For the past year and a half, we've been saying that "once the weather was nice," which in Texas is about 6 days in the fall and about 6 days in the spring, we would go tent camping with the new tent I bought Marvin for his first Father's Day. Finally, this past weekend, we headed to Fredericksburg, TX, to break out the new tent and spend some time outdoors.
Read more to see a packing list, a sample camping menu, and tips for camping with kids and dogs.
We had originally planned to camp at Enchanted Rock Natural Area, but unfortunately, they were full when we arrived, and we had not been aware that we would need to make a reservation weeks in advance. So we drove half an hour to Lady Bird Municipal Park, another pet-friendly campground in Fredericksburg.
Below you'll find packing lists for each of us, some ideas for meals to make while you're camping, general camping tips, and tips for camping with kids and dogs.
Packing List for camping with kids and dogs
For the campsite
If you will not have access to an open fire:
If you will have access to an open campfire:
For the parent(s)
For the kid(s)
For the dog(s)
Here's a sample camping menu. Some of these we made on our most recent camping adventure. Some we have made in the past. Some we planned to make this time but didn't because we lost a day because of thunderstorms.
General Tips for Camping with Kids and Dogs
I hope you find these camping tips helpful. We are hoping to make use of our camping equipment more frequently, so we may edit and revise this post as we come up with better ideas and more menu options. Feel free to drop a comment with your must-have camping essentials or favorite camping meals!
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