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Camping is a great way to introduce your kids to the wonders of nature and create a life-long appreciation of the great outdoors. That said younger campers can get restless, especially on rainy days and long drives.

We’ve found some real experts at parenting (and keeping one’s sanity) on the road!

  Jill Riley has a content-rich blog called amomwithalessonplan.com. Jill’s goal is to spread the word about playful learning and simple parenting while actually participating with your children. Her family loves camping, and she has gathered dozens of tips for keeping kids active and engaged when traveling on her site. Check out these posts from Jill before your next trip! Let’s Go Camping!!! 50 ideas to make it easier (and more fun!) Camping with Toddlers – Everything You Need to Know Helen Olsson is the MadDogMom – a lifelong adventurer, and the author of the book, “Camping with Kids”. Her blog covers all types of kid-friendly outdoor activities, including great camping tips on everything from snacks to book lists that will inspire your child before, during, and after your trip. Dads have great tips, too. Darren Bush is an outdoor-loving dad and huge proponent of getting kids – and babies – into the fresh air early, often, and with some tips to make it easy. His post, Venturing Beyond the Playpen: How to Take a Baby Camping, begins “The very idea of camping with infants causes the shivers in some parents, mostly those who have been taught that babies are fragile creatures who are not adaptable to any environment except a sterilized one.  The truth is that babies are remarkably hardy little souls, and with the proper attention to managing risk, you can take your kids just about anywhere, provided (and this is important) you have the right stuff: the food, the clothing, the shelter, and the brain to tie it all together”. Read Darren’s entire post on the Art of Manliness website. USA Today rounds out our Camping with Kids feature with their picks for great, kid-friendly trips and camping spots. They’ve covered all the bases for destinations; national parks, beaches, RV theme parks, and the big time – Disneyland and Disneyworld. If you are looking for a last blast of summer before the kids head back to school, head out in your RV and take advantage of some of the expert advice above. If you don’t have an RV of your own, head to Campanda.com and find the holiday-on-wheels of your dreams.