Taking 5yo twins camping 1st time.

(7 Posts)
MERLYPUSS Sat 15-Jun-13 11:50:46

I have camped loads (cub scout leader) DH rarely. The boys have never been. I have various tents but thought we would risk a weekend in the 2 podded tent. One pod at each end and central 'living' space.
Would you put the kids in the same pod - worried about managing the zip for midnight wees, and what is best for them to sleep on? I have a double and 2 single air beds and a variety of camp beds ranging from the low fisherman type ones to the higher type. My thoughs are single air beds(threaded together so they dont fall down the gap) in the same pod. Also I will need to get sleeping bags. Thoughts here too. I have mummy bags, would square ones be easier for them to get out of?

NonnyMuss Sat 15-Jun-13 18:35:13

We tried air beds when we first started camping but went through loads because the kids used to abuse them as trampolines, we now have the cheap SIMs and sling an old duvet on the top for extra padding and warmth, they just snuggle down together.
Your setup sounds fine as a start, my kids are usually so exhausted come bedtime that midnight wees never happen, and they've managed mummy sleeping bags from that age with no problems.

Enjoy! smile

My 3 & 4 year old have never needed midnight wees since we have been camping, both have coped fine with mummy bags from the age of 2.5.

FannyBazaar Sat 15-Jun-13 21:32:12

My DS has never had a problem with tent zips and finding his way out, whether shown or not! Don't think he's needed a midnight wee though. Mine's a wiggler and the camp bed is a better idea, failing that a SIM or foam mat which he just tends to roll off. Air beds and boys grin = trampolines! Unless you have very gentle boys are are short on space, I'd go for the foam mats over the SIMs, DS has torn his SIM twice, probably because of mucking about in the tent with other boys.

MERLYPUSS Sun 16-Jun-13 08:16:32

Will foam mats be comfortable enough for the kids though? I loath them. Despite being a cub camper, I have to be warm and comfy grin

FannyBazaar Sun 16-Jun-13 10:11:09

I was unsure about the foam mats after converting to SIMs myself but when I sent DS off to camp with one, he was absolutely fine and I can see why on cub and scout camps you wouldn't want the hassle of damaged SIMs. My DS will sleep anywhere. Try the kids on foam mats practice camping on the living room floor.

MERLYPUSS Tue 10-Sep-13 12:00:15

Reviving this thread.
We took fisherman type bed for them and the higher ones for us. We corralled them in, so one boy per parent. They had an absolute ball and OH is won over!! Roll on next trip.

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