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worm761 05-02-2013 07:36 AM

How to make camping bearable for someone who hates it?
 
I hate camping. My parents used to take us camping as kids. Sometimes in a cabin. Sometimes an RV. Sometimes in a tent. I hated it. Still hate it. I read it here once and it sums it up perfectly: The value resorts is as close to camping as I get. ;)

My husband likes camping. Specifically tent camping. We tried once. It rained the whole time. Miserable experience. I want to go to some caverns here in Florida and they have a campground. I was thinking of asking DH if he would like to camp for the weekend. I am not sure though.

If I decide to bring this up, how do I make it bearable for me? And before anyone asks, I pretty much dislike the whole experience. I don't like sleeping in a tent, cooking on a fire, etc. This place does have showers and a bathroom though.

RitaE 05-02-2013 07:41 AM

Beer

Gumbo4x4 05-02-2013 07:43 AM

Find a place that will rent you a hard side camper and set it up at the campground for you. In the end, a hotel would be cheaper, but it gives you some of the experience while still giving you a dry place to sleep.

EMom 05-02-2013 07:43 AM

I don't know what to tell you. My family camped when I was young and I hated it. I always say that's why God invented hotels......so people like me would not have to camp.

jrmasm 05-02-2013 07:50 AM

Don't go. :eek:

jen0610 05-02-2013 07:51 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by worm761 (Post 48275504)
I hate camping. My parents used to take us camping as kids. Sometimes in a cabin. Sometimes an RV. Sometimes in a tent. I hated it. Still hate it. I read it here once and it sums it up perfectly: The value resorts is as close to camping as I get. ;)

My husband likes camping. Specifically tent camping. We tried once. It rained the whole time. Miserable experience. I want to go to some caverns here in Florida and they have a campground. I was thinking of asking DH if he would like to camp for the weekend. I am not sure though.

If I decide to bring this up, how do I make it bearable for me? And before anyone asks, I pretty much dislike the whole experience. I don't like sleeping in a tent, cooking on a fire, etc. This place does have showers and a bathroom though.

What was it about sleeping in a tent that you didn't like? I know my one friend always thought that sleeping in a tent ment throwing sleeping bags on the floor of the tent to sleep in and that made her shudder. When using cots or air mattress were mentioned, she perked up. She liked either idea.

Cooking everything over a fire didn't float her boat either. They now have a very nice propane stove that she does quite a bit of cooking on. They also have this portable girll/griddle thing, that she loves. She'll make french toast on it in the morning, make grilled cheese sandwiches for lunch using the griddle, then for dinner she'll use the grill option and make grilled veggies on it. The meat, her DH will grill over the fire, but the more delicate stuff she does on her grill.

Hoodie 05-02-2013 07:59 AM

I have no suggestions, but I could have written this myself. I recently started thinking that we should invest in a camper of some sort since we travel a lot and it would make sense financially, but I cringe just thinking about it.

Just like you, my parents brought us camping every year. I didn't mind it when I was little but I also didn't scream "let's go camping!" As I got older, the less I liked it. Just the thought makes me shudder. And tent camping is 100% out of the question. I'm impressed you even gave it consideration!

ckay87 05-02-2013 08:09 AM

I'm working on the assumption that you're going for tent camping based on your post. Obviously an RV or cabin would be better for you, but if you're doing the tent, use air mattresses, world of difference. In fact, I prefer to use TWO separate ones for DH and I. Sleeping w/someone else on an air mattress is SO annoying to me - every time they move, your side bounces around also!

Something else that is so helpful is getting one of those EZ-up shelters. If it rains, or just in general, you have a shelter other than your tent

Also, be sure to get a site with electricity. That really opens up your options. Get string lights for your EZ-Up shelter.

Get comfy camp chairs, maybe a hammock. Little side table for your campfire goodies.

You should be able to take a full, nice shower at a decent campground. Really, there are few comforts you should be doing without, if that's the way you want to do it. Only difference is that you're outside.

clutter 05-02-2013 08:10 AM

My poor dd likes to camp, but she will never go with me.

Why do I hate it? I don't like waking up feeling wet from the dew all over the place. Give me heat or an air conditioner that drains condensation. :rotfl2: Plus, I am always always sore from the drafts. I need my shower, and I'm not talking a dorm-style one. And then there's the food. ::yes:: I don't really like having to cook dinner every night. Weekends, the meals are even worse. So the whole thought of having to cook without my kitchen, especially without my kitchen sink? :headache: I love nature, I love outdoors. I love having a lodge to stay in over night, preferably with a restaurant. ::yes:: (even counter style, lol.)

scoutie 05-02-2013 08:11 AM

I hate camping too. If I was forced to go, I would rent a cabin. If that wasn't an option, I would make sure I had a huge airbed to sleep on.

mombrontrent 05-02-2013 08:20 AM

I HATE HATE HATE camping. Can't say it enough. I went a couple times as a kid but didn't enjoy it. Neither did my mother so my dad and brother would go every summer by themselves. I went a couple times as a teenager with a group of friends but we just went to have huge parties so I didn't mind it as much then.

My DH dragged me camping one weekend when my son was 2 and I was 8 1/2 months pregnant. It was miserable and I couldn't wait to go home. Then he dragged me once again when my son was 5 and my DD was 3. The entire campground was swarmed with bees/wasps and I am allergic so I was freaked out the entire time. We stayed the one night and I made him pack up first thing in the morning and go home.

I'll never go again, I hate the dirt, food, really just the whole experience it just horrible to me. Plus being the mom I get stuck doing all the packing, unpacking, and camp chores. Really not fun at all.

scdak 05-02-2013 08:27 AM

Camping = misery to me, not my cup of tea by any means, but that being said, if my SO liked it, I would be willing to suck it up for a few days and then go to a nice hotel for a few days, that to me would make it a nice vacation :thumbsup2

design_mom 05-02-2013 08:32 AM

I don't mind RV or cabin "camping" too much. My family had a camping trailer when I was younger and we got to go a lot of places that we probably wouldn't have gone if we couldn't camp.

But I did my first stint of tent-camping with the cub scouts and I'm not a fan. We basically just had a tent (no cots, air mattresses, or any of the other niceties that hard-core campers have. Couldn't justify the $$$ for something we do so seldomly.) It was uncomfortable... and rainy. But my biggest issue was that I hate bugs and spiders. I was woken up in the middle of the night by another family heading toward the bathroom with a flashlight. Their flashlight shined on our tent and illuminated a giant spider crawling up the side. That was the last sleep I got that night. Sigh. And when we tore down the tent at the end of the weekend, a bunch of bugs/spiders scurried out from under it. Grossed me out!

That said, I'd be able to suck it up for a day or two if my family enjoyed it and/or I got something out of it (like seeing the caverns you want to see). But I'm not sure I could endure a long camping-only trip in a tent!

Good luck!

Katy Belle 05-02-2013 08:33 AM

I have 3 sons who are Boy Scouts. I hate to camp. Well, I hate the sleeping part. I like the day time part. A few things that make it more comfortable...
*A huge tent. Tall enough to stand in and change your clothes. Large enough that you can set your chair up inside and read, by battery powered lantern, in the middle of the night when you are too miserable to sleep. Large enough that you don't touch the sides when you are sleeping.
*Air mattress. We have individual thin, hiking, air mattresses. To me they are more comfortable than the big ones. Do you know any boy Scouts? You might be able to borrow one. Or two single thick air mattresses. Sharing a large one with your DH you will feel all the movement in the night.
*If you hate to cook outside, have your DH do it! Or, ready made food...Subway sandwiches or even go out to eat.
*A table, small folding table. Chairs.
*Pony Tail
*Face clothes. Hand wipes. Kleenax.

Your DH will appreciate your effort!

lovemygoofy 05-02-2013 08:37 AM

We are in rather lengthy negoation at our house over camping at the Grand Canyon. In late May/early June...in the desert...camping...yes it's lengthy negoation going on that would make Donald Trump proud.

Here is my thing if we were meant to sleep on the ground, I wouldn't have a bed that I have to jump to get on or perfectly good hotel rooms. How can I stimulate the economy by having to cook on campfire and not tip housekeeping?!

Soooo if you are thinking of the camping or aka giving in make sure you have a tent that has an enclosed bottom. It makes me feel that the bugs(did I mention I dislike bugs) can't quite get in while I'm sleeping(like I'm really going to be sleeping when I'm outside in the desert in June) and put down a mattress pad/sleeping bag first and then an air mattress if you are going to use an air mattress. Bring a travel pillow with a zipcover pillowcase (again I HATE bugs and always think they are everywhere when I'm outside) Maybe bring a star/night sky book to look for the seasonal stars/constellations when it becomes night time for some fun educational time.(or just drink until sleepy)

Pinterest has some easy campfire cooking ways, not that I care because I'm going to be going out for food unless it's smores...I can be on board starting fire for smores. Good luck to us both:confused3


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