Camping – The Fantasy vs The Reality

Camping - The Fantasy vs the realityThe summer holidays can be a time of exotic vacations for some lucky people. But for some it can be a time for a more modest and outdoorsy holiday (I’m talking about camping, people, CAMPING). It can be a time when a family packs their car so full that the car can only drive at 50 miles per hour. That said family will then spend 10 hours driving somewhere that is only five hours away as the roads are full of other families driving in their overly packed cars. Perhaps at your destination you will get set up in 10 minutes. Or perhaps you will spend six hours setting up, cursing throughout whilst being bitten by mosquitoes.

After much begging by my Husband, who tried to convince me that camping with two young children could be and would be idyllic, I agreed to go on our first family camping trip. This is despite the fact that I don’t own wellies, I like wearing dresses and I have a daily hair-straightening regime that requires electricity. Last week we spent two nights in The Lake District (not exactly a short drive from London). So I thought I would share how the fantasy measured up to the reality.

Waking up to peaceful surroundings.

Camping - The Fantasy vs the reality

Bonding with your family.

Camping - The Fantasy vs the reality

Appreciating the great outdoors.

Camping - The Fantasy vs the reality

Enjoying the weather.

Camping - The Fantasy vs the reality

But at the end of the day, as long as you have delicious food and *some alcohol (*a wheelbarrow full of booze), it will all be okay. Happy Camping!

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7 thoughts on “Camping – The Fantasy vs The Reality

  1. I like your food and alcohol plan! Does look like a very nice setting despite the reality of camping but the question is would you do it again? I always imagine it would be quite fun but I’m not sure I’m ready to put it to the test yet 🙂

  2. Booze and food makes everything better! I went camping every year as a child. I loved it, and will always remember the torrential rain on the roof of the tent. My parents definitely got through it with the help of alcohol! x

  3. Ha this made me smile! This was me three years ago when my hubby convinced me to go camping for the first time (that wasn’t just us at a festival) we actually went to this very same campsite, and at the time I didn’t own wellies or s waterproof and I took more make up than food! Three years and around ten camping trips later I’m a convert though! Nothing better than enjoying a glass of wine in a field while watching the children entertain themselves with fresh air!

    1. How funny that Low Wray was your first campsite too. It actually wasn’t too bad. And we now know what would make camping easier. I am actually looking forward to camping again (though I think I’ll need an air bed instead of a SIM).

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