Originally Posted by FancyPants
You will find it much easier this year than next year when your baby is mobile I think.
We just came home from 5 days of car camping with our two kids. Our youngest is 15 months and he was always a challenge on this trip. We had to basically take turns watching him while the other did whatever camp chores needed to be done. He constantly wanted to run into the road, visit other campsites, etc. We still had a great time, and it was all due to our experience with camping with our kids. We've been taking our kids camping since our first was 4 months.
Here are my suggestions for good car camping experiences with kids.
*If you have an extra tent, set it up as a "play tent" for the kids. My daughter packed a bag of toys, books, crayons, etc. She brought all of this stuff into the play tent for her and her brother. We use our backpacking tent for the kids as a place to play. It was a great way to keep our toddler occupied, safe, and happy.
*For babies old enough to sit in high chairs, bring a travel chair that can clamp onto a picnic table. This worked out great for my son, as he always had a place to sit during mealtimes.
*If you have mummy bags that don't zip together, bring extra blankets to cover yourself while you night nurse. Sometimes, DS ended up in my sleeping bag, which was not too comfortable. Luckily, it wasn't very cold and I had a few blankets to cover myself with. Also, we sleep on ThermaRest pads, and I found a way to keep my and DS's pads from slipping apart.
Camping with kids is so much fun and it just gets better as they get older (minus the tough toddler years). My 5 year old had so much fun roasting marshmellows and looking at falling stars. She loved all of us sleeping in the tent, drinking hot chocolate in the morning, and taking hikes with us in the day. It was a good experience for all of us.