As most of you probably know (if you follow me on Instagram), we are a camping family. Even before we had kids my husband and i would go tent camping every chance we got.
After we started having kids we still went tent camping, just not as frequent as it is harder to tent camp with babies and toddlers.
We got our first RV over six years ago, it was an old 1970’s fixer upper. It had water damage, electrical problems, plumbing issues, and in the floor was a giant hole. We basically just fixed the cosmetic stuff (paint, bedding, replaced couch, flooring, etc.) and left the electrical and plumbing issues alone.
After having our 5th baby and adding dogs to our family, we quickly realized that old ’70’s RV wasn’t working for our family anymore. We decided it was time for an upgrade. So last year we purchased a new (2017) RV, one that sleeps 9 for our growing family.
We are the boondocking or dry camping type of campers. Isn’t the whole reason to go camping, is to get away from the hustle and bustle of people?! That is why we don’t use campgrounds. Boondocking has definitely been an experience. We fill up our water tank, and make sure of other tanks (gray & black) are empty before we go camping. We have a generator that we bring along, to be able to have power. For our family size, we have found that we can’t go camping for more than 3 days because our tanks fill up and our water run out.
If you are camping with kids, here are a few of my tips to make it go smoother.
- Bring extra clothes – I usually double the amount of clothes needed (i.e. if we are going camping for 2 days, i bring enough clothes for 4 days.).
- Bring their pillow and/or blanket from home – They will sleep so much better if they have that same familiar pillow/blanket.
- Pack extra snacks/food – There is something about camping that makes everyone extra hungry.
- Pack at least 2 pairs of shoes – Everything is going to get dirty or wet while camping, shoes are no exception so bring back up.
- Bring toys/books/games/coloring books/etc. – With camping most of your time is spent outdoors (fishing, hiking, etc.) but an unexpected thunderstorm could come along (happened to us last time we went camping) and you find yourself stuck inside it’s nice to have something to keep the kids entertained (and their minds off the storm).
One thing i just found that was super helpful was to buy a big exterior mat (i got mine on sale, 40% off, at Hobby Lobby) and place it on the ground right in front of your door. It really helped to lessen the amount of dirt that got inside the RV.
If you are new to camping, or are thinking about purchasing an RV, and you have some questions feel free to leave me a comment and i will try my best to answer your questions.