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Coping with Camping

Every summer we go camping with my in-laws. This summer we are trying out a longer stint. Six nights! (I’m going to try to negotiate it down to five). Camping with children is a mix of chaotic fun, tired shit fits, happy laughter, and anxiety attacks (on my part).

I have a wonderful time during the day splashing around the lake, reading stories at the campsite, and munching on cheesies at the beach. However, at nighttime a veil of anxiety begins to descend on me as it gets closer to bedtime. Firstly, anxiety about getting the kids to go to sleep; secondly, anxiety about waking them up when it is time for me to hit the hay; thirdly, anxiety about waking them up during the night when I have to get out of the tent to use the bathroom (I’ve had three kids, it’s inevitable that I get up many times per night).

This summer I began feeling anxious about our camping trip over a month in advance (it will be Anna’s first time in a tent. We slept in a hotel last summer). Anticipating the panic attacks I asked my doctor to prescribe me meds for acute anxiety because honestly, I’m not very pleasant to be around when I’m experiencing extreme anxiety.

The best, non medicated way, I can think of to cope with camping related anxiety is to glamp. Yes, I’m sure you’ve heard of glamping (glam + camping), which is not actually camping according to my hubby. However, shock of shockers, I’ve been able to convince my husband that the solution to my annual anxiety fest is to buy a second-hand RV. The only condition is that I pay for it myself. For reference, he’s not being stingy, just practical. We need to start saving up our tax returns and any extras from his income for a van.

Thankfully, I have started making custom headboards again along with beginning my interior decorating business and have actually been making some money to put into our special new “Vacation” savings account. You can get a pretty “rad” 1970’s RV for under $6000 and I’m keen to rehab the interior myself after seeing some awesome RV renos (see below). It won’t be this summer but fingers crossed that next summer while the rest of my fam is roughing it in a tent I’ll be tucked away in an RV with a bathroom at my disposal! I see many happy vacations in our future!

 

trailerreno

Winnibegoredo

retrocaravan

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Airstream Before

Airstream Before

Airstream After

Airstream After

Airstream Before

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Camping in Style

When I was sixteen I spent ten days camping in the African bush without toilets or showers. When I was twenty-four I camped my way up to the Yukon staying at plumbing-less campsites. Point being, I can do the roughing it thing and I can enjoy it, but not so deep down I’m a girly girl whose heart flutters at the idea of “glamping” (for reference:  glam + camping = glamping).

I was introduced to this idea of glamping (who comes up with these names?) during my search for beautiful tent interiors. Want to see what I mean?

This beautiful African safari tent may not keep out the lions but it defintly oozes relaxed style.

This beautiful African safari tent may not keep out the lions but it definitely oozes relaxed style.

You won't be getting jiggy with it in this tent but it would offer an incredible view of the stars.

Privacy might be a challenge with this tent but it would offer an incredible view of the stars.

Glamping for the whole family.

Glamping for the whole family.

All this is missing is a mosquito net over the bed. I would be eaten alive.

All this is missing is a mosquito net over the bed. I would be eaten alive.

I'm not sure if you can even call this a tent but I'm sure it is the epitomy of glamping.

The epitome of glamping. If it can even be considered a tent.

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Rather impressive, though a bit overboard for four nights with the fam. What do you think? Do you fancy a glamp trip?

For reference, this is what the inside of our tent will be looking like come Wednesday:

Pack and play and all (though minus the random baby).

Pack and play and all (though minus the random baby).

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