Summer camping with kids / Preparing for food

SummerChang - posted on 02/28/2014 ( 4 moms have responded )

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Can Moms please share your experience of camping with kids and preparing for camping food? 1. What do you usually cook and bring? 2. How do you organize the pan, folks, knife and utensils? 3. How do you keep your kids safe? 4. How do you keep your kids busy? Thanks!

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♫ Shawnn ♪♫♫ - posted on 02/28/2014

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Cook? Camp food. Burgers, hot dogs...well, actually, pretty much anything can be prepared over a camp fire, or grill. We never ate much differently when camping than when at home.

As far as how do you organize...we have totes. One for cookware, one for dinnerware/utensils, one for miscellaneous. A locking tote & cooler for food, especially if you're in bear country.

Safety is something that they should already be aware of. Basic safety, depending on area is to look out for snakes, spiders, and other possibly poisonous creatures, as well as any wildlife of concern in the area you choose to camp, such as bears, mountain lions, elk, deer, moose...etc. Most wildlife is very 'live and let live' as long as you stay still and do not disturb them if you come upon them. If your kids are younger, then the rule of 'don't leave my sight, and answer immediately if I call you' works great. If they're a little older 9-12ish ages, then they can explore a bit more freely, with the rule 'stay within shouting distance, and count off when I yell'. As always, fire safety, if you're having a campfire.

Busy? That they'll do on their own. Camping is awesome for exploring, hiking, general recreation. Learning to identify plant types, trees, animal trails, etc is fun, and challenging.

We've been camping with our kids all their lives. Both were tent campers by the time they were 3 months old. Since ours were raised in that lifestyle, its difficult for me to list exactly what we did, because it was another aspect of how we raised them.

May I ask in what type of area are you planning your adventure?

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♫ Shawnn ♪♫♫ - posted on 02/28/2014

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by taking too much, do you mean in the clothing arena, or everything else? Generally, we'd always end up bringing some food back, but otherwise, we didn't have too much 'extra'

The Big Sur area looks absolutely GORGEOUS! I am now officially jealous. How old are your kids?

SummerChang - posted on 02/28/2014

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Thanks Shawnn for replaying. :) I live in San Francisco Bay Area. I'm thinking about taking my kids to Big Sur campsite. Have you ended up to bring more than what you need? The reason why I asking because I always bring too much. When we come home, I have so much to clean.
Thanks for the suggestions of setting up the boundary. Great idea!

♫ Shawnn ♪♫♫ - posted on 02/28/2014

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Oh, one other thing, if you've got younger kids, actually setting a 'camp boundary' that they may not cross is a great idea. With the older ones (again, that 8-12ish age), when you first get there, and set up camp, that is a good time to fan out and set an outer boundary limit for them to stay within. Not always necessarily within your line of sight, but definitely within shouting distance.

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