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20 Inevitabilities of a Family Camping Trip

Family Camping Trip
Although we absolutely love family camping you are guaranteed that something will go wrong 😉

We love family camping.

We recently returned from our first full-blown family camping trip with all three daughters and loved every minute of it.

However, I would be lying if I said that it all passed off without a hitch 😉

With this in mind here is my list of things that will most likely go wrong whilst on a family camping trip:

  • The School’s stuffed animal that does the rounds coming home for families to share in what they get up to will almost certainly end up on the stove and generally be abused
  • You will run out of stove gas mid cooking leaving you with a half-cooked meal when everyone is starving
  • You won’t wash for 3 days straight just because you can
  • At some point it will rain…..lot’s
  • Your tent will leak….at least three times
  • You will forget at least one important item like the room box key or the mallet
  • The kids will wake up at 5 am at first light and you will know about it….every single day
  • All rules about access to digital devices will go out of the window in the hope of keeping the kids entertained whilst you try to read a book…..
  • A child will leave an offending but elusive skid somewhere in the tent that for love nor money you will not be able to pinpoint despite the lingering smell
  • You will burn some toast….twice…..and stink the tent out
  • Your milk will go off
  • You will become the collector of scouring pads over the course of your stay resulting in you being able to become a professional washer upper
  • You will make some special friends on the first day and spend the rest of the week trying to avoid them
  • You will encounter pubic hair blocking the shower plugholes
  • Your children will make friends with other children and you will only see them at mealtimes, dashing your hopes for some quality family time only replacing it with begrudgingly having to read the newspaper
  • You will misplace your car keys…more than once
  • Your kids will misplace your car keys too
  • You will inherit someone else’s child(ren) and despite your best efforts you will not be able to get rid of them and their parents will not be forthcoming in reciprocating the childcare favour
  • Your kids will go to bed in the same set of clothes that they then wake up in and wear the next day (well it does save time getting them dressed and on washing)

What epic fails have you had when camping?

How do you cope with camping with young children?

As always it would be great to hear from you with your comments below 🙂

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17 thoughts on “20 Inevitabilities of a Family Camping Trip”

  1. Ah, I really wanted to go camping this summer hols, but we didn’t get round to it. Maybe next year! Love your list! Thanks for joining in with #ThatFridayLinky

  2. This is so funny. Once when we were much younger we arrived at a campsite in the dark and put up the tents using the lights of the car. In the morning we realised we were on a slope when everyone had rolled to one side in a sleeping heap! That was a highlight. The concrete showers a low point … x

    1. Lol there is nothing worse that attempting to put up a tent in the dark and I’ve put a tent up in the day light and still managed to get in the wrong way round so we all rolled on top of each other!! As for camping showers #NoComment!

  3. Haha! Love this never likely to happen to me because I refuse to go camping, I love the making special friends and then avoiding them so true of any holiday great read Thank you for linking to #Thatfridaylinky please come back next week

  4. Sounds like a typical camping trip! We used to ‘love’ camping when the kids were young. I say love because, at the time it was awful, but afterwards we would all reminisce and book the next one! The one about the school soft toy made me chuckle -I’m that teacher -sorry/not sorry! You did miss the most annoying though……your air bed will deflate at some point during the night and every night after that whilst your partners won’t and he will sleep on regardless.
    Fab andfun post. #globalblogging

    1. Ah yes the deflating airbed!!! I have switched over to one of these very thin self inflating air beds which are the bomb and dont deflate but I have had many a camping trip where I wake up on the cold floor.

      As for School soft toys #NoComment 😉

  5. Hehe yes! So true! We always go camping too and your childcare comment particularly made me laugh!

    With the weather being soooo hot this year, our freezer box managed to completely defrost one day while we were out (despite being crammed with several fresh Ice Packs) and the entire tub of butter turned to liquid and coated EVERYTHING! It was disgusting! #blogcrush

    1. Yikes butter and camping just don’t mix. Our kids manage to get it everywhere including th3 floor turning the tent into an ice rink 😉

    1. Back pain and camping are not a good mix. I suffer from terrible back pain and this has put me off for years. However I’ve just discovered the very thin self inflating mats and they are brilliant. After 10 nights my back was absolutely fine. As for school stuffed toys I regret to say that the frog did make it back safely to school…..just 😉

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