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Travel Trailer Camping With Kids by Sarah Marturano

This year we bought our very first travel trailer, aka RV, so we could go travel trailer camping with kids in tow. I love the outdoors and love camping, but I hate tent camping. Camping in a travel trailer is so much better. It’s basically glamping because you get the camping experience minus the sore back, bug bites and convenience food. You can cook anything on the stove/oven combo and we even have a pretty good sized fridge. Did I mention it has a bathtub? Yeah, it’s camping, I swear. If you are an avid camper or just considering it, here are my must-haves for travel trailer camping with kids!

Toys: Sand Toys are a must when camping with kids. The kids will sit and build sand castles and creations for hours!

Wonder Wheeler: One thing I didn’t think about when we started camping was a way to haul all of our stuff to the beach at the campground. We ended up looking like pack mules lugging our stuff around and trying to corral four children at the same time. We love the Wonder Wheeler for this! The Wonder Wheeler easily transports everything you need for the beach in one trip! It has extra wide wheels in the back so it easily rides over the beach sand too! Pack on all the necessities including sand toys, towels, a cooler, beach chairs, and an umbrella. It’s amazing how much it holds. The heavy duty mesh dries quickly too so no worries if it gets wet!

Camping with the Wonder Wheeler

Snacks: Bring lots of snacks! It’s amazing how much my kids snack while we are camping. I have a plastic drawer set with 3 drawers filled with grab and go snacks for them to choose from. You can include individual sizes of granola bars, yogurt covered raisins, peanut butter crackers, fruit snacks, snack mix, trail mix, fruit, etc.

First Aid Kit: Bring a well-stocked first aid kit. You’re sure to encounter some boo boos and you want to be ready to fix them up and get on with being a happy camper! Things to include in your first aid kit are bandages, bug bite relief stick, rubbing alcohol, peroxide (for poison ivy), instant ice packs, antibacterial cream, burn cream, ibuprofen, Tylenol, tums, tweezers and a magnifying glass (for removing slivers), allergy medicine and scissors.

Activities: Bring plenty of activities! Make it easy to keep the kids entertained by bringing plenty of activities for them to do. We bring lots of outdoor games like ladder ball and bean bags. We also bring a baseball and gloves, rackets and a birdie, jump ropes, their bicycles and helmets. It lets kids make crafts from things they find outdoors! It’s perfect for camping. Don’t forget to pack some rainy day activities too like board games, playing cards and small toys.

S’mores: Plenty of S’mores supplies! We ran out of chocolate bars on our first camping trip and my kids nearly cried when I said we couldn’t roast any more s’mores for the rest of the trip. Bring along more than you think you’ll need! We like to also add in rolos and saltine crackers to make some fun salty and sweet combos. The coconut marshmallows paired with a rolo taste like a Girl Scout cookie! So yummy.

Camping and S'mores

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