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Camping with Kids Jacksonville AR

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!

Oakley Estate Mobile Home Park
(501) 982-4014
2613 Coffelt Road Lot 61
Jacksonville, AR
 
RV Rebuilding & Repair
(501) 771-4496
6601 Lumsden Road
North Little Rock, AR
 
GOSS Camper Sales Inc
(501) 455-8677
13300 Highway I 30 Exit 12
Little Rock, AR
 
Pfeifer Camp
(501) 821-3714
5512 Ferndale Cut Off Road
Little Rock, AR
 
Camp Aldersgate Inc - Administrative Office
(501) 225-1444
2000 Aldersgate Road
Little Rock, AR
 
Funtime Recreational Vehicle & Camper RN
(501) 835-0620
8328 Warden Road
North Little Rock, AR
 
KOA Kampground
(501) 758-4598
7820 Kampground Way
North Little Rock, AR
 
Little Rock Athletic Club
(501) 225-3600
4610 Sam Peck Road
Little Rock, AR
 
Gunter`s RV Sales & Service
(501) 796-3739
1457 Highway 64 East
Vilonia, AR
 
Medical Camps of Arkansas Inc
(501) 312-1083
18 Corporate Hill Drive
Little Rock, AR
 

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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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