1. You can plan, plan, plant to your heart’s content, but sometimes things can throw you for a loop, can’t they? That was what happened with our first ever camping trip in our half-renovated camper last weekend. I was planning this trip for months, and when it finally happened, it wasn’t what we expected. Let me share with you our story, what NOT to do when you go camping with your kiddos, plus a really fantastic Canadian contest from The Brick!

When we first bought our old camper early this Spring, I immediately booked a camping spot in Jasper so that we’d have a goal date to get the camper finished by.

Well, we didn’t get it done on time, but at least it was clean and safe for our first camping adventure.

Little did we know that we’d wake up to snow on our first camping trip with Our DIY Camper!

The campsite was so incredibly cold and wet that we ended up leaving early and coming home. We weren’t prepared, and we had to cut our trip short.

Thankfully we got a weenie and marshmallow roast in before it snowed, and the girls are still talking about our tiny camping trip with joy. They loved it, but I already know that I need to change some things before we go on our next trip.

Here are some things I did that I WON’T do the next time we go camping with our kids:

Not Packing A Variety of Clothing Layers

I packed a lot of summer items and rain jackets, but I didn’t pack extra socks, warm layers like sweatshirts and long johns, and undershirts. Whether camping in a trailer or tent, extra layers will be helpful for day or night (or extreme weather changes)!

Not Re-Booking Our Trip When Bad Weather was Imminent

In retrospect, I wish I would have looked at the Jasper weather forecast a few days in advance and tried to reschedule our trip. I realized that you can reschedule a spot at a Canada National Park campsite a few days in advance with no penalty AFTER our trip! The forecast called for rain and sleet, and I should have thought the trip through a little more.

Not Packing Easier Food to Cook

I planned on making a lot of things on the camp stove outside, so when it rained and snowed we were forced to cook in the tiny trailer. I wish I would have brought a few simpler things to make inside like cereal, canned food and sandwiches. We did have a fantastic eggs, bacon and pancakes breakfast in the trailer, though!

Not Packing Tarps

Extra tarps and ropes and things would have helped us stay drier when we couldn’t fully extend our trailer’s awning or get our picnic table dry. Tarps would be useful for lots of different situations on a camping trip, so next time we’re definitely bringing some.

Not Bringing Extra Towels and Blankets

We really could have used more dry towels and warm blankets on our trip. I think regardless of the weather, extra cozy textiles would make a camping trip more comfortable. We were so chilly and wet! On the bright side, we now know that our camper stays quite warm in the worst conditions.

Despite all of these things, we still had a pretty amazing time on our adventure! The girls were so excited to head into the mountains and have our brief stay in the trailer. We really did enjoy being together and playing board games, roasting hot dogs, and seeing all of the beautiful scenery. We sure love our Rocky Mountains, and we can’t wait to visit again when it’s a little warmer!

What’s your favourite spot to camp in Canada? Do you have any camping tips for me?

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Disclaimer: This post is sponsored by The Brick. As always, all of the opinions here are my own.