With a couple additional adventurer partners, we are adapting to another type of adventure. This one involves more snack breaks, scenic potty stops, and quite a bit more gear!
I wanted to share some things we have learned and open up a discussion with other Go Fast Families.
A little bit of background… we have two kids, Eleanor two and a half and Felix ten months. This summer we logged quite a few nights under the stars, some more restful than others.
We travel in a Tundra which sports an XL camper. The XL has a 56" x 90" sleeping area. With the kids as young as they are we spent most nights sleeping all four in the top. This worked pretty well especially on those colder nights at high elevation. Preparation is key with kids, both in terms of gear and some parental (mental) fortitude! Making sure the kids are warm is the first step as you are still camping in a tent. I’ll link below to some key kids gear we have stumbled upon.
One logistical, slightly acrobatic step, worth mentioning is getting infants/toddlers into the tent. We use the trans-form-a floor (removable floor panels), where one of us crawls up top with one of the square panels removed and the other hands up the kids. We don’t really like climbing the ladder with kids in hand, but that is one of the key features of the GFC for our use case is the option for both. Kid handoffs through the pass through and adult access via the ladder.
Before we had Felix, and when we had a bigger truck bed (the Tundra Crewmax is pretty short) we were able to put a Lotus Travel Crib (pack and play style but with side access) below the GFC sleeping platform and side load a sleeping kid through the side panel. We still accessed the camper via ladder.
What kind of setup, tips, or stories do you have?