I think I had a “Mary Poppins” view of what camping would be like with small children. You know, the family all holding hands, laughing, joyful as they run up the hill to take a lungful of fresh, clean air before pausing to smile at each other lovingly, in total harmony. For all of you rolling around laughing, I know – what was I thinking?!? Now if you’re at the start of the parenting journey and still think like that, erm, well, how shall I put this, you might need to rein in one or two of your expectations. Our first camping experience with our then 16 month old toddler, consisted of sleeping on an uncomfortable bed that was flat by the morning (although I was painfully aware of this at 2am and 4am), a miserably cramped living space that was woefully inadequate for the long rainy periods and me retrieving my tiny terror every 5 minutes from anyone else’s tent that had better toys, more space, etc. I was not a fan. However, I was also not rich and therefore needed cheap holidays so as our family grew, we persevered.
The good news is that experience has made us infinitely wiser when it comes to creating truly memorable camping trips. I still haven’t experienced that Mary Poppins moment, but to be honest, I don’t want to any more. Real life camping trips provide so much more: As a family you grow and learn, experience adventure, fun, overcome challenges but most importantly, make amazing memories.
We want to make other parents’ lives just that bit easier when it comes to planning your camping trip. You can learn from some of our (often expensive) mistakes rather than making your own and we will signpost you to fantastic campsites and products that help to make your experience easier, more comfortable and fun.