Having been brought up in a family of happy campers, it seems pretty natural to me to teach the small boy all about the mysteries of the dome tent. Due to my very bad back, camping is now completely ruled out of our family holiday repertoire, though the big boy has promised the little boy a camping adventure in the garden, this is largely testing the water for a potential boys weekend later in the summer.
We have a few camping bits and bobs left over from our pre-baby camping days, a serviceable tent, a small camping stove, a range of camping pans and a handy lantern. Sadly the padded mat we used to use and our ancient sleeping bags have met an untimely end at the hands of whatever insects reside in our loft.
The sleeping bags would probably be horribly musty now and probably beyond the help of a good airing anyway, it’s no great loss, plus it gives the small boy the chance to pick his own, which will help him to hopefully take a bit of pride in it. We liked the look of the sleeping bags from Cotswold Outdoor, who sell a good range of camping and outdoor clothing and equipment.
They have a good selection of kids and adults sleeping bags from £15 which will do for us. We need something that will wash and dry quickly and can be easily shoved in a bag when he starts going on camping trips with school and Beavers and such like. Sleeping bags are always a good thing to have close to hand anyway, perfect for when he starts having sleepovers and filling his room with other sleeping small children!I have incredibly fond memories of nights spent under canvas, giggling away with my brother when we should have been sleeping, listening to the grown ups drinking wine around the barbecue and chatting late into the night, warming a kettle on the last embers of the fire. Lovely memories and something I’d love to share with the small boy given the chance.