Amber, David, Atticus, Rosie and Chauncey on their summer camping trip in Utah.
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Our summer family camping trip in Utah.

15 Summer Camping Trip Essentials

I wanted to share some pictures from our backpacking/ summer camping trip and also share the gear we brought with us! A lot of you had asked about the gear we brought so hopefully this answers all your questions! We had Rosie in a carrier and David carrying all of our stuff in a backpacking backpack. Atticus hiked on his own with a water backpack.

Chauncey in the lake in Utah during our summer camping trip. Barefoot Blonde.

It was 2.2 miles up and 2.2 miles down so we were really proud of Atticus and how well he did on his first big hike. We started just above Silver Lake Flat and hiked up to Silver Lake (there are two Silver Lakes but the second you have to hike to which is where we went!) The way up was kind of rough for me because the night before I got food poisoning and was throwing up alllll night and all morning.. I threw up a couple hours before we started the hike. And of course after throwing up so much you don’t really feel like eating so I just had no energy and felt so so weak the whole way. Needless to say the way down felt like a breeze.

We had about 16 or so kids between all the families and all of the cousins just played in the dirt, went fishing, played in the lake, and explored. I was literally so covered in dirt after that I had to scrub so hard to get it all off haha it was insane. I wore David’s shorts almost the whole time too because I thought it would be cold up there and didn’t bring shorts! Anyways it was really fun and I think we will try to do one again when Rosie is big enough to hike on her own – so maybe next summer! We really want our kids to have lots of memories in nature camping and not just nice hotels. We really want to make it a point to stay at some not so great hotels too as they get older. I remember being in high school and a friend came on a trip with us and me and my siblings were so excited about the hotel and I could tell my friend thought it wasn’t nice and she said how her family always stays at nicer hotels .. and now that I am a parent I never want my kids to ever say something like that to someone so we talk a lot about how we can avoid our kids having those expectations.

Hope you all have a good day!!!! We are having a low key day in Whistler today and we are going to just swim at the hotel and go on a walk by the river later! xoxoxo

Atticus fishing with Chauncey in Utah during our summer camping trip. Barefoot Blonde.

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Atticus fishing in Utah during our summer camping trip.
Rosie by the lake in Utah during our summer camping trip.
Amber and Rosie by the lake in Utah during our summer camping trip. Barefoot Blonde.

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Rosie, Atticus and their cousin during our summer camping trip. Barefoot Blonde.
Atticus hugging Rosie during our summer camping trip in Utah. Barefoot Blonde.
Atticus picking up Rosie during our summer camping trip. Barefoot Blonde.
Rosie with her cousins by the lake during our summer camping trip in Utah. Barefoot Blonde.
Atticus holding Rosie in Utah during our summer camping trip. Barefoot Blonde.
David, Atticus and Rosie in a hammock during their summer camping trip in Utah. Barefoot Blonde.

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Rosie and her cousin during our summer camping trip. Barefoot Blonde.
Rosie by the lake in Utah during our summer camping trip. Barefoot Blonde.
Rosie and Atticus fishing at the lake in Utah during our summer camping trip. Barefoot Blonde.
Atticus with his cousin in Utah during our summer camping trip. Barefoot Blonde.
Rosie with her cousin in Utah during our summer camping trip. Barefoot Blonde.
Atticus hiking during our summer camping trip in Utah. Barefoot Blonde.
Amber and Rosie during our summer camping trip in Utah. Barefoot Blonde.
Amber and Rosie during our summer camping trip in Utah. Barefoot Blonde.
Our family and Chauncey during our summer camping trip. Barefoot Blonde.
Amber and Rosie a lake in Utah during their summer camping trip. Barefoot Blonde.
Atticus hiking in Utah during our summer camping trip. Barefoot Blonde.
Inside the tent during our summer camping trip in Utah. Barefoot Blonde.

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Amber's Sleeping Bag

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David's Sleeping Bag

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Atticus & Rosie's Sleeping Bags

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Amber and Rosie asleep in the tent during our summer camping trip. Barefoot Blonde.
David and Rosie asleep in the tent during our summer camping trip to Utah. Barefoot Blonde.
Rosie asleep during our summer camping trip in Utah.Barefoot Blonde.
Amber, David, Atticus and Rosie on their summer camping trip in Utah. Barefoot Blonde, Amber Fillerup
Beautiful Utah mountains during out summer camping trip. Barefoot Blonde / Amber Fillerup
Utah mountains during our family camping trip. Barefoot Blonde.
Amber Fillerup wearing an olive green top and enjoying the summertime in Utah.

Summertime in Utah

We took these pics up Sundance canyon in Utah – I love summertime in Utah and love getting to go up there to hang with family each summer. I can’t believe we used to live with those mountains as our backdrop ahh they always take my breath away every time we go visit.

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  1. Hi Amber, it’s wonderful and warmest family trip. Your sharing would be very helpful to me to prepare essential items for family trip. I’m thinking to buy a family tent for camping here is what I’m looking http://www.pirt.org/best-family-tents/. What do you think about that? Please give me suggestion. It’s first time of us for camping. Thank you in advance for your kindness.

  2. Hi Amber, these photos are gorgeous, as always! Thanks for sharing. My father-in-law just bought a place in Holladay, UT because he wants to plan adventures just like this for his grandchildren. 🙂 I actually have two questions for you:
    1) Do you know of any home designers and/or contractors in the SLC area? My father-in-law is planning to completely remodel his house and doesn’t have any leads.
    2) Any other trips like this that you recommend for families with small children? In our crew there are currently four grandkids under 4 years old and one more on the way!
    Thank you!!

  3. I’d love to know where some of your outfits are from! Especially those shorts! 🙂

  4. love this! thank you so much for sharing, will be using some of these items for an upcoming camping trip.
    Do you mind sharing where your shoes are from? Thank you so much!

  5. Hi Amber ! Your trip seems so dreamy ! Now I want to plan plan something like that for my summer ! I really like to know how you and David train Chauncey to stay with you. We have a really cute and nice golden but he’s always need to say hello to every human and dog that he see and we’d like to have him more free than with his long leash. Love your blog so much !

  6. I really liked reading your comment about aiming to stay in not the best hotels in the future so that your kids grow up grounded. You are giving your kids such a wonderful childhood with all the travel and adventures but so many people (myself included) don’t have the finances to give their kids the same opportunities. I agree with you that it’s important for your kids to know that all the travel and nice hotels is a special thing they should not take for granted. Kudos to you for being self aware enough to see that. 🙂

    1. I thought the same thing! 🙂 You and David are amazing parents!