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    What Are The Major Accessories I Will Need For Camping Besides A Tent And Air Mattress? I am a first time camper, yea I know it is sad but I have just purchased my coleman tent and air mattress and I was just wondering what other esential camping accessories I will need? Also, any camping tips would be most helpful! Thanks

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      My hubby and I just started tent camping with friends two years ago, and it took us a while to figure out everything we needed (btw, good start getting an air mattress!). Oh, and don’t forget to waterproof your tent BEFORE the trip with waterproofing spray sold at sporting goods stores!

      Here’s my abbreviated packing list. You have some items already (obviously), but I’ve highlighted items you might still need to purchase:

      SHELTER:

      -Tent
      -Tarp to Go Under Tent (should be the same size as tent base, not much bigger or you’ll have to fold it under. This keeps the tent bottom dry, and you don’t want rain collecting on the tarp and rolling under!)
      -Air mattress
      -Air mattress pump
      -Sleeping Bags / Pillows
      -Extra Blankets (1 per person in case of chilly weather)
      -Beach Towel (for when you track mud all over your tent)
      -Lantern (battery-operated) to hang in tent
      -Foldable Chairs / Lawn Chairs (to sit around fire)
      -Rope or Line to hang items to dry on – like wet towels

      FOOD:

      -Hand Axe (to chop fire wood)
      -Long-reach lighters
      -Fire-starting kindling twigs (buy them from camping supply stores – they’re wood chips soaked in some fire-starting chemical)
      -Pie Irons (to cook food in over the fire – these are ESSENTIAL!)
      -Campfire Fork (to roast weiners, marshmallows on)
      -Food (should include basics like eggs, bread, peanut butter, deli meats, cheese, butter, hot dogs, s’mores makings, pop, juice, tea, coffee, ketchup, mustard, brownie mix, pizza sauce, pepperoni, potatoes, oatmeal, beef stew, trail snacks, chips, popcorn, etc.)
      -Campfire Cooking Pot
      -LARGE Cooler with ice
      -Egg Holder Storage Case (designed for camping trips)
      -Plastic Utensils, Cups, Paper Plates
      -Garbage Bags
      -Giant Ziploc Bags (to place singed pie irons in when packing to come home)
      -Sharp Knife
      -Rubbermaid Tote to wash dishes in
      -Dish Soap
      -5-6 Dish Towels
      -Campfire Glove (heatproof gloves that allow you to pick up hot logs off the fire, or hot pans)
      -Mugs (for coffee & tea)
      -Kettle to boil water (should be campfire safe)
      -Bottled water – large quantities
      -Picnic Table Cloth (campsite picnic tables are dirrrrrty!)
      -Can Opener
      -Travel Cutting Board
      -Aluminum Foil & Ziploc Bags
      -Non-Stick Cooking Spray

      CLOTHING / HYGIENE / SAFETY:

      -Standard clothes
      -Extra socks, 1 pair extra walking shoes
      -Rain coat, poncho, or garbage bags
      -Bug Spray
      -Sunscreen
      -Usual Hygiene Products (forget shampoo if it’s a short trip – you’re allowed to be dirty when tent camping!)
      -First Aid items (bandaids, benadryl, calamine lotion, antiseptic cream, aspirin, immodium AD, etc.)
      -Hand Soap
      -Towels (in case you get soaked in rain)
      -Hand Sanitizer

      FUN / OTHER:

      -Deck of Cards / Travel Boardgame
      -Camera / Extra Batteries
      -Flashlights / Extra Batteries
      -Fishing Pole / Tackle Box
      -Lots of Cash to buy firewood near campsite – it’s expensive!
      -Wallet, ID, Cell Phone

      Phew! It seems like a lot, but skip here and there and you’ll be wishing you had these items when you’re at the campsite. It’s worth filling up the car with Rubbermaid Bins filled with this stuff. Oh – don’t forget Rubbermaid Bins to put all this stuff in! You’ll need to keep your possession and food waterproof if it rains!

      Have fun!

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    Replacement Pole For Columbia Tent? I have a Bugaboo II that needs a replacement pole and cannot locate any contact info for the Columbia company other than for their clothing line. Can anyone supply this for me?

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      If you look at the link below, it takes you to a page that has all types of products and the numbers to contact them. For Tents, Sleeping Bags, Canopies, Camping Furniture, Chairs, Air Mattresses call this number…. 866-737-1726

      http://www.columbia.com/Equipment-+-Accessories/Licensee_Landing,default,pg.html

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    What To Buy For New Baby? Well…
    we are expecting a new baby to the house hold in just a month or so. We havent had a baby in the house for 12 years and with all the new baby gizmose we just dont know if we have the right stuff. Here is a list of stuff (not diapers clothes or things like that) that we have, tell me what you think of the stuff we have, what we still need, and what you think we should take back.

    Symphony in motion mobile
    secure sounds baby moniter
    portable swing
    bath tub w/ a ducky sling
    disney baby car seat and stroller
    car seat
    bouncer seat
    bassinet
    crib and mattress
    jeep play pen
    Oh I forgot two snugli frontpacks and a jonny jump up (jumperoo)
    we have to car seats for
    1 we ahve two cars
    2 one car seat came w/ the stroller and attaches to it
    3 we got one carseat as a gift so it was free ?

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      Why 2 car seats? You should have a changing station, a rocking chair, Sheets
      Blankets
      Changing Station
      A radio with music for babies
      Swing
      Walker
      Back pack or Carrier bags
      Sponge Bathing
      Bath Accessories
      Washcloths & Towels
      Crib Toys
      Dressers & Armoires
      Bassinets, Cradles & Portable Cribs
      Hampers
      Toddler Furniture
      Toy Chests
      Lamps & Shades
      Rugs
      Organizers
      Wall Hangings
      Wall Borders
      Photo Frames
      Growth Charts
      Bibs, Burp Cloths & Lap Pads
      Books
      Breastfeeding Accessories
      Breast Pumps & Accessories
      Pillows
      Bottles
      Bottle Accessories
      Warmers & Sterilizers
      To start Toys: Birth-12 Months
      Later Toys: 12-24 Months
      Toys: 2 Years
      Playard

      Extra crib sheets
      Sheet savers
      Thermometer
      Recieving blankets
      Night light
      Nail clippers
      I’m sorry if I repeted something or if I missed something. Good luck and Congratulations.

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    Whats Something You HAVE To Take With You When You Go Camping?

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      Beer
      Tent/ tarps
      Air Mattress
      Mattress Pump
      Broom
      Camping chairs
      Fold-out table

      Sheets
      Sleeping Bags
      Pillows
      Extra blankets

      Bug Spray
      Medicine
      Soap/shampoo/washcloth
      Towels
      Deodorant, toothpaste, toothbrush
      Hand sanitizer
      Sunscreen
      Sunburn gel
      Ziplock bags
      Dishsoap/sponge
      Roll of T.P.
      Baby wipes
      Paper towels
      Q-Tips
      Shower bag

      Food
      Condiments

      Grill
      Stovetop burner
      Propane tanks
      Matches
      Grill accessories
      Cups
      Can opener
      Aluminum foil
      Table Cloth
      Pot/pan
      Dishwashing tub
      Dry dish-rack
      Durable paper plates
      Silverware
      Water
      Shovel

      Frisbee/football
      Water guns
      Horseshoes

      Clothes
      Water Shoes
      Flip flops
      Raincoat/poncho
      Hiking boots
      Tennis shoes

      Garbage bags
      Bag for empty cans on canoe
      Clothes pins
      Clothes line
      Scissors/knife
      Tool kit
      Flashlight
      Duct Tape

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    Will You Take A Look At My Baby Registry List And Tell Me What I Need And Don’t Need? Graco Pack ‘N Play with Posture Plus Changer
    Graco Snugride Infant Car Seat
    Jogger Stroller
    High Chair
    Convertible Car Seat
    Boppy Cradle Bouncer
    Four Piece Bedding Set
    Diaper Stacker
    Hamper
    Extra Fitted Sheet Blue
    Moisture-proof mattress pads
    Night Light
    Changing Pad & Accessories
    Crib Gift Pack
    Boppy with Cover
    Drying Rack
    5 Pack Bibs
    Steam Sterilizer
    Dishwasher Basket
    Burp Cloths
    Koala Baby Blue Luxe Baby Blanket
    Carter’s Flannel Receiving Blanket – Frog
    Carter’s Sweet Baby Blanket – Blue
    Gerber 2-Pack Thermal Receiving Blanket- Sport Print/ Blue
    Gerber 5-Pack Flannel Receiving Blankets – Sports Print
    5 Pack Receiving Blankets
    Dino Towel 3 Pack
    Koala Hooded Towel & Wash Cloth
    Wash Cloths – 8 pack
    Infant Tub
    Johnson’s Bathtime Essentials Gift Set
    Boudreaux’s Butt Paste – 4oz.
    Baby Kisses Lip Balm
    Sea Creatures Robe
    Wash Cloths – 8 pack
    Wash Cloths – 4 pack
    Pampers Newborn
    Pampers Size 1
    Pampers Size 2
    Pampers Size 3
    Disposible Changing Table Pads
    Travel Wipes
    Big Wipes Pack
    Sleep Sack
    Onesies
    Newborn (Cotton feeted pajama thingys)
    0-3 Months (Cotton feeted pajama thingys)
    Humidifier
    Grooming Set
    Ear Thermometer
    Diaper Bag
    Boppy Shopping Cart Liner
    Snug Rider with Mesh
    Diaper Genie II Elite
    Diaper Genie II Refills
    Baby Monitor
    Hangers
    Crib
    Changing Table
    Rocker/Glider
    Mattress

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      Moisture-proof mattress pads – don’t need if you have a vinyl covered mattress.
      Steam Sterilizer-don’t need. you can boil bottle parts first time. The just hand or dishwash afterwards.
      Sea Creatures Robe-cute but unnecessary… you’ll go from drying them with towel to just dressing them.
      Disposible Changing Table Pads- I recommend just getting a pack of cloth diapers that can be washed.
      Baby Monitor-If you can request the video monitor. We have one and its nice b/c as a new mom you will want to run in the room everytime you hear something on it. With the monitor you can just look on the screen instead.
      Diaper Genie II Elite-People have differing opinions on this item. I have the standard diaper genie and love it. Wish I would have gotten elite for foot peddle. I would recommend getting a separate trash can for wet diapers b/c the diaper genie will fill up quick if you use it for both.
      Changing Table-Nice item may want to consider getting a low dresser instead that you can set your changing pad on. That way when they get older they have a nice piece of furniture instead of a changing table.

      As for items you missed.
      Cloth diapers- great for everything, like burp clothes, changing pads for changing table, cleaning up accidents, etc.
      bottles-may not need if your breastfeeding but you put a dishwasher rack and sterilizer so I assume you plan on using bottles at some point
      Umbrella stroller-easier to fit in car. recommend getting one with 5 point harness system and reclining feature like Graco Ipo Stroller

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    • Lin-z
    • February 15, 2014
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    Can A Mother Tell Me ALL The Things You Would Need To Raise A Newborn Baby?

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      *One time purchase necessities:

      Crib (or bassinet)
      Crib mattress
      Bedding accessories (sheets, blankets and such)
      Bottles
      Breast pump (if you plan to breastfeed)
      Medicine kit (for infants, including nasal sucker, etc)
      Car seat

      *Nice to have (one time purchase):

      Camera
      Diaper bag
      Stroller
      Swing
      Baby carrier (sling)
      Nursing clothes
      Stroller
      Baby Bathtub
      Dresser
      Rocking chair
      Changing table
      Baby monitor
      Playpen

      *Monthly necessities:

      Diapers
      Formula and food
      Clothes
      Child care
      Savings

      *Nice to have monthly:

      Toys
      Photo film

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    On Average How Much Do These Things Cost? A full sized bed
    couch
    dinning table and chairs
    kitchen wear
    cleaning suppies
    Shades for windows
    Curtains
    Dresser
    Bathroom supplies

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      Full-sized bed – minimum for new $150 for the mattress, and $50-100 minimum for a bed frame
      couch – minimum for new $399
      dining table and chairs – minimum for new (4-person) $250-300 (chairs are usually sold separately)
      kitchen ware (assuming you mean dishes, utensils, pots and pans, etc) – $100 minimum (look for dishes at discount stores like Big Lots and even Dollar Stores – they actually have a lot of nice ones)
      Cleaning Supplies – I would guess $75 for the basics
      Shades – you can get blinds for as little as $8.00… valances run about $15-20, and curtains are the most expensive at $40+ (per individual item)
      Dresser – minimum new (smaller size) $50 at a discount store. I would look at yard sales and thrift stores for a good, solid wood dresser. You can usually find something for under $20, and these can easily be refinished or simply painted.
      Bathroom supplies (shower curtain – $20+, rugs – $25+, accessories – $25-40, towels – $40)

      You can always spend more money on these items, but I tried to list the minimum that you could purchase these items new (at least in my area).

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    How Do I Prepare? What should me and my partner do to prepare us for are new baby, as far as buying certin items. we still bout 6 months til the baby is born.

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      Furniture & Accessories
      Crib
      Mattress
      Chest of drawers
      Bassinet or cradle
      Changing station and pad
      Glider Rocker with ottoman
      High Chair
      Swing
      Exerciser or stationary activity center
      Portable crib or playpen
      Toy chest

      Outing Supplies
      Infant Rear Facing Car seat (you must have a car seat to bring your baby home from the hospital)
      Car Seat base for 2nd Car
      Stroller
      Stroller Blanket
      Diaper bag
      Car Seat Cover Up

      Linens
      2-6 crib sheets (Cotton or Flannel)
      1-2 waterproof mattress pads
      3-4 waterproof lap pads
      2-6 bassinet sheets (if necessary)
      1-2 crib-size blankets
      3-4 receiving blankets (if breastfeeding get a few extra large ones to provide privacy while nursing)
      2-4 hooded bath towels
      Clothes Hamper
      Bumper pads
      Mobile

      Feeding Supplies
      If you’re breastfeeding exclusively:
      2 baby bottles with newborn nipple unit (for water or emergency supplements)
      Storage Bags
      Breast Pads
      Breast Shields
      Nursing Pillow and/or Stool
      Breast pump

      If you’re bottle feeding exclusively or partially:
      10-12 larger bottles (8oz) and 4 smaller bottles (4oz) with newborn nipple units
      Two-week supply of formula, as recommended by your baby’s pediatrician
      Bottle Sterilizer
      Infant Spoons
      Spill Proof Cup

      Necessities
      2-4 washable bibs
      Baby nail clippers
      Baby brush and comb
      Calibrated medicine spoon or dropper
      Tweezers
      Infant nasal aspirator
      Vaporizer or humidifier
      Thermometer (rectal or tympanic)
      Baby wipes and warmer
      6-8 wash cloths
      Baby Powder
      Shampoo, Lotion and Wash
      2-3 Pacifiers
      Baby bath tub or foam bathing aid

      Diapers
      Use one or a combination of the following:
      Diaper Service
      Four Dozen (48) Cloth Diapers
      Six Dozen disposables, newborn size (about a one week supply)
      3-6 waterproof pants, diaper covers or wraps to use with cloth diapers

      Clothing
      12 extra cloth diapers for miscellaneous uses, including burping your baby and clean ups.
      3-7 undershirts that fasten in front for easy dressing
      4-6 sleepers
      4-5 booties or snug-socks (get the kind that won’t get kicked off).
      1-3 sweaters (seasonally appropriate)
      1 dress-up outfit (bring your baby home from the hospital in this)
      1 snowbag for a winter baby
      1 lightweight, brimmed hat for a summer baby

      Additional Items
      Baby Monitor

      Hope this list helps you, got it off of the website listed as my source

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    Asked This Question Several Times.. Still Not An Answer!!? I really want to redo my room. I have blue and green walls. Along with blue and green striped bed. I just need to know what to do to spice it up. Along with how to get a good cleaning. I feel like I’m going to sleep in a trapped, dirty place at night. Please Help! Not a lot of money to spend! Best answer = 10 points.

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      To clean…take out everything that is possible to take out of the room…then clean literally from top to bottom.. that is start dusting from above the door and around the light, if you have a vacuum extension use this keep window open and use shake ‘n vac on the carpet and mattress. clean the paintwork and polish the furniture, only put back in the room things that you really want, then add some pale yellow accessories like cushions, curtains and throw on bed or chair

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    What Are The Basics I’ll Need For When My Baby Is Born? I’m 25 weeks pregnant, and I’m worried that I won’t have all the things new born babies need. I’m not worried about high chairs and all that stuff right now, I just want to know what I’ll need for the first month or two. I plan to breast feed, but would also like to pump so my hubby can enjoy feeding the baby too. I feel like I’m so clueless about all of this. I also don’t know what to pack when I go to the hostipal.

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      Furniture & Accessories
      Crib
      Mattress
      Chest of drawers
      Bassinet or cradle
      Changing station and pad
      Glider Rocker with ottoman
      High Chair
      Swing
      Exerciser or stationary activity center
      Portable crib or playpen
      Toy chest

      Outing Supplies
      Infant Rear Facing Car seat (you must have a car seat to bring your baby home from the hospital)
      Car Seat base for 2nd Car
      Stroller
      Stroller Blanket
      Diaper bag
      Car Seat Cover Up

      Linens
      2-6 crib sheets (Cotton or Flannel)
      1-2 waterproof mattress pads
      3-4 waterproof lap pads
      2-6 bassinet sheets (if necessary)
      1-2 crib-size blankets
      3-4 receiving blankets (if breastfeeding get a few extra large ones to provide privacy while nursing)
      2-4 hooded bath towels
      Clothes Hamper
      Bumper pads
      Mobile

      Feeding Supplies
      If you’re breastfeeding exclusively:
      2 baby bottles with newborn nipple unit (for water or emergency supplements)
      Storage Bags
      Breast Pads
      Breast Shields
      Nursing Pillow and/or Stool
      Breast pump

      If you’re bottle feeding exclusively or partially:
      10-12 larger bottles (8oz) and 4 smaller bottles (4oz) with newborn nipple units
      Two-week supply of formula, as recommended by your baby’s pediatrician
      Bottle Sterilizer
      Infant Spoons
      Spill Proof Cup

      Necessities
      2-4 washable bibs
      Baby nail clippers
      Baby brush and comb
      Calibrated medicine spoon or dropper
      Tweezers
      Infant nasal aspirator
      Vaporizer or humidifier
      Thermometer (rectal or tympanic)
      Baby wipes and warmer
      6-8 wash cloths
      Baby Powder
      Shampoo, Lotion and Wash
      2-3 Pacifiers
      Baby bath tub or foam bathing aid

      Diapers
      Use one or a combination of the following:
      Diaper Service
      Four Dozen (48) Cloth Diapers
      Six Dozen disposables, newborn size (about a one week supply)
      3-6 waterproof pants, diaper covers or wraps to use with cloth diapers

      Clothing
      12 extra cloth diapers for miscellaneous uses, including burping your baby and clean ups.
      3-7 undershirts that fasten in front for easy dressing
      4-6 sleepers
      4-5 booties or snug-socks (get the kind that won’t get kicked off).
      1-3 sweaters (seasonally appropriate)
      1 dress-up outfit (bring your baby home from the hospital in this)
      1 snowbag for a winter baby
      1 lightweight, brimmed hat for a summer baby

      Additional Items
      Baby Monitor

      And for packing your bag for the hospital:

      Comfortable robe
      Nightgown
      Nursing bra and nursing pads
      Warm socks
      Slippers
      Comfortable outfit you can wear home
      Sanitary pads
      Toiletries such as shampoo, conditioner, deodorant, moisturizer, lip balm
      Hair clips, scrunchies, barrettes
      Brush or comb
      Toothbrush and toothpaste

      For Your Labor Partner
      Change of clothes
      Book or magazine
      Toothbrush, toothpaste, and other basic toiletries
      At least $20 in cash and change for snacks, phone calls, and so forth
      Snacks or soft drinks in small cooler
      Watch with a second hand for timing contractions

      For Baby
      Car seat
      Newborn hat
      2 receiving blankets
      2 “onesies”
      2 pairs of socks
      “Going home” outfit — including sweater or bunting if the weather is cold
      Diapers and diaper bag

      Documents
      Birth plan
      Insurance cards
      Address book with phone numbers
      Birth announcements and postage stamps

      Extras
      _Electric heated massager or tennis ball (very helpful for lower back pain or leg cramps)
      Massage oil
      Personal stereo and headphones
      Favorite tapes or compact discs
      Some books and magazines
      Camera or video camera (and film and fresh batteries!)
      Extra pillow
      Gift for sibling
      Hard candy to suck on during labor
      Lanolin, if nursing
      Cell phone

      Sorry About the Length!

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