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Parenting Hacks: Camping and Hiking Tips 

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This month, parents share tips related to camping and hiking to help you through the summer. Send your parenting hacks to ideas@kidsvt.com.

We love Cosmic Wimpout and Qwixx. Both are dice games so they are super easy to carry, even for backpacking trips, and don't take up a lot of room.

—tiffany tillman

I have a Coleman camp cooker and make grilled cheeses over the fire, which the kids love.

—alan katz

My favorite camping meal is Thanksgiving in a bowl. Boil some hot water over the campfire and give everyone a bowl full of dried mashed potato flakes, dried stuffing and dried cranberries, and mix it all together. Easy and filling!

—cathy resmer

We build a lot of fairy houses and, lately, include "people" and rocks or wooden pieces with statements written on them. Sometimes we make flower or leaf wreaths to wear on our heads.

—luiza bloomberg-sienko

My husband and I like to bring a small bag of M&M's on hikes with our almost 4-year-old. As he starts to complain and drag his feet, the candies are doled out one by one and keep him going.

—jamie katoff

Guide books are fun and distract from the "are we almost there?"

—emily merrill

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