Camping is a really great way to spend time together as a family and connect with nature – but it is never like it is in the movies. Ever.
Far from sipping on glasses of wine as you roast marshmallows over the burning camp fire, sleeping in a tent can leave a lot to be desired, particularly in our ever rainy country.
1. Setting up the tent
Nobody wants to help, but everybody wants it up.
2. Toilet trips at 3am
No matter how many times you bring them before they go to sleep you just know you’ll have to brace the cold, wet grass at about 3am.
3. Eating off your lap in one corner of the tent
The rain means you’re stuck inside, even if you have a lovely picnic table outside.
4. Sharing a sleeping bag with a kicker
If you have the joy of sharing the tent with a child who likes to kick in the middle of the night there’s going to be trouble!
5. Eating burnt sausages
Just make sure they aren’t raw on the inside.
6. Dealing with the flies and wasps
They are just everywhere.
7. Trying to figure out how to get two jumpers on over your pyjamas
It’s going to be freezing at night!
8. A camp fire that won’t start
No matter how long you spend trying to get a spark going you just know your efforts are fruitless.
9. Dealing with the rain
Because there will be rain. There’s always rain.
10. Packing up to go home
Trying to stuff a wet tent back into its cover is not easy. Trust us!