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Camping with a Baby Anchorage AK

Parents who say they can’t take the baby camping do have some valid concerns, so let’s chat about them. Where baby will sleep depends on what kind of camping you’re doing, but in most cases taking a small, lightweight travel crib is a viable option (unless you’re survivalist camping in a one person tent…then you might want to rethink the whole bringing baby thing).

Creekwood Inn & RV Park*
(907) 258-6006
2150 New Seward Hwy
Anchorage, AK
Campground Availability
Open All Year
Services
Standard Flush, Basins, Hot Showers
Policies
Pets OK
Additional Facilities
Picnic Tables, RV Storage, Ice, Laundry, Limited Groceries, LP Gas by Meter
Recreation
Stream Fishing, Hiking Trails

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Golden Nugget RV Park*
(800) 449-2012
4100 Debarr Rd
Anchorage, AK
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, Ice, Laundry
Recreation
Equipped Pavilion, Playground, Planned Group Activities, Horseshoes, Volleyball, Golf Nearby

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MILITARY PARK (Elmendorf AFB FAMCAMP)
(907) 552-2023
Anchorage, AK
Campground Availability
May thru Sep
Services
Standard Flush, Hot Showers, Dump Station
Additional Facilities
Picnic Tables, Laundry
Recreation
Playground

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Centennial Camper Park (City Park)
(907) 343-6986
Anchorage, AK
Campground Availability
23-May thru 30-Sep
Services
Standard Flush, Basins, Hot Showers, Dump Station, Non Guest Dumping Allowed
Policies
Partial Handicap Access, Pets OK
Additional Facilities
Picnic Tables, Grills, Fire Rings, Wood
Recreation
Playground, Sports Field, Hiking Trails

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MILITARY PARK (Seward Recreation Area-Fort Richardson Otter Lake)
(907) 384-1649
Seward, AK
Campground Availability
1-May thru 1-Oct
Services
Standard Flush, Hot Showers
Additional Facilities
Laundry
Recreation
Boating

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Anchorage Ship Creek RV Park*
(907) 277-0877
150 N Ingra St
Anchorage, AK
Campground Availability
May 01-Oct 01
Services
Standard Flush, Basins, Hot Showers, Dump Station, Non Guest Dumping Allowed
Policies
Partial Handicap Access, Clubs Welcome, Pets OK
Additional Facilities
Picnic Tables, RV Storage, Ice, Laundry
Recreation
Local Tours

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Reel 'Em Inn
(907) 567-7335
Ninilchik, AK
Campground Availability
1-May thru Labor Day
Services
Standard Flush, Basins, Hot Showers
Policies
Pets OK
Additional Facilities
Picnic Tables, Ice, Laundry
Recreation
Saltwater Fishing, Fishing Guides, Fishing Supplies

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MILITARY PARK (Seward Recreation Area-Elmendorf AFB)
(907) 552-4599
Seward, AK
Campground Availability
28-May thru 7-Sep
Services
Dump Station
Additional Facilities
Laundry

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Chugach SP (Bird Creek Campground)
(907) 345-5014
Anchorage, AK
Campground Availability
May thru Sep
Services
Non Flush
Policies
Partial Handicap Access
Additional Facilities
Picnic Tables, Fire Rings, Wood
Recreation
Hiking Trails

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Chugach SP (Eagle River Campground)
(907) 694-7982
Anchorage, AK
Campground Availability
May thru Sep
Services
Standard Flush, Dump Station
Additional Facilities
Picnic Tables, Fire Rings, Wood
Recreation
Canoeing, Lake Fishing, River Fishing, Hiking Trails

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Camping with a Baby

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January 30, 2010 by Brea · 4 Comments  

WHAT?! Did I hear that correctly?

The baby's crib is behind this sheet!

What's behind sheet #1??

I’ve actually have heard and read this several times. It’s usually followed with statements like,

1. Where will she sleep?

2. But she still takes bottles!

3. He doesn’t even sleep through the night yet!

 (My personal favorite is #3 since I can identify with that misery…uh…that experience.) 

 The easy responses are;

1. In the travel crib.

2. So, um…take the bottles.

3. Then what’s the difference if he wakes up at 2am at home or in the wilderness?

But really, parents who say they can’t take the baby camping do have some valid concerns, so let’s chat about them. Where baby will sleep depends on what kind of camping you’re doing, but in most cases taking a small, lightweight travel crib is a viable option (unless you’re survivalist camping in a one person tent…then you might want to rethink the whole bringing baby thing). My friend has twin boys. She and her husband took them tent camping for a weekend when they were about 16 months old. Did it take some extra planning? It sure did. Extra packing too. But they did what many parents are afraid to do and they had a wonderful time. In their case, a large tent was able to accommodate the travel cribs.

the baby's crib

The perfect spot for baby!

My husband and I have 2 boys also, but we have an RV and floor space is at a premium. Our hybrid travel trailer has 2 pop-out beds on either end, so our 2 year old slept happily in the rear bed. The baby, who at the time was 9 months old and too young not to have walls or a barrier around him, slept in his travel crib on the pulled out jackknife sofa. And since my boys are accustomed to sleeping in very dark rooms, I was able to drape a dark sheet around the crib from the upper cabinets. Eat your heart out MacGyver.  (As a side note: industrial strength sticky backed hook and loop fastener is a must have for mod-happy RVers.) Just like home…sort of. We were able to use several bungee cords to make sure the crib stayed put. 

If you have water at your campsite (or in the campground facilities), use it to wash the bottles. But if you prefer, bring a couple gallons of bottled water and a little plastic tub for washing. One more thing to wash, but it’s worth it. We take a few bottles and use the campground water for washing/rinsing the bottles and use bottled water for mixing the formula. (And gosh, if you’re breastfeeding, you have even less to pack!) 

Sometimes baby can get a little confused with the new surroundings, so don’t be surprised if you spend a little more time doing the bedtime routine or rubbing Junior’s back till he falls asleep. If your baby still wakes at night at home, he’ll probably do the same thing camping. I have heard stories where baby sleeps far better (and later) while camping than at home. We’re still waiting for that to happen to us. I won’t hold my breath. 

My point he...

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