We have just returned from four night camping. Four nights is the longest stretch we have done in our tent and I think it is probably as much as we can do with our current tent (although I looking longingly at the awning you can get for it which would double the space).

We did think about staying an extra night as the weather was so nice but I was secretly relieved to hear they were fully booked..

I do really love camping though and here are a few reasons why…

  • Fresh air and outdoor fun in a safe environment.
  • Watching the starry sky at night.
  • Living simply without the boring chores (though there is still plenty to keep you busy in a tent!)
  • Less housework and distractions means more time to play with the kids and generally have fun.
  • Boys making friends and getting lots of fresh air.
  • No lure of TV! We did take some DVDs and a portable player though!
  • Meeting other (mostly) friendly campers.
  • Browsing through all the “things to do” leaflets in a new area.
  • Camping with friends and family and living side by side for a few days is brilliant!
  • It is good for your health – as I have just discovered here!

Things I don’t

  • The washing pile when we get home!

Linking up with Magic Moments and What’s the Story.

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9 Responses to What I love about camping

  1. […] Book a table at a nearby pub for your first meal post pitching or take a homemade chilli to heat up with nachos type thing as you won’t feel like cooking. And take plenty of wine. ┬áLouise Edwards […]

  2. It sounds wonderful. We are about to embark on our first camping holiday with the children in the last week of the holidays. Think we’ve just about bought everything we need, as expensive as that was at least its only a one time expense. You sound like you are pros now… any tips? x

    • Louise says:

      Thank you for your lovely comment! Hope you have lots of fun. We have been going family camping for four years now but don’t know if I would say we are pros lol! I would say take your first meal pre-prepared ie chilli and nachos or something that you can just heat up. It usually takes longer than you think to get the tent up, beds made and kids entertained at the same time. At least that way if you are in an unfamiliar place you will have your first meal sorted – I recommend eating out as much as possible after that ­čÖé We have mainly done local camping ie Derbyshire but have been to Wales, Yorkshire, London and now Norfolk in the tent. It is a big expense at first but then night rates after that are much cheaper than a cottage or B&B and it is much more flexible and fun. Enjoy and let us know how you get on! xxx

  3. Granny says:

    The boys certainly look as if they are enjoying themselves. Keep it up Louise and Gary, only 12 more years and they will be grown up and these days will just be a memory. Enjoy it all! Xxx

  4. Jaime Oliver says:

    awww Louise what a beautiful picture! i am so glad you had some fantastic weather for your trip!

    Thanks for linking up with #MagicMoments xx

  5. You almost sold it to me! I hate the thought of camping, although people are always telling me how good it is. You boys certainly look happy. I camped as a teenager of D of E and also at Glastonbury and another festival. A friend recently pointed out this wasn’t camping, this was ‘roughing it’, so maybe I’ve got it all wrong and should try again!
    Popping over from What’s the story.

  6. Charly Dove says:

    What a great photo Louise, the boys look like they’re enjoying themselves. Fabulous weather to have too, you must have been delighted. Gives you so much more freedom. Thank you for linking up with #whatsthestory

  7. says:

    I love the simple things in life and camping is one of them!

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