Wednesday, August 25, 2010

What Does One Bring Camping?

In 2 days time, Aaron and I will be embarking on our first family camping trip. HOLD ME! I am nervous. This is something Eric hasn't been to keen on doing at this stage in Aaron's life. The idea of keeping a toddler quarrelled out of harms way isn't is his idea of fun. And now that I come to think of it, it isn't mine either.

When my sister invited me at the beginning of summer I eagerly agreed. It sounded like fun, alone in the wilderness with my sister and her kids. I am so rethinking this now. But I am not going back on it. We'll be up in the Thompson Okanagan area northwest of Kamloops. I looked up the place and their is no amenities whatsoever to speak of save maybe an outhouse and a lake.

I've committed to one night. I hope it goes well. I am at a loss as to what to pack. I haven't been camping in years! The last time I attempted it, it was a disaster. I tried to go with four friends, and the four of us together couldn't string up a tarp! How pathetic. I've always wanted to be the outdoorsy type, I just never seemed to know the right people or have the opportunity to. Well, this year this changes. I have all the gear thanks to my dad who was generous to lend me his camping gear. I don't have to bring cooking supplies as my sister has it. I just need to bring food. This I am at a loss for too!

What do you bring for food when camping?? We did go "camping" with Eric's family when Aaron was 6 weeks old (we stayed in a lodge) and ate our meals at the campsite. I considered that luxury camping as everyone had RV's! I always over pack, so this time I am not going to buy too much food.

I've tried to group it into meals, snacks and drinks.


- cereal


-hot dogs
-condiments (ketchup, mustard)




-fruit (I'll get some on the way)


- bottled water
- canned juice

Should I bring alcohol? I don't drink much in Aaron's presence.

I am sure we will be bored after he goes to bed at night since there is a camp fire ban in pretty much all of B.C. I have no idea how this can go down. HELP!

I wish I could fast forward to next week when I take Aaron "camping" at my grandpa's resort pad complete with his motor home, pools, playing field, ocean and ample kid friendly activities.

I am not sure if I need to bring paper plates, cups, cutlery... I assume my sister will have all of this.

So far I am bringing a tent, sleeping bag, air mattress, cooler, pack N' play, extra wipes, hand sanitizer and toilet paper, The air mattress works! I guess I should bring bug spray too. Think happy thoughts for me please. And if you have any suggestions please let me know.


S.I.F. said...

I love camping!! You guys are going to have such a blast - it will be great!

SciFi Dad said...

Honestly, I never understood the allure of camping. If I were to answer you sincerely, my list would look something like:
- credit card
- iPhone with Yelp! to find closest hotel