Camping – On the Bright Side
I admit it. I am not a camper. I love bathrooms, showers, my own big comfy bed, and most of all, 8 kid free hours every night after they all fall fast asleep. To me, all I can think of when I think about camping is depriving myself of some of these simple pleasures. That being said, I know that with 4 outdoors-y kids, an occasional camping trip is inevitable.
Since this month’s loanables giveaway is a camping trip (click here for details), I have decided to put on my optimist hat and consider all the positive aspects to camping. So, here’s what I came up with:
- A technology free vacation. This has to be at the top of my list. No whining about wanting to watch a video, play on a game station, or tune in to YouTube…it sounds like paradise. Plus, it would be such a great impetus for my husband and I to turn off our phones and enjoy the great out-of-doors.
- Cooking outside – everything tastes better when you cook it on a fire. Hot dogs and hamburgers are my personal favorite because they taste best cooked over a campfire but if you are feeling ambitious, you can cook almost anything – pizza, veggies, shrimp, cheese dip…the sky’s the limit! Check out this great collection of campfire recipes – some of them are making my mouth water as I type!
- S-mores – this deserves a mention all its own. I know I can make s’mores anytime or even throw a s’mores party and rent this awesome s’mores maker but there’s just something special about sitting around a campfire singing songs and playing games and cooking marshmallow after marshmallow over an open fire.
- Outdoor activities. Our family loves to be outside doing just about anything – swimming, hiking, throwing a football, climbing trees, etc. I found this list of great outdoor camping games to keep everyone entertained outside. If you are thinking about things to bring with you on your trip, why not rent a corn hole set or giant Jenga? These would be great entertainment at a campsite and everyone can play!
- Time to read a book – Everyone can read their own or you can read out loud as a family. In our house there are only 2.5 readers out of 6 of us so a family book works great. For little kids I love A Camping Spree for Mr. Magee and Curious George Goes Camping. Teenagers and adults alike might find some good camping reads here. Wild or Into the Wild are two of my favorite books of all time and would be great for an outdoor trip! Whatever your pleasure, being outside can offer a chance to relax…and how better to relax than with a great book.
And just like that, I am kind of excited about the prospect of a camping trip – talk about the art of positive thinking. So, I guess I will have to overlook comfort and take some time to truly enjoy the things I have listed above, and, of course, my family. I’m off to enter the giveaway!