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Camping with Kids Bangor ME

When’s the last time you took little ones camping? I mean little-little ones. My sons, Callum and Quinn are one and two years old respectively. Do you know how demanding the young toddler set can be? Well, we bought a hybrid travel trailer and we found out!

Wheeler Stream Camping Area
(207) 848-3713
Rr 2
Bangor, ME
 
Pleasant Hill Campground
(207) 848-5127
222 Union St
Bangor, ME
 
Red Barn Rv Park
(207) 843-6011
602 Main Rd
Holden, ME
 
Greenwood Acres Campground
(207) 989-8898
Rt 178
Eddington, ME
 
Stetson Shores Campground Inc
(800) 421-7116, (207) 296-2041
304 Lakins Road
Stetson, ME
Number of Sites
47 Total Camp/RV Sites,47 Electric and Water,40 Max RV Length,2 Pull-Thru Sites,
Amenities
Cabin Rentals,
Recreation
Boating,Canoe Rentals,Fishing,Kayak Rentals,Non-motorized Boat Rentals,Recreation Hall,Swimming - Lake,

Paul Bunyon Campgrounds
(207) 941-1177
1862 Union St
Bangor, ME
 
Villa Vaughn Campground
(207) 945-6796
Rr 5 Box 205
Orono, ME
 
Parks Pond Campground
(207) 843-7360
State Rd
Eddington, ME
 
Shady Acres Rv Park & Camp
(207) 848-5515
Pt 69 Hampden Rd
Carmel, ME
 
Stetson Shores Campground Inc
(207) 296-2041
Route 143
Stetson, ME
 

Camping with Kids

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January 31, 2010 by Brea · 4 Comments  

little campers

My little campers about to say goodnight.

When’s the last time you took little ones camping? I mean little-little ones. My sons, Callum and Quinn are one and two years old respectively. Do you know how demanding the young toddler set can be? Well, we bought a hybrid travel trailer and we found out!

Our first question when packing up for our very first foray in the RVing world was “what on earth will we take to keep them happy”? If you have (or have ever had) little kids, you’re well aware of the Toys-R-Us-Tornado-Effect they have on your home. And the smaller the kids, the bigger their primary colored plastic toys can be. So which of all these “absolutely essential” things make the cut? Our answer was…whatever we can fit into one plastic storage bin. Books, cars, some shape sorters for the baby, stuffed animals, a couple music CDs and movies. Of course this doesn’t take into account the big old double stroller and pack-n-play…but hey, it was a start.

So we packed as best we could, knowing that it would take dozens of trips to actually have our own “system” down. Our stuff was easy. The kitchen supplies, no problem. Bathroom and bedding essentials? Got ‘em. But, which lovey from their cribs will they NEED? How many outfits per kid? 

Were we over thinking things? Totally. We packed what we thought would be needed and set out…we’d done our best.

What a wake-up call. My boys were more interested in the rocks at our campsite than the cars and trucks we packed. They were mesmerized by the bouncing flames in the fire pit and had no need for the stuffed animals. Most of the movies went unwatched, replaced by lots of walks around the campground and time at the playground. I quickly realized I’d packed all those things for me…to ease my worries. Lesson learned…kids don’t need “stuff” to have fun camping. They need parents with a little sense of adventure. 

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