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Go camping for at least a weekend #101in1001

Last year we went camping for the first time with Isla. It was just for one night, and it was her nursery’s annual excursion for the whole nursery. We had a really good time, chatting and drinking with friends. We had a picnic dinner, and there was bacon sandwiches for breakfast.

The activities etc that nursery had planned were not very well organised, with even most of the staff not knowing what was going on where or when. But nevermind.

Isla was really good, and only woke up once in the night, and settled really quickly again, so that was a huge relief.

We enjoyed it so much we decided we wanted to go again this summer, and to camp for more than one night.

We bought a new tent this summer, it was on offer at Millets. They had a big sale on, and then a further 20% off camping bits. So our huge 8 man tent should have cost about £450, but in the end only cost us £170ish.

I decided I wanted a big tent. There is nothing worse than being camping and for the heavens to open, and then get stuck in a small 3 man tent with no room, and a toddler! This way, with out big tent, if it rains, there is plenty of room for us to entertain Isla in the tent, room to stand up, have chairs set out etc.

It also meant that Mum and Dad could come camping with us. We’d been talking about going camping with them for a long time, as my Mum loves camping, and I think Dad does too, once he’s there! But with all sorts of life bits getting in the way, we left it until the last-minute to sort it out and book it! (Booked it on Thursday, arrived at the campsite on Sunday!)

Now, I know this challenge says that I should be going camping for at least a weekend, I took this to mean it didn’t strictly have to include a weekend. As I said, we arrived on the Sunday, and stayed until the Wednesday, so 3 nights in total.

Go camping for at least a weekend #101in1001

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It was a really nice campsite, with clean toilets and showers (always a big bonus/strict requirement!) and the other campers there were so friendly. The only downside was that there was a noisy road nearby, that seemed to be quite popular with boy racers late at night, and the sound carried!

Isla also did not sleep quite so well this time around. We debated for a while as to whether to bring her travel cot for her to sleep in, but decided against it in the end. She slept on an airbed next to me and Chris. And she woke up…a lot. I don’t know whether it was because she was cold, as it did get quite chilly during the night, or what. But on the first night, she woke up at 1am, 2am, 3am, and 4am…and stayed away then until 8am, where she conked out for a couple of hours! The next night she slept better, but still not great, and the third night there was another slight improvement. I was absolutely exhausted by the end of it, but still enjoyed myself.

Chris unfortunately didn’t have any annual leave left, so we had to choose a campsite close enough so that he could drive into work in the mornings. I think he was pretty tired too (although he definitely slept better than I did while there!) but also enjoyed himself when he came back to the campsite in the evenings.

Camping is something that I love doing, and have so many fond memories of camping as a child. I’m hoping it’s something we can do regularly, and in fact we may end up going camping with some friends soon, as I was talking to them about it recently!

Go camping for at least a weekend #101in1001

Check out my whole list on this post. If you’d like to see how I’m progressing with all my other tasks, then have a look at my list on the Day Zero Project site

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