Does anyone else struggle after coming back from camping?

(36 Posts)
Hogwash Sun 01-Sep-13 13:13:55

We've been away for nearly three weeks camping split over the last four or five weeks and are finally home, back to earth with a thump.

I'm finding living in a house again really irritating - we have so much stuff. We have been perfectly happy living out of what we could fit in the car and yet the house seems cluttered, full of things that must have cost us tens of thousands of pounds of years, and yet seem to contribute nothing much to our lives and are just one more thing to navigate around and clean.

I just want to get back in my tent - does anyone else struggling with living inside after camping?

troutsprout Mon 02-Sep-13 08:58:18

I used to feel like this when the kids and I were younger. Camping is easier when your kids are little and are easily entertained by a stick and some mud. Plus your life at home is full on with them then anyway... a break from all that routine is light relief.
It is much much harder when you have teenagers. Life at home with them is easy by then and a rope swing or some mud doesn't entertain anymore.
Also... They are blardy huge and take up way to much room and they eat enormous amounts of food and are always hungry
I got home after 2 weeks in dorset and pretty much danced with glee at the thought of space and modern conveniences.

hz Mon 02-Sep-13 10:11:42

I live in a city (a smalll one but still) and have a relatively small backgarden and when we come back from camping I just miss the space, the open air, the countryside. Makes me want to put the house on the market and move to deepest, darkest Wales straight away. However, I am always pretty glad to see my bed....

AnotherWorld Mon 02-Sep-13 10:15:22

I am with you.

All this STUFF seems so oppressing after a week in a tent.

But I fully love my bed and totally appreciate the indoor toilet. It's just the STUFF that gets to me.

theonewiththenoisychild Mon 02-Sep-13 12:32:31

getting the dc's to leave the innotab and ds at home might be a challenge when we go camping just glad dp cant bring the tv pc and xbox grin i am happy with just my phone and a good book and look forward to not being plugged in and spending more quality time together. may take a few portable gadgets for if it rains the whole time tho. as summer nights around a camp fire camping with a group sounds lovely but sitting in a tent in the rain with 2 bored dc's and dp withrawn from the gaming world does not sound fun at all

ViviPru Mon 02-Sep-13 12:34:12

I feel the same about the stuff. Or more the cupboards full of stuff I need to chuck out sort through.

Its the pace and simplicity of camping I miss the most. Spending a whole day just pottering and taking infinite time to cover the basic human requirements of sheltering, feeding, sanitising, and entertaining yourself.

For me, its the contrast of being at home and going camping that makes me love and appreciate both. Last night I actually paused and felt grateful for being able to nip to the fresh-smelling, warm loo in the middle of the night.

As soon as we get back we start planing the next trip, although I'm not entirely sure how much longer we're going to be able to eek it out this year....

I feel the same about STUFF and am on a mammoth clear out. I don't miss the toilets or the showers. I like having a bath in peace as a treat.
I miss walking out of my tent into the fresh air and being able to see the sea.

Bramblesinforrin Tue 03-Sep-13 18:39:33

Waking up with the lovely fresh air and nature sounds. Miss it. The views. Sigh. Occasional arses on campsite I do not miss.

Ineedmorepatience Wed 04-Sep-13 20:26:54

We got back yesterday sad

We have had an amazing summer and have been on 4 campsites and done 17 nights under canvas nylon grin

During this time we have only eaten inside the tent once which is amazing.

SuddenlySqueamish Wed 04-Sep-13 20:32:35

I'm counting down the days until I can live in a yurt in a field in the middle of nowhere...!

Bramblesinforrin Wed 04-Sep-13 22:45:43

Ahhhhh... I have been sat under the stars next to a woodfire with a large glass of wine and silence. smile. Now to bed, but wish it was under canvas.

Hogwash Thu 05-Sep-13 23:51:56

Living in a yurt in a field sounds lovely Suddenly!

It's surprising how quickly you get used to all the 'stuff' again though.

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