hours away to a camping site right in the mountains. It is beautiful and a cute little mountain town. We even heard a coyote howl the first night! The boys loved making a campfire each morning and evening, reading a book and making countless s'mores & hot dogs.
Here is a little checklist of what we took with us:
+ 2 mattress pads (a lifesaver to put under our sleeping bags!)
+ 4 person tent
+ sleeping bags
+ camp stove with propane (these work amazing!)
+ utensils (next year our goal is to buy some just for camping)
+ trash bags
+ water (we left it in the car to refill)
+ soap & hand sanitizer
+ paper towels
+ cloth napkins
+ first aid kit
+ a cooler (next year we plan to pack it with dry ice- way better way to do it!)
+ folding chairs
+ 2 towels (one to wipe our feet before stepping into tent, the other to lay our cookware on)
+ cookware (we took a pan, 2 cooking utensils and a mixing bowl)
+ tablecloth for table
+ tablecloth for under tent
Our meals we packed were pretty simple- eggs & bacon, pancake mix, shrimp, hot dogs, lunch meat & snacks. We made some sweet memories for our first camping trip and truly can't wait to return this next fall for our next! Have you been camping with little ones?