Lovely ones! I do so hope the Summer holidays have treated you kindly and you find yourself refreshed and raring to leap into a new term. Please find detailed below a few pearls of wisdom gained from our great British Summer experience…
5 Tips to Survive Camping with a Toddler
- Be prepared.
Boy scouts aint got nothing on a mama preparing to take a toddler camping. Start writing lists the moment someone poses this adventurous idea. Discover that one magical item, the one you pin all your hopes and dreams on to make the trip run smoothly. Ours was a plastic trug to bath the child in (see sick incident below) and a well charge tablet, fully stocked with episodes of Sofia the First.
2. Pack excessively.
Yes, you will need twice as many toddler t-shirts than the number of days you are going. So will you for that matter. 2-3 sets of bedding per person will most definitely come in handy (see sick incident below)
3. Never go it alone.
Friends and family not only make for fabulous company and excellent eyes in the back of your head. They can also be used to form your A Team, highly useful in tackling such catastrophes as 5 rounds of child vomit.
4. Lower you expectations.
Prepare yourself mentally by expecting to have a horrendous time (see sick incident above). Assume you won’t sleep and will spend the majority of the time picking your child out of muddy puddles and stopping them swallowing rocks. If the worst happens you won’t have the addition of dashed dreams to contend with. You never know, by setting the bar low you may even be pleasantly surprised.
5. See the funny side.
When your husband is 30 minutes away with the only keys to the camper van and you get locked inside, alarm blaring, with your toddler, how can you not laugh at your own misfortune? If only to mask the tears! I personally opted for posting my child out of the window in exchange for a large gin and made my dear friend sit outside the van until the keys returned. Misery loves company.
When all else fails I firmly believe in a touch of daytime drinking (one parent always remaining firmly sober, child under constant supervision, after 12noon and I was on holiday, ok? OK) and reminding yourself you will look back at these moments as hilariously fond memories, the stories will make excellent fodder for snoozy family gatherings, dinner parties and blog posts.
‘Do you remember that one time the three of us were sharing a 3/4 double fold out bed in a camper van and Florence threw up 5 times in one night…’
Happy Summer Holidays Everybody!
– Fifi & Florence x