I probably leave at least four comments a week on Liv's blog asking to join her family and move in. I
mean, c'mon - it's always warm there, her family is always having these amazing cajun cookouts, and
her kids are over the top adorable. So when I saw her name pop up in my email box, I thought for sure
it was going to be a "ok, you're starting to creep me out, please stop with the comments" kind of
message. But NO! She asked me to guest blog - talk about a kind-hearted woman.
So here I am - Randalin from Harvesting Kale. My son is two and his name is - you got it - Kale! We
live in Canada, where it's almost always cold, the closest thing we get to a "cook out" is lighting up the
BBQ, and my kid is - well, he's over the top adorable too. Something else Liv and I have in common?
A love of camping!
FACT: My parents took me camping as a newborn. Like, straight from the hospital to a boat to an island
to a tent.
FACT: I would never, ever attempt this. But I did take my 14 month old camping and lived to blog
So here we are - hot tips for camping with a toddler.
Embrace the dirt.
All the wet wipes in the world will not help you keep a toddler clean when camping in the woods. For a
few days, forget the bugs, the dirt, the mud, the sand, etc. and just let them get dirty.
Let them be naked.
Allowing your toddler to embrace the dirt while wearing clothes is just asking to go home with a mountain
of laundry. Who wants to return from vacation and face that? Instead, make sure you get a campsite
that's shaded, layer on the sunscreen, and let them be free.
Items to bring when camping with a toddler.
We got one of those high chairs seats you can clip on to a table, which was perfect for Kale to sit at
the picnic table with us. We also brought a toddler sized camping chair so he could take a break for
3.4 seconds, and an inflatable swimming pool so he could cool off and play without having to spend
the entire day at the beach, chasing him away from the deep waters.
Let them explore so you can relax.
I know, hard to believe - but it is possible to relax while vacationing with a toddler. Camping was perfect
for this - there was so much for Kale to explore and take in, that we were actually able to kick our feet
up and relax.
We had the best time camping with Kale and are so excited to do it again this summer. It's amazing to
do something that was such a big part of my childhood with my own son and watch him love it as much as
I did. The great part about camping is that everyone can do it - it doesn't cost a lot (you can always
borrow equipment from a friend or purchase second hand at a garage sale) and there is a style of
camping out there for everyone - from cabins to the outback. Don't let having a toddler stop you -
instead, let it inspire you!