This post first featured on my blog in 2013. We have camped a fair bit since then so I thought I would update the post and share it again.
We are currently in the process of booking a camping break for the summer holidays and I think my mum might even join us for a few days. We are thinking of the Peak District, its not too far away but plenty far enough to feel like a holiday. It is also very pretty and had cakes named after its towns. What isn't to love about that?
2. Flat pumps - flip flips might be fine in the day but not so great in the night when you need to make a toilet run and have socks on and the grass is dewy.
3. An umbrella - for night time toilet stops in the rain.
4. Entertainment for the children- both outdoor and inside tent activities so you have something for all weather. We have a football, cricket set, Frisbee, crayons, books, top trumps and toy cars.
5. Carrier bags- for dirty clothes, sandy clothing, rubbish, keeping clothes dry in shower rooms and general emergencies. Large reusable bags also work really well. If your shower floor is wet and dirty and there are limited dry areas then you can stand in your large bag for life to get dressed.
6. Plan a meal - think about what time of the day you will arrive. Add on an hour or so to allow you to erect your tent and get everything set up. Cook something at home so that all you need to do is reheat it. It will save you rushing to get set up and find somewhere to eat or a shop as soon as you get there. Or choose a camp-site near the chippy!
7. Single air beds - even if you are camping with a partner I would recommend buying two single air beds rather than a double. With a double you feel every movement your sleeping partner makes. You can keep the air beds together with a fitted double sheet. It also means that in the event of a puncture only one of you is sleeping on the floor as opposed to both of you.
8. Fleece blankets - if you are sleeping on air bed you need to break up the cold air in the bed with layers of blankets. One between the tent floor and the air bed and another between the air bed and you should do the trick.
9. Ignore the children's bedtime routine - the sooner you accept that bedtime is out the window for your camping trip the sooner you will stop feeling stressed on an evening and start enjoying the extra time with the children. They will drop somewhere and at some point in time.
10. Keep Doors Closed - You wouldn't stay at home and leave all the doors wide open so try not to do the same when you camping (unless it is really really hot). Leaving doors open to bedroom areas not only lets bugs and creepy crawlies in, it also lets the warm air out and the cold air in. If you are having to go to sleep in a freezing cold then then you are going to have a bad night sleep. We usually keep the bedrooms closed all day and close off the living area around tea time. It helps us to keep the tent a nice temperature for sleeping.