Well, we survived! We recently got a new-to-us tent trailer and took it for it’s first spin last week the minute school was out.
(Side note: SO MUCH SCHOOL. I think we could’ve safely skipped the last month and no one would have been any the worse for wear. Like swimming lessons, the teacher has pretty much decided if you’re going to pass at the halfway point, the rest is just killing time.)
Despite Carl having to work part of the time and my stress level rising as the heat rose in his absence, it was actually a really good time :) We snuck in before the fire ban, which meant the best part of camping, the fire, was alive and well, and the whole campground smelled amazing. The scenery and weather were beautiful, the campsites were shady, the cousinly company was excellent, the kids slept better than they do at home, and the food was fully cooked and delicious.
The baby is at a terrible age for camping, just belly crawling and putting everything in his mouth, so he was relegated to confined spaces at all times.
Really, nothing can bring down his sunny personality – he would play in his pack-and-play for an hour, I would take out the toys and suggest lying down, and 5 minutes later he would be asleep, whether on the beach, in the trailer, or in the middle of the campsite while we packed up. Seriously, child, I could not ask for anything more.
Gemma spent every possible minute in the water, Kristopher spent his time fishing, and Theo fished for rocks to throw. I might not love his fear of water when it comes to bath time, but it sure makes monitoring easier at the beach :)
Kristopher informed me after that he liked “everything best” about camping. While I may not quite feel the same, I can see why people do it for the kids. What’s your best camping tip for camping with kids?
Great pictures! Kids do love camping :)
Camping is great! It’s my favourite way to vacation. My best tips for camping with kids are to pick a campground with a playground near enough to your site that they can play there a lot and to pick places to go where there will be lots of things to explore. We love camping where there are lots of different hiking trails nearby or historical sites to visit (though those can be a tougher sell for young kids). Have you tried geocaching? That’s great for kids too, and there are caches all over so you should be able to find some near you. Have fun camping this summer!