This past week we took our little family camping. In tents. There’s something to be said for a bed that sits up off of the ground.. and walls.
We had a great time but learned some very valuable lessons that needed to be shared with all of you that might be considering camping with a small child(ren) in the near future.
1. Find out where the bathroom is in relation to your campsite before you go. This will save you a lot of walking, or as we called it, mini adventures.
2. Speaking of bathrooms – warn your children about the state that they might find the bathroom in and that words like “eww, gross, ” “I can’t go in there,” and “my pee doesn’t like this place,” might come out of their mouths. That’s expected.
3. Take lots of toys to keep the children busy – even if the camp site already has activities every hour, on the hour, they won’t be enough, because, it’s never enough.
4. S’mores. That is all.
5. Bring rubber boots, because, frogs.
6. Baby Wipes.
7. Make friends with your neighbours, and if they have children make your children be friends with them. (See number 3).
8. Take earplugs for bedtime. This will help you when you try and separate you and your new friend the neighbour with a sheet of vinyl and all he wants to do is tell his family and friends that he loves him… and him… and her.
9. Alcohol. (join in with number 8).
10. Have fun – Get dirty (baby wipes), swim, play, lie on the beach, drink with friends, go to the activities, play Frisbee, listen to music, catch frogs, and take a ton of pictures.