Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Camping With Triplets

During the September school holidays, we went camping with triplets.

If you think we are a crazy, I would agree with you.

But here is why I decided to.
a) It was only one night.
b) There was very little accommodation available at an affordable price that would fit our family.
c) The Accountant has been wanting to go camping. I have been objecting. I thought this might be a good chance for me to illustrate why I object.
d) It was only one night.

We needed to travel to the coast because next year my husband has a major milestone birthday (!) and he wants to have a small party at the coast. This was a reconnaissance mission. A fact finding exercise in order to find a venue for the event.


Before you think that I'm incredibly brave - let me tell you that there are triplet Mum's out there who camp - and do it well - with their young triplets. I know, how amazing! How organised. How very not me! There are also many of us HOMmies who don't!

If you are wondering about the pros and cons, Let me list them for you.

Cons.
1. Even for an overnight trip, (bringing nothing to feed your family) your car will be full to overflowing, including the roof rack.

2. The children will not be helpful while you are pitching a tent.
Especially after being confined to a car for 3 hours.

3. If after chasing toddlers who have split up and running in opposite directions to neighbouring campsites and on service roads, you let the three one year olds play in the car while you set up the tent, expect chaos afterwards in the form of squashed food, tissue boxes deconstructed, random bags pulled out and the contents scattered throughout the car, every light and windscreen wiper and gadget to be fiddled with. (But on the positive, you will have somewhere to sleep that night.)

3. The children will not want to sleep at night. You on the other hand will be so exhausted by the days proceedings that every muscle will be craving sleep.
4. The children will examine the neighbouring campsites. The neighbours may not be friendly. They may reposition their tent to have minimal contact with you. Hypothetically speaking of course. Cough. Cough.
5. After a night with very little sleep, you will be woken extremely early in the morning.
6. You will need to pack up the tent.

 Expect all the same problems you encountered erecting the tent in the first place. Until you decide to have one parent pack up the campsite and another parent supervise the playground. God bless the husband who packs up the overnight dwelling. God bless the mother who had the patience to entertain five over tired bodies.

Pros.
1. It is cheap.
2. You are able to go away when you hadn't booked accommodation at the start of the school holidays and there is nothing affordable left in the region.
3. The kids love it. (And are totally unaware of the first six points.)
4. You prove to the husband that camping with five children, especially young triplets, is very difficult.

And if you are considering to triplet toddlers camping, I thought I really share some hints with you. Even though IF I were to do it again, I would need a ton of hints myself. But nevertheless, here is what I did learn.

1. Book an ensuite site. I cannot tell you how good this was. Oh my goodness. No traipsing to the toilet at all hours with the children. No leaving partners for excessively long times with the children while you shower. (10 minutes is an excessively long time with children.) When Trent was a baby, we went camping and there was no shared space where we could bath him, so I showered with the baby, The Accountant hung around outside the door to the Ladies toilets not trying to look like a pervert until I passed a naked baby out to him while I was adorned in nothing but a towel because there was nowhere to dry a baby, there was no bath. The sinks were tiny and I had to shower with the baby to remove the dirt and sand from the day. Nightmare. Couldn't do it with triplets. Couldn't.Do.It.

2. Bringing a DVD player is a good way to divert the kids attention.

3. A DVD player will only temporarily divert attention. Then they will start rampaging through the tent and work on their escape plan.

4. Their escape plan will be executed as soon as they work it out.
5. There will be fights over the DVD player. These fights could disturb your neighbours. Just smile and wave. Smile and wave.

6. Bring lots of snacks. Lots.
7. Lift all bans on electronic devices. That way your children can amuse themselves indefinitely taking crazy photos on their DS and other such fun.
Apparantly this creature used our facilities.
8. Eat out. After all, you're saving money on accomodation. We had Indian for dinner. We got take-away, took it back to the holiday park and ate it while watching an outdoor movie that the park screened for families. We went to a great little cafe in Noosaville for breakfast.
Note: You will amaze and mysitfy (perhaps frighten) the other patrons. Note the body language of the man sitting at the table beside us.

9. Use the park facilities and let children burn off as much energy as possible. (Works well for grown-ups too.)

10. Bring Phernergan. (I so wish I thought of this.)
11. I might be joking about phernergan.
12. I might not be joking about phernergan.


Are you a happy camper? What are your tips, hints and reflections of family camping?

PS. You may want to head over to my 7 year old son's blog and read his account of our camping trip! See here

Today I'm linking up with Essentially Jess

14 comments:

  1. That is sensational. I am laughing (with you of course, not at you) so hard. I am not a camper with my family despite growing up as a camping family. Thankyou for sharing. I love it

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    1. Love the smile and wave :) I think you are very adventurous attempting this trip... well done

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  2. Oh my goodness, I haven't even been camping yet with two kids, let alone five!! I love your photos, especially the one of all the portacots lined up in the tent. You are exceptionally brave, even if it was just for one night, and don't you forget it! I'm off to check out your little man's blog :)

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  3. I take my hat off to you - camping even for one night with 5 children means you are in line for MOTY award !!!!!
    A's family used to caravan everywhere - that all changed very quickly when he met me. If I am going to go away from home, you had better believe that I am only going to a place that is actually better than when I live and less work !!! Seriously - sometimes we have slummed it and I have survived but that place has been on the list of 'never to be repeated experiences' !!!!
    Good luck with organising whatever you are going to organise for that milestone birthday !!!!
    Have the best day !
    Me

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  4. As the photos weren't loading on my phone, it took me until the end of the 'cons' to realise that "camping with triplets" actually meant "camping with all five children, not just the triplets". Good on you for doing it. I hate camping. If I'm paying for a holiday, it needs to be the same quality as my own home, or better. ;-)

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  5. Wow! That's amazing.

    I haven't tried camping with our two year old yet. I might wait until she is a little more independent and I have to worry less about her wandering off.

    I take my hat off to you!

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  6. You are possible one of the most amazing, but crazy, mums I know!!! What an experience that must have been. Great photos and they'll be treasured for years to come I'm sure. Thanks for sharing but I would NEVER do that, you are my hero!

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  7. Nothing like giving a man a taste of reality. Does he want to go camping again/

    I haven't been camping in ages. Husband and i were talking about a holiday a little while ago, he wants to go camping... but the whole 7 kids thing is turning me off. I think Husband can take the kids and I'll stay home!

    MC - #teamIBOT

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  8. Wow! Well done! We gave up camping when we were expecting no.2 and now that they are all a little older (8,6,5 and 3yo) we are going away for a week after christmas. We'll see how it goes...

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  9. You are awesome! I hate camping, hate it with a passion. So I take my hat off to you for tackling it with 5 kids! I always tell my partner that if we are going camping, it better be in a cabin, with a toilet and shower, no tents for this princess!

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  10. I give you major kudos for doing that! I refuse, flat out, will not do it. I'm not a big fan of camping anyways, the one time we did go, we had a cabin with a kitchen, shower, toilet etc. I told my husband if he ever wants to go camping on a regular basis we need a camper. :-)

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  11. Caitlin I am so with you I/WE DO NOT DO CAMPING WITH TRIPLETS!!!! a) I like my comforts b) people have no comprehension of how much stuff we have to take. Good on you for doing it; our guys are 7.5 and 5.5yrs and we do day camping trips then sleep out on the verandah. We might take them for a camping trip in the near future. :-)

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  12. Good on you!
    We do a fair bit of camping when we can, and honestly the best thing you can do is invest in a tent that only needs one person to put it up. Boatman can do ours all on our own, but we have a camper trailer now which is even easier. :)

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  13. Oh. Wow. I am in awe! I too have done the showering-with-baby-in-manifestly-inadequate-campsite. On that occasion I flashed my entire naked self to my fellow churchgoers. I now go to a different church.

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