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Old 05-02-2013, 04:31 PM   #46
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I must admit, I don't get the "I hate camping" sentiment. I've been camping all my life, first in tents and later in campers. But I do understand not wanting to do certain things. For me, it was NYC. I had very negative impressions of NYC and I NEVER wanted to go there, ever. But my DH really, REALLY wanted to see NYC. I put him off for many years and finally decided that it would make him very happy if I just went with him on the trip. Did I love NYC? I liked it well enough. My DH was over the moon and seeing how happy he was made it worth my while.

I suggest that if your DH is asking you to go camping, that you find a way to make it work. It would not be too much to ask your DH to do the set up, campfire, etc, since it is more important to him than to you. He needs to meet you more than halfway, IMO. If he would compromise by choosing a cabin or an RV it might be more fun for you. But really, it's all attitude. If you make it clear that you DON"T want to be there, that you HATE camping, it's lame, nasty, buggy, etc., eventually your DH will stop asking you to go. Which would be a shame really. Your DH just wants to spend some time with you. That's the greatest compliment in the world.

If nothing else, perhaps you all can go camping nearby your house. You could spend the days out at the campground and return at night to shower and sleep in your own house. Maybe you could indulge him by staying ONE SINGLE NIGHT at the campground. I bet he'd be in hog heaven!

Perhaps you can make a deal with your husband. You'll agree to go camping if he agrees to something that you love.
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I must admit, I don't get the "I hate camping" sentiment. I've been camping all my life, first in tents and later in campers. But I do understand not wanting to do certain things. For me, it was NYC. I had very negative impressions of NYC and I NEVER wanted to go there, ever. But my DH really, REALLY wanted to see NYC. I put him off for many years and finally decided that it would make him very happy if I just went with him on the trip. Did I love NYC? I liked it well enough. My DH was over the moon and seeing how happy he was made it worth my while.

I suggest that if your DH is asking you to go camping, that you find a way to make it work. It would not be too much to ask your DH to do the set up, campfire, etc, since it is more important to him than to you. He needs to meet you more than halfway, IMO. If he would compromise by choosing a cabin or an RV it might be more fun for you. But really, it's all attitude. If you make it clear that you DON"T want to be there, that you HATE camping, it's lame, nasty, buggy, etc., eventually your DH will stop asking you to go. Which would be a shame really. Your DH just wants to spend some time with you. That's the greatest compliment in the world.

If nothing else, perhaps you all can go camping nearby your house. You could spend the days out at the campground and return at night to shower and sleep in your own house. Maybe you could indulge him by staying ONE SINGLE NIGHT at the campground. I bet he'd be in hog heaven!

Perhaps you can make a deal with your husband. You'll agree to go camping if he agrees to something that you love.
He has not asked since the one horrible trip that we had. This is just something that I am THINKING of suggesting because I know it would make him happy. And we have two kids. One is a 17 year old, the other is a 3 year old.
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He has not asked since the one horrible trip that we had. This is just something that I am THINKING of suggesting because I know it would make him happy. And we have two kids. One is a 17 year old, the other is a 3 year old.
The other thing I do is remind myself that I can do anything for four nights. We never go longer than that (although I think DH would love to go for a week to 10 days, but he compromises too).
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Old 05-02-2013, 05:32 PM   #49
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He has not asked since the one horrible trip that we had. This is just something that I am THINKING of suggesting because I know it would make him happy. And we have two kids. One is a 17 year old, the other is a 3 year old.
Well, don't be surprised if the 17yr old doesn't want to go. Our kids camped with us from preschool age, but by the time they were 15-16 they had other stuff to do. The only way we could get them to come was to take a friend or two. Something I prolly wouldn't do if it was my first trip.

However, your 3yr old will most likely love it! Especially if you go somewhere that has a playground or a pool or even a little creek nearby. I would keep it short and sweet with a very young child who isn't used to camping. Our first trips with the littlest kids were kept to 2 nights, Fri-Sun. When they were little we always camped in places where there were nearby things to do, like movie theater or dollar store or (short) hiking trails.

My motto is "leave 'em wanting more." One or two days of real fun beats 7 days of "OMG, I can't wait til this is over!" Good luck.
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well you know the comedian who said "I do not spend most of my life working hard at my job- that gives me 2 lousy weeks off - to vacation like I'm homeless"....sums it up for me. I do applaud your good intentions tho. I threw in the towel long ago and my family knows it's for their own good. I had an awful experience in the 3rd grade w/the girl scouts...never, ever, EVER will I voluntarily camp as a vacation option. That said, I love Colorado, hiking, rafting etc., but I want to slide that key in the door at the end of the day and flip on the lights. I also want to blow dry my hair in the morning and have a toilet that flushes, lol
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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.
Rent a suite at a nearby hotel. Not kidding.

My brother and I grew up camping because that's what my family could afford. I look back at it as an experience and one that I'm comfortable enough with if I had to camp I'd be "okay, where are we going". It wouldn't be my first choice and I figure I'd be good for about three days but then I'd be looking for the nearest Holiday Inn. I have camped since those family trips which is how I know I'm good for about 3 days.

My mom and brother ask for directions to the nearest resort immediatly. Neither one of them have camped since the 80's and have no intention of every driving through the gates of a campgrounds ever again.

IMHO There is no way to make it bearable for someone who just doesn't like that type of vacation. If you can suck it up for a few days then do a quick weekend trip, but I think asking anyone to suffer for longer is just asking for a meltdown.
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Old 05-02-2013, 06:20 PM   #52
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well you know the comedian who said "I do not spend most of my life working hard at my job- that gives me 2 lousy weeks off - to vacation like I'm homeless"....sums it up for me. lol



Sums it up for me too. Vacation should mean: pampering. NOT "roughing it." I have no desire to relive "How the West was won."

One BF's family did have a lovely trailer, permanently installed at a campsite that we would visit down by the Jersey shore each year. So we got to sleep indoors. And the bathroom & shower was just down the hall - especially at night.

And we had a regular stove in the trailer for the foods that need regular cooking, instead of being cooked on the campfire. We planned very carefully what could be cooked on an open flame, to purposely get a nice BBQ, smokey taste.

And they had a huge ez-up, screened in gazebo, where we dined outdoors, but screened in, to lessen the bugs getting at us.

There were cots off to the side, raised up off the ground, so we could snooze in the gazebo on nice warm nites.

However, THAT was the extent of what I liked about camping. As night descended, that meant the dew would set in. AND worst of all, being in the WOODS, mosquitoes and every bug and critter imaginable would come out. I HATE bugs! There isn't a yard spray or citronella candle, or body bug spray strong enough to keep the mosquitoes & spiders away. Plus, isn't the whole point of being outdoors is to be out in the fresh, natural air and unsprayed flora?

And I have the type of blood or body scent where mosquitoes always go after me and leave everyone else in my party alone. So I'd wake up in the mornings with a million bites, after the mosquitoes banqueted on ME all nite, and everyone else woke up without a single bite. So, what I'd end up doing is sleeping very lightly, if at all, to try to keep the bugs off of me. And you know how that goes. . . once you think there is a bug around, you start itching, even if nothing really did touch you.

I also hate waking damp if it rained out and the humidity is up to 100%. Or standing or sitting around damp all day with frizzy hair, if it rained all day.

And I like my HOT showers. I need them to wash off all the bug spray from the night before, and all the sticky, dirty feeling from "roughing it."

I think men like "roughing it," because it primordially reminds them of their cavemen days.

I'm a highly evolved woman in need of a hairdryer. I like pampering!!! I get grossed out if I stay in a Motel 6 that even looks like it has mold.
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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.
Haven't read the other replies yet, but my advice is to buy an air mattress, a coleman stove, and lots of bug spray.
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well you know the comedian who said "I do not spend most of my life working hard at my job- that gives me 2 lousy weeks off - to vacation like I'm homeless"....sums it up for me. I do applaud your good intentions tho. I threw in the towel long ago and my family knows it's for their own good. I had an awful experience in the 3rd grade w/the girl scouts...never, ever, EVER will I voluntarily camp as a vacation option. That said, I love Colorado, hiking, rafting etc., but I want to slide that key in the door at the end of the day and flip on the lights. I also want to blow dry my hair in the morning and have a toilet that flushes, lol
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We went camping a few years ago when DS #1 was little. We got a cabin, that was basically an 1800s model last year. . It had beds, chairs, table, no electricity. DS says he wants to go camping this year. I am debating a one nighter or getting a cabin for a weekend at KOA. I love nature, but I need a hotel or my home when I go to bed. I would agree with a weekend. Go, have fun, never do it again.
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We camped a few times. Never in a tent. We had a load-on camper for the pickup and later bought an older mobile home. I threw in the towel years ago. It was never fun for me. After working full time all week, I got to buy groceries, load the camper, and pack for everyone. Then I got to supervise children, cook, and clean up after everyone all weekend. When we got home I got to unload the camper and clean it all up. I finally put my foot down and told DH that I wasn't going again until he took care of everything. I refused to do it all. We haven't gone since.

I think it can be fun, if you go just make sure that your DH appreciates you're making an effort for him.
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Buy one of the double high mattresses. Take a good pillow, sheets and a blanket. Take along a comfy chair to sit in. Plenty of bug spray and a good stove to cook on.
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I hate when I hear people say "I hate to camp." They invariably mean, "I hate sleeping on the ground with all the bugs, and hate squatting over a smoky fire, trying to cook, and hate walking to a disgusting bathroom in the middle of the night with a flashlight."


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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. 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. 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? I love nature, I love outdoors. I love having a lodge to stay in over night, preferably with a restaurant. (even counter style, lol.)

Why not try camping in a nice camper, that has a real bed, just as high and comfy as yours at home? Eat sandwiches, or-gasp-eat out? Most campers have bathrooms now, with showers, so you only need to take a few steps. And why not get furnaces and/or air conditioners in them too?

For us, a fire is part of camping. It just adds a cozy element, and cooking over it seems natural. Usually, it's as simple as a hot dog on a stick. Pre-purchased potato salad, fresh fruit. Beer, or wine. No one is making me cook if I don't want to!!


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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.
Why didn't you make your husband do all the packing, unpacking, and camp chores? Why does the fact that you're "the mom" mean you had to do it? That's sexist. If he wants to have all the fun, make him do the work.

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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!
I love camping, but even I would not be thrilled to do a long trip in just a tent. And again, who says that "camping" means being in a tent, and nothing but a tent?

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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
I always thought "camping" meant "sleeping directly on the ground, with just a sleeping bag". I don't camp like that. I have a nice, thick mattress with a memory foam topper, and a real pillow, and real blankets. Inside my pop-up camper, with a real sink, hot water, and a real stove. And a fridge.

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I went camping once and that was one time too many. Bugs, frizzy hair, nowhere to shower or freshen up except a cold creek, and a boyfriend who kept insisting, "isn't this romantic?" Yeah, crapping in a hole. Romantic. No wonder we broke up.
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I do not understand camping in a tent. I have done it, and I hate it....tons!

I still have trouble with all the things that you need to be comfortable being piled in your car, just so you can just go have an outdoor adventure. Packing for a hotel is easier, takes up less room, and has air conditioning.

For us we need:

our huge tent
sleeping bags
air matresses
clothing
cooking gear for fire
cooking gear for camp stove
lanterns
flashlights
extra shoes for everyone
small broom to sweep out tent


I have 4 kids and my Dh to have equipment for, plus myself.

Hotel needs:

suitcase with clothing and swimming things included


See my point?
When we tent-camped, we kept almost all the stuff you list in the trunk of the car, all summer. Then, when it was time to go, we packed the clothes. Having a truck, or a big SUV would be better.

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