Growing up I read books and watched shows where the families go camping together. Usually the kids complain that they didn't want to be stuck in a tent with their parents or whatever, but for some reason that never dissuaded me. I always desperately wanted to go. We just weren't the outdoorsy type so it never happened.
Now that I have kids of my own, I thought "I simply must take my kids camping one day. It'll be so much fun!"
At least I was smart enough to have trial runs.
We started by practicing sleeping in a tent. We tried in the sun room, in the family, wherever it just didn't work. My kids decided they wanted to sleep in the tent outside last year. You guessed it another fail. We lasted until about 10:00...then still awake we ended up back inside AGAIN.
This year we decided to try again. I was weary, but you know the definition of insanity...try the same thing expecting different results... Yeah, I'm insane. But the results were actually DIFFERENT. We slept the whole night in the tent. And I learned a few lessons from it:
- The kids sleep better if you let them play in the tent while setting it up, but then don't actually get in it until bed time. (We went inside and watched Rugrats Go Wild til bedtime. How Wilderness Chick of me right?)
- Get EVERYTHING you need into the tent before you all get into it. This way you can stick together. The second you get out to get something else the kids will freak out and you will be sleeping in your bed again. (This includes sheets, sleeping bags, extra blankets, hoodies, socks, books, water, and any snuggies that are also sleeping in the tent.)
- Reading camping books in the tent is super fun. We read Curious George Goes Camping, Fred and Ted Go Camping, and Amelia Bedelia Goes Camping.
- Bring a flashlight for reading. Unless you are 10 feet from your house using up your cell phone battery because you used the flashlight app to read the books is probably not a good idea.
- Scenes from the Walking Dead video game may flash through your mind. Try to ignore them because zombies can do nothing to a bad@ss supermom like you.
- This is NOTHING like camping outside. What in the world do people eat for breakfast in a tent? I thought we could use the grill like a campfire in the morning and throw eggs and peppers in tin foil and on the "campfire." (I saw that on a camping website somewhere.) Um where exactly do we keep these eggs until the morning? Okay so we scratched that. My daughter and I made homemade whole wheat raisin bread last week. We figured perfect we can keep that in a cooler or something overnight so we brought that out. But in the morning we realized the butter was in the house in the refrigerator. ARE YOU SUPPOSED TO KEEP A FRIDGE IN THE TENT OR SOMETHING??? I DON'T GET IT!
What tips or tricks do you have for me? Please comment! I need all the help I can get! :)