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Does anyone else struggle after coming back from camping?

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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?

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.

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.

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...!

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.

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.

JustasmallGless Tue 03-Sep-13 12:14:35

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.

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....

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

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.

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....

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.

thecatfromjapan Mon 02-Sep-13 01:16:37

Hogwash - the Zen Path is calling to you. Perhaps you should follow it?

Capitola - You have given voice to the silent speakings of my soul! Camping makes me cry.

Wonderstuff Mon 02-Sep-13 01:12:50

I always feel off when I get home. Doesn't feel right being indoors all the time. I miss sitting round a fire talking shit and not worrying about work.

NotWilliamBoyd Mon 02-Sep-13 00:46:58

Selling it, I still struggle to believe that we have to pay to go camping!

It's always felt wrong that noone pays us to live in a field as a 'holiday'............. confused

I am aware that not everyone feels like this smile

Hogwash Sun 01-Sep-13 22:23:33

You're not selling it NotWilliamBoyd!

NotWilliamBoyd Sun 01-Sep-13 21:21:40

Ooh yes, I struggle a little.....

I struggle to contain my joy at having a bed to sleep in without being surrounded by a field full of snoring,farting, shagging, wailing, shouting, singing and/or arguing strangers who mean well but have no idea how sounds carrieson a campsite.

The joy of having a kitchen without having to trek across a field. Being able to brush my teeth without hearing/smelling a stranger having a stinky dump 3 metrez away from me. Being able to have a shower without having to sweep grass etc out of it first........ ah,bliss.

I also struggle with how long it takes to sort all the wretched camping stuff and stow it all away.

Can you guess that I'm not particularly a fan of camping.....

Guitargirl Sun 01-Sep-13 21:09:23

I am intrigued by this thread. We have had plenty of caravan holidays with the DCs but not yet under canvas which am sure they and DP would love. But, I spent one single night camping with a boyfriend when I was about 20 and it was so bloody awful I gave up at 6am and we drove home. I had had such romantic notions and it was such a disappointment. I hadn't appreciated how close we would be to other tents, far too intimate for my liking. And my claustrophobia meant we had to have the tent flaps open which meant that we froze. We weren't even there long enough to experience the toilets/showers.

I would love to take the family camping but am not sure I would cope with the proximity of others plus we don't have a car and from everything I read on here you need to take a car-load of 'stuff' with you?

Hogwash Sun 01-Sep-13 20:53:19

You need to do more camping Capitola! For the last six years up until now we have only ever camped for a night at a time - mainly because of being busy and not wanting to risk a week's holiday from DH's work if it rained. We also always slept badly as we always managed to pitch next to the party tent, so didn't want to be that tired several nights in a row. But ... we've found the more we do the more chilled we become and we sleep much later than at home even though there is lots of noise. Isn't half the fun is traipsing to the loo in the night? or doing acrobatics over the travel potty blush

Capitola Sun 01-Sep-13 20:19:41

God, you're joking.

I kneel at my bed and kiss it, I draw the line at kissing the loo too, but I feel like it - and we only do camping 3 nights per year!

Libertine73 Sun 01-Sep-13 20:16:58

It has been an amazing summer for camping, makes a change to have brilliant weather all holiday, going to be very sad to be at the school gates again on Thursday. Urgh, at the thought.

Hamwidgeandcheps Sun 01-Sep-13 20:16:45

Not camped bit I felt v much like that after a caravan holiday! I wanted to get a skip and empty my house!

Pixel Sun 01-Sep-13 20:15:31

Well I got away with it until the dcs became teenagers so I suppose I did quite well really smile.
I have to admit I enjoyed being able to watch the olympics on a tablet last year, though I'd never admit it to dh wink.

Hogwash Sun 01-Sep-13 19:59:09

Pixel we didn't have electric hook up, but the car always had some i-pod, tablet, phone, DS or kindle charging. Definitely leaving them at home next year.

Pixel Sun 01-Sep-13 19:45:15

I've spent years trying to avoid taking gadgetry as for me the whole point is to get away from it but I've been ganged up on over the years. Have now had to give in to electric hook-up because dh has poor eyesight and can't see to read (and says he won't go camping without it), and the ipad because ds is autistic and is supposed to be learning to communicate on it but plays games on it. Electric coolbox is one bonus but I'd still rather go without if I could.

Yes struggle with being at home, I can't settle indoors and feel hot and stifled. The back door (which is our living room - strange layout) is open as much as possible and the house is a tip because I can't bear to be indoors doing housework. I've so enjoyed having a proper summer for once and feel autumn is coming far too quickly!

TwoStepsBeyond Sun 01-Sep-13 17:39:47

I struggle more with finding homes for all the camping stuff, the muddy boots, the mountains of washing. I love camping, but the idea of coming home would be much more appealing if I didn't have all the sorting out to do, while everyone else slopes off to enjoy the TV and the laptops again!

I too enjoy the lack of gadgetry, my DCs get into the spirit too and don't usually take ipads/DSs etc, they take pens and books and little toys for inside and then play out when they can, especially when there are other kids they know there. I love getting back to basics.

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