Camping Necessities

by Lolli

My two older girls spent 4 days at overnight camp last week. Camping is not a simple activity to get ready for. There are several things you need for a camping trip – sleeping bags, bandanas, old tennis shoes, bug spray….and definitely a flashlight and extra batteries.

My 14 year old swore to me that she had everything that she needed, but wasn’t interested in packing until right before she needed to leave. She had important things to do before she left, and this was her 3rd year going away to camp. She wasn’t worried (but I was. Just a little).

My 12 year old, on the other hand, spent an entire week packing and repacking, making sure that she had everything she needed for a week living in a tent.

The day before the girls were ready to leave, my younger daughter told me she needed a flash light. Ack! You definitely can’t go camping without a flashlight. Camp fires, late night trips to the outhouse, and scary stories in the dark are not the same without some trusty light.

So I ran out to the store at the last minute and bought a flashlight and a few extra batteries.

And the girls had a perfectly fabulous (and dirty) time at camp.

The house was empty without two of my kids there all week, but it was all worth it. Even the stinky laundry after their return was worth the fun and the memories.

Have you sent a child to camp yet?

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Written by 5 Minutes for Mom managing editor Lolli. You can find me blogging at Better in Bulk and tweeting at @1momof5.

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Lolli is a busy mother of five kids, ranging in age from 8 to 16, photographer, and author of Better in Bulk. Her blog has a little bit of everything – parenting, life in a large family and photography with a central tie-in: Bringing moms together to learn, connect, and enjoy life. Connect with Lolli on Twitter (@1momof5) and on Facebook.

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1 Susan August 18, 2011 at 3:20 am

As a child I used to go to “camp” but it was in cabins… no hot water or showers, but we had running cold water and daytime electricity from generators.

Janice and I were so scared of our flashlights running out of batteries or of losing them, that we’d bring about 4 each. Literally. We’d sleep holding on to one and have an extra stashed in our sleeping bags and another beside our beds and an extra hidden for backup in our suitcases.


2 Emily August 18, 2011 at 6:50 am

DS is only 5, so not yet. But when we were kids, I remember it was quite the ordeal getting everything together to go camping.


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4 frugal baby August 18, 2011 at 9:31 am

Camping is always fun when especially you have to improvise because we forget something at home.


5 Paige August 19, 2011 at 11:54 am

This really made me laugh. I have not yet sent my son to camp..too little. However, I have served as a camp counselor. Some of the best things that I have seen are the squeeze flashlights shaped like animals. The kids never forget them because they are attached to their clothes or backpacks. The other is the headlamp shaped like a lego man. Lots of fun.


6 January 13, 2014 at 8:37 am

Write more, thats all I have to say. Literally, it seems as though you relied on thhe video to make your point.
You obviously know what youre talking about, why thjrow away youur intelligence on just posting videos to your weblog when you could be giving
us something enlightening to read?


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