for a while it seemed every time I went away in a tent something went wrong! Like the time it rained on our waterproof tent which turned out to not be waterproof at all or a different time when a storm snapped the tent poles and I woke up to a tent on top of me (the tent was brand new!).
I've ditched the tent for a caravan now and that has been far more successful.
Camping is fun, and its the unexpected that makes it so memorable.
I remember going on one camp with Girl Guides, it made me realise I was destined for caravan park camping lol.
We had to boil a "pig" for a bath and walk around naked under raincoats while we waited for our tub bath, then we had to put our raincoats back on to empty the tub so the next person can use it. It was years ago but I remember that bath portion well
So true Belinda. Know you know why we always told the mothers never to buy a clear raincoat (which did happen on a couple of camps). Half the fun was double pegging the bell tents in high winds so we didn't have any disasters.
If you've got kids a camper trailer might be worth trying, that way you've got a trailer that you can put all the kiddy stuff in. We struggled fitting tent, portacot, high chair, bikes etc in the car but it was fine in the camper.
We outgrew our camper and now have a cheap caravan
No, I don't do camping, but I did back-pack around Bali, Lombok & Gili Air for 3 weeks in '95 with our 2 daughters, a friend & her teenage son. That was a lot of fun. We stayed in home-stays for $3 each a night with a banana pancake breakfast with coffee! Sorry, that wasn't the question, but I thought I'd mention it anyway.
I have gone camping only one time and that was an awful experience! It was gloomy when we arrived at the campsite- we pitched our tents - three tents, one for each family who were holidaying together. within minutes one tent collapsed leaving a family of four without a tent. They all ended up in our "Five Person" tent so nine of us huddled together. It was thundering, lightning and pouring the whole night... there was mud everywhere, toilets were too far to get to during the storm. finally at 3am I broke down and cried and asked my husband to take me home! It was all a good joke later but not during the night :-)
I love camping and the good times outweigh the bad.
We camped around Australia with our eldest and two dogs. It was cathartic as we had just lived through a flood and lost everything except what we had in the car or could pressure wash afterwards. Camping became our home away from home. The main thing was we had one another.
I had to have emergency surgery- that wasn't great and painful camping afterwards but once I had recovered it was ok.