We have spent a lot of time with our children this summer camping, hanging out in airports, staying in hotels and visiting many attractions. It is, in many ways, much more enjoyable to travel with older children, ours are 16 and 20. However we have also discovered that some things never change. Here are 5 interesting facts about traveling with older children.
- They will still want you to carry their “stuff”. No matter how old they get it seems they need you to hold on to their belongings. Water bottles, sunscreen, sunglasses you name it they will want you to carry it! I haven’t carried a diaper bag in many, many years but it almost felt like that was what I was lugging around with me on vacation this year!!
- They still like to play! Apparently you never get too old to play. Our 20 year old son likes to splash around in the pool and chase his sister just as much as he liked to do it when he was 10! Our 16 year old daughter likes to be chased just as much as when she was 6! It is a wonderful thing to see your children play, no matter how old they are!!!
- They will still complain. When they get tired, when they get hungry, when they get hot; you can be sure that you will hear about it! Usually this means that it is time to take a break, whether that means heading back to the hotel, sitting on a bench in the shade or grabbing something to eat.
- They will follow you around like little ducklings. We were certain that given the ages of our children they would want to explore some things on their own. We couldn’t have been more wrong! On a couple of occasions I would turn around and bump right into my son!!
- They still like to hang around with mom and dad! This was the most wonderful revelation to us on our vacation. Our children still want to spend time with us! I guess we must have done something right as parents!
We have been lucky to have this summer with our children and to spend so much family time together. Our son is applying to universities across the country and may only be at home for another year and our daughter is chomping at the bit to get a part time job! It might be the last summer vacation that we have together so we are taking the time to soak in every moment. Traveling with older children is a blessing!
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Camping is a part of our life. We can’t imagine an existence without some form of camping. Over the years we have written and revised our camping list many times. The current list is about two pages long but there are four useful things to bring camping that we never leave home without.
- iPad – Yes an iPad is definitely a source of entertainment when we are camping, we can listen to music, perhaps watch a movie or read a book. However, the best reason for bringing an iPad camping is for the use of the app “Simply Noise”. Simply Noise is an app that plays white noise and is perfect in muffling the sound of the guy in the next site who has had on too many to drink or the kids who are allowed to ride their bikes till sun rise! We turn on “Simply Noise” when we are ready for bed and always experience a great night’s sleep.
- Sun Shelter – Obviously this is great to throw some shade on a hot summer day but it is also very useful on a rainy day. A sun shelter also makes a fantastic rain shelter instead of using a tarp. Bonus … no trees needed, no ropes needed; just put up the shelter and you are done. Pick a shelter that can be easily moved; you can put it over the picnic table during the day and if it is raining at night it can be moved closer to the campfire.
- Battery Charger – So, maybe you already bring one of these camping with you but we just recently started taking ours. We find it useful to charge our cell phones and also to charge our iPads (so that we can continue to enjoy our “Simply Noise”). If we are camping without the kids it is very important that we are able to remain connected. It might not be something that we take on a weekend trip but it does come in handy on long excursions.
- Box of Latex Gloves – Latex gloves are always in one of our outdoor storage compartments. They came in handy when we had to relocate a bat that had found it’s way into our water bucket! Latex gloves are particularly useful when Dave has to empty the sewer into the sani station (you would be surprised at how many guys do NOT wear gloves when doing this chore!!).
These items might not be the first things that you think of when you prepare a packing list for a camping trip but they do come in handy. Here is a link to 8 more things that you might forget to pack when heading out camping (Source: 8 Things You Need For Camping That You Might Forget | Ever In Transit)
Pack well and enjoy your time in the great outdoors!
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