Chris and I used to camp very often. We took absolute pride in how efficient we were in packing, how organised we were and how quickly we could put up a tent. Our last camping trip was right after we found out we were definitely having twins. I was nauseous and tired, but we were as efficient as always. We went to a beautiful spot in the Cederberg and I remember spending that weekend dreaming of taking our twins there one day and how much fun it would be to watch them play on the grass and swim in the cold river pool.
And so we went back to Driehoek for our first camping trip with the twins. Felt like completing another circle.
So much has changed since our last camping trip, not just the arrival of Sausage and Pudding. We sold our old 4×4 (we needed a most fuel efficient vehicle for Daddy) which was totally set up for camping at the drop of a hat. Our tent has a major extension which we hardly ever bothered to put up as it was so much work, but we now needed somewhere for four people to sleep. Also I now have a post-twin pregnancy body which is not as strong as I used to be and I felt like a weak and pathetic woman when I couldn’t do stuff I used to be able to do. Add to that we had invited the in-laws to come along and as a result ended up carrying stuff for 6 adults and 4 kids in our trailer, so we didn’t have as much space for our normal ‘conveniences’ as would have been ideal. I was apprehensive and Chris was so concerned about how we were going to manage that he almost convinced me that we needed to buy a trailer top tent (which we will get one day).
But it was brilliant!
Because we never had that much space we were quite disciplined about not taking too much stuff. We definitely over packed on clothes especially for the twins (but we were worried it might be freezing at night in the mountains), but other than that there was only a little food and a few drinks left over. Thank heavens for the extra pairs of hands to watch the twins during camp set up as Sausage kept trying to help ‘sort’ the poles for the tent extension. And the extension is considerably more work than just the tent and that post-pregnancy weakness wasn’t terribly useful.
It was awesome going back to the beginning, the place we first celebrated the fact that there were two, and watching our babies run on the grass and gasp at the freezing waters and play hide and seek around their camp cots in the tent and jump on our blow up bed and enjoy sitting in their tiny little camping chairs around the fire in the evening. I think they absolutely loved the softer rules, the freedom and total change in routine. They even slept pretty well, morning nap never happened (but I think they are on the cusp of giving up the morning nap anyway), but Saturday they had a two and a half hour afternoon nap and slept through the night on Friday. Pudding cried a bit in the night on Saturday, but we woke up to a new tooth on Sunday morning, so not camping related.
We learnt a few little things we would do differently next time, but all in all it was a success and I see us being back to being the outdoorsy people we once were with our amazing little guys right along with us.
Anyone nervous about taking toddler twins camping, don’t stress it is absolutely fine (well it was for us anyway). And we will be doing it again very soon.