This past weekend we went for our first family camping adventure, and I’m happy to say it was successful (the wife is already planning the next one)! Here are the top 5 things I learned from the camping experience with our 17 month old daughter.
- Get a lot of sleep the night before.We have a very easy toddler, and sleep was still a struggle on the first night.
- Bring too much stuff. I genuinely mean this. If you think you’ll need it, and you have room then pack it. Bring the kitchen sink if you can. There’s times to rough it, the first night camping as a family isn’t it.
- Bring lots of ziplock gallon bags. There will be diapers, snot, dirty clothes, and a lot of unexpected things.
- Enjoy the dirt.My daughter was amazed by the dirt, the ants, the flowers, the birds, the stones, and everything around her. It was beautiful. She was dirty, and dusty. I wouldn’t trade it for anything.
- Leave your ego, self-esteem, and attitude at home.This trip required a lot of patience, and optimism on my part. I thankfully have married a saint that dealt with my Type-A packing-self. I feel like I learned a lot, and was also reminded about the simple things in life. Slowing down is good for the soul. Tune out the B.S., and focus on the glorious beauty around you. This is something I need to work on, and disconnecting from it all for a few days was a great dose of what real reality should be about.