Recently we took our first tent camping trip as a family. We had stayed at my cousin’s campsite a few years ago, in a tent. However, we were able to go into her camper, if we needed something or just wanted to have a break from nature.
We are unapologetically, not the type of people who need to connect with the wilderness. We live in the suburbs, and we enjoy rural or city life. However, we are not the family that craves being one with nature. In fact, my children will scream at the sight of a fly, but we decided that this would be a great adventure.
We will go camping again. I don’t think it will be something that we’ll do for a majority of our vacations, but it will get us out-of-town more often because the cost of staying at a campground is so much less than a hotel.
We did agree that we would like a small camper in the future. We just feel like the walls of a camper will give more of a feeling of security while we are trying to sleep. Plus, unlike a tent, it is not on the ground. This is important, if it rains “cat and dogs.”
For vacations on a tight budget, tent camping is a good way to bond as a family and spend time together. It’s best when everyone can pitch in and help, and slowing down to talk by the fire is definitely something I recommend.
I became a first-time mommy at 37. The timing for starting our family landed us in the middle of becoming a co-caregiver for my mom and at a high point in my career. Our adventure continues as we navigate through this amazing and crazy journey we call life.