Don't try and enforce a bed time! Let him run until he drops. Have witnessed people trying to keep to routine and it generally ends in disaster. We went for a week with DD1 (2.5) and DD2 (1) in July, usual bed time somewhere between 6 and 7. First night - asleep at 10ish, night 2 at 9 ish, night 3 at 8.30ish, night 4 at 8ish (with a good nap during day too), night 5 asleep at 6.30 AND slept in nearly 2 hours later than normal . That was my best night's sleep since DD2 was born - it was fab.
Even if it's sunny, wellies and waterproof trousers can be really useful at this time of year as grass can be really dewy in morning and it saves trousers/pajama bottoms getting wet when you let kids escape out of the tent first thing.
i am a routine monster - everyone takes the piss out of my enforced bedtimes for dc's around 7 - i learned on our recent camping trip in July the hard way - my 2.5 yr old will not stick to sleep routine on camping holiday. he was up till 10 pissign us off bouncing about the bedroom - all we wanted to do was sit outside and watch it get dark - all he wanted to do was do it also - we should have loosened up - fortunatly by 9.30 we realise this and started to see the funny side. Your week should be better now the nights are drawing in but dont expect miracles till its dicky dark. oh and have a fab time
i agree with everything posted so far. we had a blast with our dd when we took her camping for first time aged 2. She just ran and ran in the fields and it was heaven for her. Now she is a camping addict aged 3! (we going camping today mama, its the weekend yet mama, i want to sleep in the big tent mama)
Yes it was the cheapest holiday ever and even dd age 6 recounted to the post office woman today how hilarious it was on there best holiday ever when 'me and my brother just bounced about our beds and wouldnt go to sleep' - yes hilarious dear
Take an extra duvet/ blanket to chuck over him at night as it does get cold - and for yyou.
What they said. Or pretend to go to bed with the little one and get up once asleep. If you can be bothered! I would bring something to occupy, if possible, those hideous early morning hours, as for us camping means both late nights and early mornings, with a long midday nap (drive to somewhere picturesque and read the papers). If you have a fussy eater, bring something you know he will eat but he might surprise you in the open air.