Get outdoors with the family
Camping can be a wonderful opportunity for family bonding and a great learning experience for kids. So with a little planning and preparation and some nifty camping kits it can be a relaxing holiday for parents too.
WHAT TO PACK
They say when you travel first pack your suitcase and then halve it! Kids especially don’t mind being dirty and you don’t need to pack three outfits a day. Just make sure you take warm clothes. It might be sunny and hot during the day in Africa’s winters, but once the sun goes down it can get very cold. If you have never camped before then a good starting point is to download a camping check list. There are many online. My mother used to keep an ongoing checklist. Whenever she thought of something useful it went on the list for next time. There are a few important basics:
- Glasses. It might be easier to pack tin mugs or plastic glasses, but G&T sundowners are always better in glass.
- Decent plates such as enamel or melamine. It is no fun trying to mop up stew on a paper plate.
- A sharp knife is essential. Try cutting vegetables with a blunt butter knife.
- A good quality flask for those early morning activities. Stanley flasks, although a little expensive, are worth the investment.
- And a decent tin opener.
Make sure you pack headlights for the kids and a UV torch is fun to search out the scorpions in the dark … and also handy to know where they are lurking!