Yeay! Our first time last weekend was a success, otherwise it would put us off for another five years at least. Why exactly did it work out? I don’t know. Not that I am an expert, we only did it once as the whole family and we’ve been gathering up the courage for a few months now. But still the overwhelmingly more than positive outcome of our trip wasn’t pure luck, if that’s what you are thinking. From what I’ve gathered this is what you need to pull it off. Call it my words of wisdom and trust me I am happy to share:
- A tent you can set up in like immediately. You can’t have your kids abandoning all hope for ever being able to sleep in there and at the same time losing their naive faith in you (and that will be gone either way soon enough). For all those reasons, we love our Quechua tent. You pop it out of the bag and voilà the tent is up. Of course putting it in the bag is as simple but only if you have the video instructions at hand and can view them like ten times. Anything to avoid half the camp trying to come over and land a hand.
- A great camp. Not so easy but manageable. We enjoyed the Burgstaller camp in Austria. Terrific location next to a lake with a lovely sandy beach. Clean facilities, especially made for kids to enjoy. Well, you can see the photos to be sure. But also my trick in finding a perfect camp – the Dutch. If the camp is full of Dutch families and seniors I know it will be great, meaning it will be quiet enough to get some sleep.
- Great camp along with the Dutch ( and I do mean this in the best possible way) has also great spots to set up a tent. Well, this camp has them, still we managed to get a spot with absolutely no shade and it’s the only downside of the whole adventure. It was really too hot to be anywhere neat the tent let alone inside so we spent the whole afternoon at the lake.
- The right equipment. Now this is really a broad topic, because if you look at all the neighbors in the camp, they all have way more cool camping stuff then you do. And it’s no use sweating about it. The only thing I missed was a stroller. Yes, when going camping with small kids you should bring a stroller. As a rule you should always bring a stroller if going anywhere with your tots. Well, we didn’t have it, because we had everything else. And as that goes you always miss the things you didn’t take. Tesa was so cranky in the afternoon because she had to get her nap. I foolishly tried to get her to fall asleep in my arms with no luck. It only got me polite glances, because the people at the beach were too well behaved to send you angry looks or even point you in another direction. Finally we got into the car and both of them slept for an hour as we enjoyed the scenery.
- Break from the routine. I love the routine. I try to stick to it and am very agitated when I have to let go and abandon set ways. Well, when going to a camp, you obviously can’t put your kids to bed at seven and then run around yelling and explaining people to keep it down. And you want your kids to be as tired as possible so there are no two am surprises. For the first time since having kids we stayed at the beach till seven, we had dinner at eight and managed to get into bed by somewhere around nine thirty. It could have been sooner or later because from seven on I have stopped checking the clock and just went with the flow.
- Favorite food. We let the girls eat whatever they wanted. I still managed to sneak through some fruit but basically the diner was fries, chicken nuggets and a piece of my pizza. The break from the routine and really I saw no point in trying to make them eat something that would eventually end up on the plate and them going to bed hungry waking up at twoish demanding to be fed.
And that’s all there is to it. Now enjoy our photos, here is the map to get you to our destination
and the address to the camp: http://www.burgstaller.co.at/.