When I think back to my childhood I remember a few good holidays with Family. The ones that have the strongest memories for me our the ones that we had in the UK. Like when I went to Hunstanton with my aunt, uncle and cousins. My uncle told me not to let my cousin go on the balance beam in the park, I let him and he fell in the biggest muddy puddle. My uncle then had to buy him a whole new outfit. oops. Another time that sticks out to me was when we went to Great Yarmouth, me and my cousin went on a vehicle merry-go-round (on the motor bikes) everytime we went over the hill we would stand up. We got in so much trouble by the guy who ran the ride, and of course we felt like complete rule breakers.
We also went camping a few times, and it is one of the things I really want Emily to experience. Their is nothing quite like spending the night outside, listening to the wind rustle your tent. With all the technology we have these days, sometimes it is nice to just unplug from social media and the internet. Camping offers you the perfect opportunity to do that, we are waiting until Emily is slightly older before attempting to take her camping. With so many beautiful places to visit in the UK, we didn't think about looking further a field when planning our first holiday with Emily. Emily's first holiday was to Wales, we had a lovely time, and she really enjoyed feeling the sand between her toes for the first time.
This year we are going on a caravan holiday, but I hope to take Emily camping in the future, for now we will just have to keep practicing in her tent and teepee. We really need to work on her essentials, as she currently thinks she needs to take everything she owns into her tent. I strongly believe that making a good list and sticking to it is the best way to plan a camping trip. It ensures that you don't forget anything.
Halford's have recently brought our The Ultimate UK Camping Guide for 2016. It is full of useful tips, tourist hotspots, camping recipes, and beginners camping tips. It also gave me details of lots of campsites across the UK, I have to admit there is a few on their that I didn't know about and would love to explore. It also gave me some good tips that I will definitely be putting into practice when we look for a tent to suit our family needs.
The thing I really loved about the guide was it included ways to entertain the little ones whilst camping. If your a parent you know they need constant entertainment and distractions. Sitting around a campfire and taking in the fresh air doesn't really appeal to children. I remember when we went camping we would play worm fights. It was a hilarious game, and a game I hope to teach Emily one day. Basically you draw a circle on the floor using masking tape, or string, whatever you have to hand I guess. You then get into your sleeping bag upside down, so you are unable to see and then wrestle with another person. The first person to roll out the ring, or be pushed out looses.
Do you have any useful tips for camping? I would love to hear them.