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Camping with Kids Paradise Valley AZ

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!

Barton`s Summer Day Camps
(480) 948-7520
6050 North Invergordon Road
Paradise Valley, AZ
 
Camelback Desert Preschools
(480) 451-3130
8606 East Kalil Drive
Scottsdale, AZ
 
Stonecreek the Golf Club
(602) 953-9111
4435 East Paradise Village Pkw
Phoenix, AZ
 
REI - Recreational Equipment- Inc.
(602) 996-5400
12634 N Paradise Village Pkwy W
Phoenix, AZ
 
Founders Club Golf Clubs
(877) 363-7252
7825 East Redfield Road
Scottsdale, AZ
 
Camp Shadow Pines
(602) 952-1312
4820 East White Gates Drive
Phoenix, AZ
 
National Golf Salesman`s Association
(480) 860-6348
8770 East Belgian Trail
Scottsdale, AZ
 
Hubbard Family Swim School
(602) 971-4044
13832 North 32nd Street
Phoenix, AZ
 
Bell Road RV Center
(602) 971-2450
2727 East Bell Road
Phoenix, AZ
 
El Caro Golf Club
(602) 995-3664
2222 West Royal Palm Road
Phoenix, AZ
 

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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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