We are taking our kids camping, two nights. We have no plans whatsoever except the area we are heading to and that we will bring a tent. I have lists for the kids to pack bags, we haven't told them anything except we are going "on an adventure" lol. I am a planner. I feel like I need to plan. We haven't taken a 'vacation' in 7 years with the kids. They are 11 and 12. I am excited for this 'adventure' but really anxious about the no planning part. This was DH's condition and he never wants to go away so I am just excited we are doing this. So I am ok with the no planning on where we are going to stay or what we will do.
However, I haven't been camping since I was a kid. So if you have any tips/ideas/musts for camping with middle school aged kids-please share! We will have no showers, probably no bathrooms. I know we will need to pay for the site and we will have to buy wood around the area for fire wood. I have a short list of what I think we need, but I am bound to not know something and/or forget something. So please share anything you have to share!
UPDATE: We went! Overall, it was a really good experience and we will do it again.
The first night it rained, the morning was cold and wet and pretty miserable. All night was rough. We packed up the campsite and tried to do some other things but since it was so awful out, there wasn't much to do. (This was north of where we live, in the mountains). So we decided to head south, out of the rain/cloudiness. The second night was 10x better. We had a nice fire, it was fairly warm, running water, flushing toilets....it was enjoyable. The worst part was that the second campsite had a two night minimum and we could only stay one night...so that was an expense we didn't plan for, but it worked out. We had a great second night and second morning. Which has encouraged us to want to do it again. I am glad we moved south because if we had spent a second night where we were, I don't think I ever would have gone again! But we really had a good time. We overpacked, but it was better to have extras than not enough. We learned some lessons, and next time I think we will have a great time :) Thank for all of the ideas and well wishes!