10 Lessons learned while camping

A few days of camping in the woods teaches you a few things…

  1. If the weather forecaster predicts that temps will reach 105 degrees, what she really means is it will be 827 degrees with a heat index of 3 billion.
  2. When your newly-potty trained 3-year-old son poops in his panties in the 100 degree tent, you will, for a not-so-fleeting moment, completely understand the concept of having a “least favorite child.”
  3. $3.99 flip flops from Old Navy are a complete rip off.
  4. When removed from your laptop, iPhone and iPad, you’ll notice things that you wouldn’t have otherwise. On your morning swim, you’ll notice a mother goose on the lake with her 11 babies following close behind. In the afternoon, you’ll hear the laughter from children playing at the lake carried on the breeze. In the late evening, you’ll smell S’mores from three campsites down.
  5. Bees suck. The end.
  6. Legos in the tent will simultaneously be the best idea you’ve ever had (an hour of peaceful playtime in the afternoon) and the worst idea you’ve ever had (stepping on a stray block at 11pm, when you’re making your way to your cot).
  7. When the campground’s general store sells pint-sized “small” ice creams for $1.99, you will quickly come to realize that it really is possible to eat too much ice cream.
  8. Even when you feel like you’re a veteran camper and that you have a solid system in place, camping is still a ton of work. It’s worth it, but wow, it is so much work.
  9. No shower is more fantastic than the one you take when you get home from 3 days spent camping.
  10. There is something magical about exposing your children to the joys of camping. If you ever worry that you  aren’t giving your children the quintessential summer, give them a handful glow bracelets, a couple of flashlights and roast up some marshmallows. Then sit back and smile because none of you will forget those moments.




double doodle, north american retriever, golden doodle, labradoodle

glow bracelets

child in tent, girl in tent

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  1. Peggy

    This is awesome! I was cracking up over the list of lessons, then when I saw that you too the dog too? Well, that just warmed my heart..to…827 degrees!

  2. Cam

    You’re brave! We had to cancel our trip last week. Looking forward to our next trip though. Glad you had a good time and you all survived the trip!

  3. Natalie

    We are going next week and it s supposed to be in the 100s. Pray for me please!

  4. Greta gfunkified.com

    Oh my goodness….number 2? I can’t even! I used to camp, and my kids love to. So far, it’s only been in the yard. I can’t say I actually enjoy it anymore, though!

  5. Bridgette Bridgettetales.com

    Love you and this list!! Camping is both one of my favorite things to do and one of the most exhausting. But the memories….worth it.

  6. Margaret nannygoatsinpanties.com

    You crack me up and I can’t believe you survived the 827 degree heat. There is NO WAY I could do that. You are now my camping hero.

  7. Aleta fleurdealeta.blogspot.com

    Absolutely adorable pictures and lessons well learned,but…. when my son is camping age…. he’s going have a son/daddy time for that. hehe

  8. Kori

    You are very brave. I’ve contemplated tent camping with our kids, but I’m not brave enough yet. (We have gone on an RV trip though.) The pictures are so cute. I’m glad you were able to navigate through the heat, bees and poop to find the beauty in all the other moments :)

  9. Laura anuncommonfamily.com

    Exactly what Kori said. You are brave, my friend.

    I am glad you had such a great time with your family – and without technology.

    Loved this list!!

  10. Jin Ai mamahearmeroar.com

    You have guts. I love camping but haven’t been brave enough to try it since kids came along. Maybe we’ll start in the backyard first. Just have to bite the bullet, eh?

  11. Zomg, your dog! Look at that face! But wow are you one brave mama for taking the dog with the kids. I’d lose my crap. Oh, and the legos? Ugh! That is the worst thing to step on any time of night. :)

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