Needless to say, I was shocked. I never expected him to go camping much less come back so excited about their experience and wanting to go again.
I caught up with him this summer and talked to him about his experience and to get his thoughts on how to have a successful family car camping experience. If you are considering camping or have a significant other who is reluctant, check out these tips.
Q: What motivated you to go camping?
A: It was easier for me because I have an experienced partner. Even though she hadn't been camping in many years, she still knew what to expect and how to prepare better than I would have. The unknown was also appealing to me, I like trying new things.
Q: What was your favorite aspect of camping?
A: I loved having distance from our daily routine. It was so nice to just be away from it all. I also liked building a fire and fishing. Once again, just fun to try new things.
Q: What was your least favorite aspect of camping?
A: Dirty hands! I expected not to have a shower but having dirty hands all the time really bothered me. (This is also a pet peeve of my husband, also a non-outdoorsy person. Our solution was a DIY hand washing station using an old laundry soap bottle, see below.)
Q: Besides the basics, what was the most useful piece of equipment?
A: A cooler. We love food. We ate more because we were more active and we just like combining food with new experiences. Plus having a cooler packed with food was one less thing to worry about.
Q: What piece of equipment will you have for your next trip?
A: A bigger tent. We borrowed a 3 person tent from a friend and were very cramped with two adults and toddler. We want a little more space to move around, play and relax at the end of the day.
Q: What was the best advise you received before your trip?
A: Bring a cooler and bug spray. Luckily we followed both and they proved useful.
Q: What advice would you give other first-time campers?
A: First, over pack food, cloths, etc. It was nice having fewer things to worry about. Second, just commit and have a positive mindset. Don't get frustrated over mishaps and lack of showers, they will happen. Have clear expectations a head of time.
Check out these other posts I have written for tips on making the most of your family's car camping trips.
- Camping vs. Hotels: Why you should camp for your next family vacation!
- 8 Space Saving Tips for Family Car Camping
- Helping Kids Deal With Their Fear of Bugs
- Tips From A Frugal Camper
- A Tale of Two Toddlers: A Camping Adventure!
- Why Camping in the Spring is the Best
Here are some great tips for other outdoor families.