Thinking "small" with kids... tips for packing.

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  1. kiteri

    kiteri Just a Happy Girl!

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    I don't have a PUP yet... but am in the market. I have been tent camping, so I have the packing issue of fitting a tent, sleeping bags, and ALL the other gear in the trunk for our camping trips... so I am familiar with space saving tips... but I want more!!! <img src=../Images/icons/icon_smile_evil.gif border=0 align=middle alt="Evil">

    I will get us started with this hint:

    Buy an 8 pack of SunnyD in the sport bottles (the bottles with the pop open and closed tops). Each bottle has 11.3 ounces in it. Pack a canister of Tang. Once the kids finish the SunnyD, rinse out the bottles and refill them with Tang. My kids can barely tell the difference between SunnyD and Tang, and Tang's orange taste is so strong that it can mask "funny" tasting campground water.

    Anyone else have some hints for packing as light as possible with kids?

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  2. Queen Bee

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    This one helps us cut down on the clothes that we need to pack for the kids, the laundry we need to do, and makes mornings easier:

    After showers or sponge baths at night, I dress the kids in their comfy clothes for the next day (usually sweats, t-shirts & sweatshirts). When they wake up they are ready to go right outside for the morning campfire.

    ~Queen Bee, happy mama of four little worker bees~
     
  3. Yooperwannabe

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    Queen Bee, that is a most excellent idea. If the weather is warm enough I see nothing wrong with undeware and t-shirts.

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  4. kiteri

    kiteri Just a Happy Girl!

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    Queen Bee... that is a really great idea! Less to pack with not having to bring P.J.'s and less to wash also! Genious!

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  5. dgarbers

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    Re: Thinking \ Space saving tips

    I thought of something to add to this - I have the kids pack JUST what they will need in a duffle bag. Nothing extra at all. I, however, bring extra undies, Tshirts and the long sleeve shirt or jeans in case they need them. That way, the extra stuff that we might not need stays neat, clean and folded. And, it doesn't end up in the dirty clothes bag because it fell out on the floor and no one realized it was clean and unworn.

    : - ) Not exactly packing light, but with 3 kids, you do need some stuff.
     
  6. TKnecht

    TKnecht "Disposable thumbs make me specialer than most peo

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    Re: Thinking \

    Wow. They still make Tang........
     
  7. CampingFool

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    Re: Thinking \

    When I was a tent camper with 3 kids, I bought large plastic storage boxes to put clothes in - 2 people per box, with a 13 gallon trash bag to use for dirty laundry. The dirty laundry could be packed into the box in the plastic bag, using the space opened up by the clothes being used. Also, the plastic bin guaranteed that clothes would be dry, even if the tent leaked (which even the Coleman - guaranteed to keep you dry - tents do). The bins stacked neatly in the tent, and the tops could be used as end tables for lanterns, flashlights, stuff like that. I also used the same size bins for dry goods/pots/pans, etc. I have a mini van, and the same size bins helped maximize use of the available space in the van. Now that I'm a pup camper, I still use the bins for travel - have gotten over 8 years of use out of them so far, and they're still in great shape!
     
  8. Dana in Bama

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    Re: Thinking \

    When we tent camped, this is how I handled clothing:
    One bag (meaning those reusable bags from Lowe's , Walmart, etc) per kid/adult. They all would go in a plastic tote with a pop up hamper. Kept clothes in bags and as they got dirty everything went into the hamper...leaving it all would go back in the tote.

    With boys, especially if we are boating or swimming a lot, I don't even pack but one nice shirt, the rest are plain white tank tops (yes, old man undershirts) or I let them go without shirts at all.

    Now, with the pup I was thinking about this: I installed a hanging sweater bag with six compartments. I'm going to put all their clean clothes in it and let them put the dirty clothes back in their bags. Then, I won't have the hamper to worry about except I might use it to tote some other things.

    Oh, and only one towel / washcloth per person. Don't forget a clothes line to get those out of the way during the day.

    I am thinking that I can get everything in the pup besides our clothes and maybe the cooler.

    I thought my kids where the only ones who LOVE those little SunnyDs ... and yes, I refill them.

    Oh, and don't forget a Sharpie marker to write names on the SunnyDs...I get so tired of them fighting and fussing over who's is who's....
     
  9. jmcdtucson

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    Re: Thinking \

    +1 on the Sharpie idea. Great for plastic cups too.
     

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