One of my resolutions for the year was to go camping with the kids. My wife’s not too keen on sleeping in the outdoors, but I’m wanted the kids to experience it – if nothing else so that they at least experience it.
We went for the first time last year and the kids loved it, although Mia was probably a little too young. In any case, last weekend we headed off to Norman’s Bay.
The kids loved it. The first thing we had to do was put up our home which the kids loved, though it was harder to stop them from going in whilst I was building it rather than building it.
Many people thought I was a bit crazy taking the two kids on my own, but I thought it was a great opportunity to spend time with the kids and do something they don’t generally do and give my wife a break. I think she welcomed it – had a couple of naps, decent night’s sleep etc.
I on the other hand relied on coffee to deal with this
Anyway, when we got there we decided we’d do a little travelling around and see Pevensey Castle and we went to the beach (an English beach, so no sand just stones!?!). The campsite was quite nice and we lucked out with the weather – no rain at all until we were packing up.
I’m planning on going again later in the summer because if you find the right place, camping is a great way for the kids to be out in nature playing in a safe environment and making friends. It is also extremely relaxing (despite the above) – due to the cold evening I wasn’t able to do as planned and read a book outside, but I have been able to do it on previous occasions so I would definitely recommend it.
Anyway I learnt a few lessons, which I thought I would impart onto others:
- Less clothes is more – I packed an awful lot I didn’t need. I think as long as you take something for any weather then you’ll be ok (I’m basing this on a weekend trip)
- A big tent helps – whilst cosy, a bigger tent would’ve given them a bit more room and shelter during the cold evening rather than a choice between being in the tent or out in the cold. My new tent is already picked.
- Games for the kids – the description said the campsite had a games room but a puzzle in a room does not constitute as games, so even something like a frisbee or football will be in our bags next week
- The more family the better – it was amazing the number of families who were there and I think as a quick getaway and fun and easy time for everyone camping is perfect.