My eight year old always tells me that I hate nature because I’m not a fan of bugs, lizards or snakes among other things. I don’t mind looking from afar but I don’t need any interaction. Sadly our best friends moved a couple of hours away a couple of months ago so we’ve decided to go camping with them next weekend. While I’m beyond excited to see our friends and let all the kiddos play together, I’m not totally sold on the camping side of things.
Last time I attempted camping, hubby was gone for the weekend. My mom and her husband invited us to go with them so I thought I could take the boys and have some fun. One night of camping couldn’t be that bad right?? After spending the morning packing, I headed out to the campground with a two year old and couple month old. We got there and the grandparents showed us around the campground – the playground, walking trails and pond. Corbin was so excited about the pond he literally walked right in fully clothed. I don’t mind that he got his clothes wet but he didn’t stop walking and I was right behind him in my clothes pulling him out of the water. A quick change of clothes and I was back to trying to enjoy camping. Dinner went ok and soon it was time for bed. Everyone went to bed without too much of a fight but soon enough Carter was up and ready for a bottle – not unusual. What was unusual is that he didn’t want to go back to sleep and just wanted to scream. I’m sure we woke up half the neighbors judging by the lights that were flipping on around us. Quieting down just wasn’t much of an option for him at that point so I decided to pack our stuff up and go home. Since the campground was in an area where I once worked, I figured I knew where I was. When you’re exhausted, flustered and worked up you don’t exactly have your wits about you which lead to us getting lost on the drive back home. Normally this wouldn’t be a problem and I’d figure it out but I was almost out of gas and not much is open at 2 AM.
In the end, we all made it home safe and sound but I swore I was never camping again. Here we are four years later and I’m going to give this another try. This time we’re renting a cabin with the other family (they’ve also got three kids) so hopefully the outcome will be a little better than our last experience. Carter wants to spend a weekend in the mountains so if this goes well, we’ll try again at another cabin in the mountains next year.
I’ve got some recipes I’ll share later this week that hopefully will come in handy. I’m trying to make as much in advance as I can so I won’t have to mess with it while we’re trying to catch up and relax.
What are your tips for camping? What are your “must do” camping things?