Originally Posted by CuriousGeorges
I was so glad to find this post. We are in just about the same situation (my kids are 6, 5 and 3). We are all excited to get out there and adventure! These tips and advice are wonderful to have. Thank you!
I would definitely agree on the baby monitors, don't know what we would do without them. We also have a lot of books, coloring books, crayons and markers (keep a separate set in the camper so they are always there along with a ton of colored paper, scissors and tape.). We also have a couple of small wagons we got from a dollar store somewhere that our kids (4 and 6) pull behind them to collect sticks, pine cones, etc. on every trip we go on as we go on walks or just playing around our site. We also keep a couple of bins of blocks/ toys in the camper and some large mats for the kids to play with them on. Also need plenty of sunscreen and a first aid kit with lots of extra band-aids (seems like any accident needs a band aid to make it feel better).
The last thing I would recommend is doing something to reinforce the screen door on your camper. While camping with a group of friends, one of their 3 year old did a face plant down the steps and onto the concrete slab they were parked on because he was leaning on the screen door (it was latched but they are not made to hold even the weight of a three year old). We wound up watching their daughter and dogs for several hours while they went to the ER. He is Ok now but we all put additional hook and eye latches on our screen doors until the kids were able to really work the doors (in and out) by themselves.
You will learn of something different on every trip, just be sure to write them down so you can remember it for your next trip. Have fun, it is something your kids will never forget and will always look forward to.