Some people simply just don’t like being outdoors. It’s perfectly acceptable to not enjoy being outside. Not everybody has to be super into hiking or enjoy sitting in the middle of a forest. There are bugs out there, after all. If you’re not a nature person, that’s perfectly okay. However, when you have kids, you have to make compromises. See if the following situation sounds familiar…
The kids want to go camping. When they started asking you simply changed the subject or left the room. But now they’re serious about it and they won’t stop begging you. You can try get out of it as much as you’d like, but you know that you’ll give in at the end. So, you’re going camping and that’s that.
Of course, you may need a few tips on how to do this as you’re not an expert when it comes to the outdoors.
Find the right tent – As much as you’d like to, you can’t take out your Makita power tools and build yourself a place to stay in the middle of nowhere. You need a tent. It’s the first thing you need to think about. And don’t go for the cheapest one you can find. You don’t want to get soaking wet if it rains or have the thing collapse on you in the middle of the night.
Get a book – No, not the kind of book you can stay in your tent reading while the kids play outside. I’m talking about the kind of book that tells you how to start a camp fire or which plants are poisonous. This book could save you a lot of trouble and probably a few unnecessary injuries. Keep it with you at all times.
Gear up – There are people out there who’ve had the same rustic equipment for over twenty years and are convinced they don’t need anything other than the basics. But that’s not for you. If you’re not the outdoors type, you’re going to need to make this trip as comfortable as possible. So go ahead and browse your local camping store for all the gadgets you could possibly need. A simple torch and Swiss Army Knife will not be enough for you.
Plan ahead – Don’t just pick a place and expect to get there and pitch a tent. There are so many amazing camping spots in South Africa that your family will just love. Find one that doesn’t require a long drive or any long hikes to get there and check the weather forecast in advance. You’re not ready to face the outdoors without knowing exactly what to expect – like where the nearest town is.
Follow this advice and try not to dread the trip too much. Your kids will love it and probably love you even more for doing it with them.