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Camping with Kids Clackamas OR

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!

Jantzen Beach Rv Park
(503) 289-7626
1503 N Hayden Island Dr
Portland, OR
 
Promontory Park Campground
(503) 630-5153
40600 E Highway 224
Estacada, OR
 
Oxbow Park (Metro Reg Park)
(503) 797-1850
Gresham, OR
Campground Availability
Open all Year
Services
Standard Flush, Hot Showers
Policies
Partial Handicap Access, Clubs Welcome
Additional Facilities
Picnic Tables, Grills, Fire Rings, Wood
Recreation
River Swimming, Boating, Canoeing, Kayaking, River Fishing, Playground, Planned Group Activities, Horseshoes, Volleyball, Sports Field, Hiking Trails, REC Open to Public

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Sandy Riverfront RV Resort
(503) 665-6722
Troutdale, OR
Campground Availability
Open all Year
Services
Standard Flush, Basins, Hot Showers
Policies
Partial Handicap Access, Accomodates Big Rigs, Family Camp, Clubs Welcome, Pets OK
Additional Facilities
Picnic Tables, Laundry
Recreation
River Swimming, Boating, Canoeing, Kayaking, River Fishing, Basketball, Golf Nearby, Hiking Trails

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Columbia River RV Park*
(503) 285-1515
10649 NE 13th Ave
Portland, OR
Campground Availability
Open All Year
Services
Standard Flush, Basins, Hot Showers, Dump Station, Non Guest Dumping Allowed
Policies
Partial Handicap Access, Accomodates Big Rigs, Clubs Welcome, Pets OK
Additional Facilities
Patios, Laundry
Recreation
Rec Hall, Rec Room, Golf Nearby

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REI - Recreational Equipment- Inc.
(503) 624-8600
7410 SW Bridgeport Road
Tigard, OR
 
Fort Vancouver
(360) 816-6230
612 East Reserve Street
Vancouver, WV
 
Portland Fairview RV Park*
(877) 777-1047
21401 NE Sandy Blvd
Fairview, OR
Campground Availability
Open All Year
Services
Standard Flush, Basins, Hot Showers
Policies
Partial Handicap Access, Accomodates Big Rigs, Clubs Welcome, Pets OK
Additional Facilities
Picnic Tables, Patios, Laundry
Recreation
Rec Hall, Pool, Hot Tub, Planned Group Activities, Horseshoes, Basketball, Golf Nearby

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Rolling Hills RV Park*
(503) 666-7282
20145 NE Sandy #31
Fairview, OR
Campground Availability
Open All Year
Services
Standard Flush, Basins, Hot Showers
Policies
Accomodates Big Rigs, Clubs Welcome, Pets OK
Additional Facilities
Picnic Tables, Patios, Laundry
Recreation
Rec Hall, Pool, Golf Nearby

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Roamers Rest RV Park, LLC*
(877) 478-7275
17585 SW Pacific Hwy (99W)
Tualatin, OR
Campground Availability
Open All Year
Services
Standard Flush, Basins, Hot Showers
Policies
Partial Handicap Access, Accomodates Big Rigs, Pets OK
Additional Facilities
RV Supplies, Ice, Patios, Laundry
Recreation
River Fishing, Horseshoes, Golf Nearby

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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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