Join Date: Oct 2005
Location: foothills of the sangre de cristos and donner lake
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we just this morning finished up a week of camping with our 22 month old daughter and 16 month old nephew. they received their own sleeping bags as gifts from their grandparents, and both were very excited. dd has always coslept, but thought that her own bag, right next to us, was the bee's knees. also from the gp's was a fisher price truck for each grandchild that they played with the entire time, and fresh coloring books and crayons. they loved having their own toy blanket set up in camp each day. dd helped bring the toys out of our tent each morning to set it up. and we got a new "family tent" that really was an excellent move - tons of room. give in to the dirt, but have lots of wipies or water and washcloths. i was glad i packed lots of extra clothes, cuz we sure went through them. i don't know where you're heading, but where we were it was nice to have lots of cool clothes for the hot days and warm, warm layers for cold nights - including hats. sunblock, if you use it, as they are in the sun all day. swimming in the lake was enormous fun. and strollers really helped with naps, as the tents can be too hot in the middle of the day. dd loved hiking in the forest and picking flowers. she loved playing balance beam on all the logs. she also loved learning to squat in the woods to pee! dd knows about "hot" and was great with the constant fire, but it's a good time to reenforce that concept. having lots of kid-friendly food was a big help - lots of fruit, and snacks that travel well, along with plenty of fresh water. i know it's probably more info than you were looking for, and a lot of it is obvious, but just thought i'd share how much fun we just had this past week, and what was helpful. have fun!!!