Let me preface this with I am not a camper. It has never appealed to me, I still don't quite get the enthusiasm, and quite frankly the prospect of it scares me. But motherhood has taught me to have very low standards (washing my hair once a week, pb&j's for dinner, wearing the same shirt a few days in a row). So now that we have a toddler who is very adventurous, loves the outdoors and requires his own seat on an airplane, we're driving to Cali and *gulp* camping our way there!
I've only made the drive once and it was coming out this way, but I'm looking forward to the trip. I really love road trips. Growing up, while we sometimes flew to see my grandparents in Mexico, we usually loaded up the car at 4am and drove the 28 hours in two days. I always had plenty of books, music and crafts to work on, except for that one time*, but we always stayed in hotels.
We won't be doing this trip until sometime in June of 2016, but I'm a planner.
Here are some questions to help you help me:
1. How big of a tent would we need?
2. Do we need sleeping bags? Blankets? Mattresses? (we co-sleep, so "family bed" works for us)
3. How do you go about researching where to actually camp? Do you have to reserve spots?
4. Do we need chairs? Toilet paper? Toiletries? Towels?
5. What are basic food stuffs that you like to bring?
Please tell me about your experience as a novice camper. I especially want to hear about experiences of people who have camped with littles.
*once upon a time my parents, brother and I were driving to Mexico for Christmas vacation. I had just purchased my first iPod and had spent hours the night before uploading a ton of music from our cd collection onto the computer and then onto the iPod. In the wee hours of the morning I realized I forgot one of my moms favorite cd's so I uploaded that. I was new to apple technology, and made the mistake of only syncing that one album. But I didn't realize it until we were about three hours into the drive. And I had convinced my parents not to bring any of their cd's because I had it "all here on the iPod". The best part of the story was that my brother and I had the audacity to ask my parents to turn around so I could re-synch all the music. derp.