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Car Camping Essentials plus a Free Printable Checklist

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I know I’ve said this before, but I love camping! Camping, backpacking, hiking… if it involves being out in nature I’m a sucker for it!

For me, waking up in a tent, breathing the fresh air, cooking over a campfire…. it doesn’t get much better than that! What better, more wholesome way to spend time with your family than camping?

My Top 5 Car Camping Essentials

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So today I wanted to share with you my absolute essentials for a great camp out!

1. Good Food

I talked about my desire for good food while camping a few days ago when I shared 25 of the Best Camping Recipes with you.

But seriously. Who wants to eat bad food? Some of my personal all-time favorites?

While there are times when I prepare our camp food on the propane stove, there’s just something about cooking over a campfire that makes everything taste better. Even if a little ash does get in the food!

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Just remember, if you are planning to cook over a campfire, bring a grate to set across the fire {unlike me} and use designated cookware – it won’t be the same after using it over a fire. Cast iron works well and you can also find great pots and pans for camping at Wal-Mart or your favorite camping supply store.

2. Wet-Nap Hand Wipes

When you are camping… well, let’s just put it this way… camping can get pretty messy. Whenever I’m camping it just seems like my hands get dirty so fast!

And I’m the grown up. The problem comes mostly from having limited {or no} access to running water. Which is where Wet-Nap Hand Wipes come in sooo handy!

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And then there’s the kids. Roasted, gooey marshmallows? Someone is bound to get all sticky! {By the way, my girls went crazy over the citrus scented Wet-Nap Wipes. I mean, they really went crazy over it!}

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Swimming in the lake before dinner? Wet-Nap! 

Playing with the dog who was also playing in the lake… and decided to roll around in the sand before tackling you for a belly rub? Wet-Nap, please.

No joke, I love Wet-Nap Hand Wipes – not only do they moisturize with aloe but they’re soft like cloth! So, they are gentle on faces and hands… perfect for moms who like clean kids. Not to mention they smell soooo good!

They also may or may not be good for wiping off the sticky crud on your table cloth from the last time you went camping. Ooops.

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Whenever we go on a hike {camping or no camping} I always take Wet-Nap packets along because they are easy to carry and sometimes you just want clean hands before you dive into that trail mix! {By the way, be sure to check out my tips for hiking with kids.}

I also keep a supply of these packets in our first-aid kit because, well, you just never know! 

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And in case you were wondering, Wet-Nap Hand Wipes are available for the incredibly low price of $1.97 at Wal-mart. And since I know you want to try these out for yourself, here’s a coupon you can use for $0.55 off {while supplies last}! You’ll probably find them in the napkin aisle, but at my local Wal-Mart they were in the beauty/ toothpaste section

3. A Book to Read and Games to Play

Camping is a great way to disconnect from the outside world {i.e. the internet and cell phones} and really connect with your family. It’s also the perfect time to sit back and relax and enjoy a good book while the kids splash in the lake {or creek}.

My current read: Susan May Warren’s When I Fall in Love. It’s the perfect read for summer time – it’s set in Hawaii after all and while camping and relaxing, why not curl up with a fun book? {P.S. Be sure to enter the Hawaiian Chef Showdown contest!}

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When we’re camping I always pack a few games for us to play. Our family loves to play games! It’s such an easy way to laugh and enjoy each other’s company. Some of our favorites:

4. My Dog

Camping isn’t the same unless I get to bring my sweet Caroline with me. She’s so much fun to camp with! We rescued Caroline from the pound almost two years ago. She went on a 24 mile backpacking trip with me and the girls when we’d only had her three weeks and she was UH-MAZING! She even wore her own backpack and carried her own food and water.

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She loves camping. She loves playing in the lake. She loves to hike. She’s the perfect dog. She’s soooo obedient. Caroline always comes right back to me when I call her.

I love her. 

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5. A Hat

Last but definitely not least. I always bring a good hat with me. I pack hats for the kids. A hat is essential to ensuring I have a good camp out.

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Not only does a nice cap keep the sun off my face, but it hides my hair. Because, for us at least, we often camp where there is NO running water. Which means my hair doesn’t look so great. But you’d never know it when I wear a hat! Which means I’m not so self-conscious about my appearance.

I also like for my hats to be dark colored {brown or black} so they don’t show the dirt so bad – see #2.

In the winter when we go camping, I always pack winter hats to help us stay warm and I insist that everyone sleep with their winter hats on to hold in that body heat!

Free Printable Car Camping Checklist

Now, for the free printable Car Camping Checklist. I know you’ve been dying to download your own copy!

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I laminated my copy of the checklist so I can use it over and over again. I printed it onto card stock to make it sturdier too. Did you know that if you use a Sharpie {or any other permanent marker} on your laminated page it won’t rub off – but then you can erase it use a cotton ball and nail polish remover to take it off!

How to Download

  1. Follow me on Twitter and/or Instagram if you can. Or Pinterest. Thanks!
  2. Download the Car Camping Checklist here. 

What is on your Camping “Must Haves” List?


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Fingerprint Bug Jar Printable

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My Fingerprint Bug Jar

If your children are anything like my girls… they love bugs. This is a fun little craft that you can easily do with your children.

Simply print out the sheet – I prefer printing on card stock for durability – and let your children go to work creating bugs of their very own by dipping their fingertips into either a small amount of paint or onto an ink pad.

Press fingerprint onto sheet inside the bug jar and then once the fingerprints, add details such as a body, eyes, legs, or antennae.

Here are some great resources you may enjoy:

How to Download

  1. Follow me on Twitter and/or Instagram if you can. Or Pinterest. Thanks!
  2. Download the .pdf file for My Fingerprint Bug Jar page here.

I hope you and your children enjoy this fun but simple craft!

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Summer Camp Care Package & Printables

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A Summer Camp Care Package

Last week my two youngest girls, Hannah and Laura, who are 13 and 11 years old went away to summer camp for the very first time.

Now, my older children all began going to summer camp around the age of eight and they went every year for years! They loved camp. In fact, My 19 year old daughter loved summer camp so much she’s been working there for the last three years.

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This was a big step for Hannah and Laura going to summer camp. They had never – I really mean never – been away from mom and dad. They’d never spent the night anywhere but at home.

As I expected, they had an amazing time at summer camp. When we picked them up Sunday morning they were just beaming with all sorts of stories to share with us on the five hour drive home.

One of the things that makes summer camp special is MAIL. Campers love getting letters and packages in the mail!

Mail Early

To ensure your camper receives mail on time at summer camp you can mail letters a day or two before they leave for camp. And everyday for the next few days.

It’s also fun to give grandparents and favorite aunts and uncles a heads up and provide them with all the details so they can get in on the mail fun too!

10 Summer Camp Care Package Ideas

When we mailed our girls a care package we sent it Priority Mail. They had no idea a package would even be coming – it was a complete surprise!

Here are a few ideas to get your creative juices flowing when it comes time to pack those boxes!

1. UNO or another favorite card game. This is perfect because it’s something they can do with the new friends staying in their cabin.

2. Glow Sticks. Be sure to pack enough for all of their cabin mates to have one too!

3. Mad Libs. These are so much fun, and again, they can involve their new friends in the giggles.

4. Note Cards, Envelopes, and Stamps. Or Postcards. If you didn’t give your child a few cards to send home from camp, now’s a good time to do so!

5. Candy. Every child loves candy. Be sure to include their favorites and maybe even some to share.

6. A New Book. Does your child have a favorite series such as Nancy Drew or the Hardy Boys? A fun mystery is the perfect activity for the daily quiet time.

7. A White T-shirt and Fabric Markers. Prepare the t-shirt with a cardboard in the middle so they can decorate the t-shirt and have their friends sign their names without it bleeding through.

8. A Blank Journal or Scrapbook. Perfect for recording summer camp memories!

9. Stick on Mustaches. With the mustache crazy these could get a good laughs!

10. A Heart-felt Letter from Mom and/or Dad. Why not use this time away to write a sweet letter to your child expressing how much he means to you?

Summer Camp Printables

I have a sweet five page set of printables for your special camper. You could include these in your care package or simply send the printables with your child in his or her suitcase.

In this set is included a worksheet, two address sheets, and two journal pages – one that’s lined and one that is blank for the child who likes to draw or doodle more than she likes to write.

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How to Download

  1. Follow me on Twitter and/or Instagram if you can. Or Pinterest. Thanks!
  2. Download the .pdf file for the Summer Camp pages here.

What are you sending your child this year at summer camp?

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