- pre-prep as much as possible: have some foods ready cooked that just need heated up, have things for reals together
- pack each kiddo each complete outfit in a gallon sized Ziploc bag, so all they have to do is grab a bag to get dressed.
- bring an animal proof cooler
- Make sure everyone has their own space to try to reduce irritation
- Bring activities especially for younger kids
- Over do it
Things to bring:
- plenty of tarps
- pillows and blankets for everyone
- snacks for everyone
- something to do in case of rain
- Tent or tents big enough for your family or a camper or a combo of both
- Plenty of food
- Blankets, pillows, sleeping bags,
- Towels and wash cloths
- Clothes and extra clothes
- Paper plates and utensils or bring Plastic ones
- If you use washable dishes then you need a bin for washing in, soap, and a sponge
- Garbage bags
- Shower shoes
- Meds for everyone that need them plus bug spray and Tylenol or something for headaches or pain
Places to stay:
- KOA campgrounds are usually good and the tent sites are usually away from the other sites so that you can get multiple spots together.
- State parks are usually good. They are cheap, clean, patrolled and there are tons of kids programs! The rangers are helpful by recommending which trails are good for families and giving ideas of other fun family things to do.
- James Island State Park in Charleston, SC. It is clean and peaceful, within easy driving distance to beaches and attractions, and has fishing, crabbing, bike trails, and a water park.