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Camping with Kids Hannibal MO

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!

Mark Twain Cave Campground
(573) 221-1656
7097 County Road 453
Hannibal, MO
 
Bayview Camper's Park
(573) 221-6589
9430 Hwy 168
Palmyra, MO
 
Salt River Campground
(573) 267-3442
Rr 2
Center, MO
 
Mark Twain Cave and Campground*
(573) 221-1656
300 Cave Hollow Rd
Hannibal, MO
Campground Availability
Apr 01-Oct 31
Services
Standard Flush, Basins, Hot Showers, Dump Station, Non Guest Dumping Allowed
Policies
Accomodates Big Rigs, Clubs Welcome, Pets OK
Additional Facilities
Picnic Tables, RV Supplies, Grills, Fire Rings, Ice, Wood, Laundry, Limited Groceries
Recreation
Equipped Pavilion, Playground, Golf Nearby, Local Tours

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River Valley Campground
(217) 222-7229
Quincy, IL
Campground Availability
Open all Year
Services
Standard Flush, Basins, Hot Showers, Dump Station, Non Guest Dumping Allowed
Policies
Accomodates Big Rigs, Family Camp, Clubs Welcome, Pets OK
Additional Facilities
Picnic Tables, RV Supplies, RV Storage, Fire Rings, Wood, Laundry
Recreation
Rec Room, Pavilion, Pool, Playground, Horseshoes, Basketball, Volleyball, Sports Field

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Injun Jo Campground
(573) 985-3581
Highway 61 S
New London, MO
 
Valley View Campgrounds
(217) 222-7229
2507 N 5th St
Quincy, IL
 
Landing Campground
(573) 735-4242
Route J
Monroe City, MO
 
Injun Joe Campground*
(573) 985-3581
14113 Clemens Dr
New London, MO
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
Picnic Tables, RV Storage, Ice, Wood, Patios, Laundry, Groceries, Bottle Exchange
Recreation
Rec Room, Equipped Pavilion, Coin Games, Pool, Lake Fishing, Playground, Mini Golf, Basketball, Golf Nearby

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Siloam Springs State Park
(217) 894-6205
Quincy, IL
Campground Availability
Apr thru Dec
Services
Standard Flush, Hot Showers, Dump Station
Policies
Partial Handicap Access
Additional Facilities
Picnic Tables, Grills, Ice
Recreation
Boating, Canoeing, Lake Fishing, Fishing Supplies, Play Equipment, Horseshoes, Volleyball, Hiking Trails

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January 31, 2010 by Brea · 4 Comments  

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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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