Disclosure: This post is in collaboration with Jellystone Park Camps and Resorts, yet all opinions and hack concepts are mine.
I love to go camping! I know, you’re probably finding that hard to believe, considering how much of an introvert and lover of laying on my couch, that I am. But it’s true! It’s one of the only things I miss about being in the military.
I didn’t appreciate it at the time, because like most things, youth is wasted on the young. But looking back now, going to the field or going camping (as everyone back home thought that’s all we did in the Army) were some of my best memories. You wouldn’t know it then, because we mostly complained about having to go out for drills and do exercises (I’m not talking about jumping jacks and sit-ups here, people).
Some of my fondest memories are of the (borderline genius) hacks that we soldiers would come up with to make life out there easier. Like the time we made a homemade portable shower.
Anyone who has multiple boys knows how stinky the car gets when they’re sweating…now, multiply that times 100, add in Oklahoma summer heat and stretch it out over a week…yeah, you want one of those shower now too, don’t you?
Or the outdoor lamps we made with a used water bottle and chem lights (glow sticks for all you civilians). However nothing will ever outshine the portable toilet we created. Don’t worry, I’m not going to show you that one.
My son is finally getting to an age where I think he would actually enjoy camping. And I’m in a place where I won’t contemplate leaving him out in the wilderness because he starts complaining 5 minutes after we unload the car. Plus, if you’ve been following along here at Papa Does Preach, you know I have a lot of free time coming my way now – perhaps it’s time to hit up one of the 84 that are dotted across the country.
So, here are 5 awesome #CampingHacks, straight from a dad; to make your time outdoors…let’s say, when camping with kids.