Moms camping with kids alone?

Discussion in 'Camping with Kids/Pets' started by adventuremom, Jun 19, 2015.

  1. thethird152

    thethird152 Active Member

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    I am the furthest thing in the world from a mom taking her kids camping solo (married man with no kids), but I will say that in my entire lifetime of camping (30+ years since I started as a young boy) I've only ever been nervous once, and it was miles into the wilderness (backpacking trip).

    You'll likely find that most folks in campgrounds are terribly friendly, and their biggest faux pas might be trying to help a woman going it alone a little too much (with the noblest of intentions).

    This is strictly a personal preference. Ever since I've been old enough, I always travel (wherever it is legal) with a personal protection weapon. I will, without hesitance, say that never once have I ever felt the need to even reach for it, but I do sleep a little better at night knowing it is there while camping.

    A previous post said "be smart, but don't be afraid", which I think is phenomenal advice. Get out there and camp!

    Enjoy yourself!
     
  2. jdirosa72@gmail.com

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    How old are the kids, not that it matters much, but I say if you do it at home you can do it anywhere. Keep them busy and well fed and u will have a grand ole time. After you do it once you will know what to expect and I would fair to say your DH will be jealous because your having all the fun , just do it ...... Food and activities are the key, if the are hungry they get grumpy, if they are bored they get grumpy. Have fun
     
  3. SquishySaurus

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    I camp "alone" with my two boys (ages 5 and 8 last season - and we were in a tent then!). The pop up is a step up for us and all that Velcro has me feeling a lot more secure already surprisingly ;)

    During weekends when the park is full, I never really mind it though on longer trips when we'd be the only (or one of very few) one on the loop it would be super creepy - even when we were camping with my mom in her big MH next door. Luckily I have a friend near one of the campgrounds that brought over their own tent so we weren't completely alone on some of the more creepier nights.

    I always plan to have at least one of my dogs with us which helps keeps some of the creep factor at bay. The kids never seem to mind though :)

    As a general attitude, other campers seem to go out of their way to be friendly to us some times and I get a lot of comments about how people think it is great I do this with my boys lol :)
     
  4. G114

    G114 There's a world out there to explore

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    Hello, I am so glad to hear all of you. I just bought my pop up and as I've mentioned before on this forum, I intend to eventually go on my own with or without my dogs depending where I am going. I am also very nervous but my adult son and daughter will be joining me to do a couple of dry runs in parks within our area before I venture out on my own. I am also very nervous about the backing the trailer in but hopefully the magnetic poles I bought will help. Thanks for sharing and for those that do camp alone I could definitely use another pop up as company so if you are visiting Florida please let me know!
     
  5. MrsGregg

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    I'm not a mom, but I did grow up camping with usually just my mom and sister. My mom is a teacher, therefore she had most of the summer off with us. My dad would usually be able to get off a couple days, but not a whole week. So dad would drive the camper, get us set up, and then us girls would camp the rest of the time.

    We had certain campgrounds that we frequented each summer. Once mom got brave enough to drive the camper on her own, we ventured out a little further. It always seemed as if other campers watched out for us. We couldn't get the coupler to let loose from the hitch one time and had campers from two separate sites come and help us out. One time I almost went and asked someone to back in our camper, because (bless her heart) my mom was just not getting it that day!

    Once you start camping, you'll end up finding your favorite campgrounds, the ones that will feel like home. They will feel safe. Seek out parks that have rangers or camp hosts rather than the ones that just have a fee drop box.

    I'm now almost 30 and wouldn't trade those memories for anything!
     
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  6. Orchid

    Orchid Sharp Shootin' Grandma

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    [LOL] This made me laugh. It's the reason I don't bother trying to put a better lock on.

    I've camped in a tent since birth. I took my 4 kids camping alone, in a tent, all the time. I homeschooled (before it was cool lol) and we would hit the state parks as soon as the other kids went back to school. We spent so many beautiful fall weeks camping back in those days.

    When any of my kids was still very young, I would put a luggage lock through the three zipper handles where they met in the middle. It kept any child from getting up in the night disoriented and going out. That's about as tight as security ever got.

    The one thing I can say is that I have never ventured out of state parks. We don't do private campgrounds. I especially only felt safe with the kids when places I was familiar with and had rangers that patrolled. Never had a single incident with anyone, ever. And to this day, I still camp alone with grandchildren at times. Sometimes in a tent, sometimes in a PUP. Just depends on what we have at the time.

    Never let fear stop you from living and enjoying the beautiful world out there. At least at state parks, all people I have met are good, helpful people.

    When you are older, you will not regret the chances you took, only the ones you were afraid to take. Having fun! Get out there with those kids!
     
  7. ScoobyDoo

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    Would you like a man's POV on this? Most that live in cities or 'burbs hear alarms all the time. Most times, it is a accident, so we might look, "Who's the dumb...."
    On the other hand, we where in a CG, and a woman screamed. With in seconds, there was 7 men in her site, at least 3 where armed and 2 had dialed 911. Sure, we laughed as we chased the raccoon out of her PUP, but I bet she felt protected...
    As for locking the door; Does yours have the little plastic cams to hold the door to frame when stowed? Turn one of them, up where "You must be at least this tall to open the door" Also hard to know where they are from outside, so if they reach thru the velcro to knob, extra time, and noise...
     
  8. Natureangel

    Natureangel Everythings better outdoors...

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    I have tented with my children, and now pupping it on my own and with my GD. I have installed an "alarm" of sorts on the door. I have a devil of a time falling asleep but once I'm out I'm out. This alarm attatches to the door and frame and once turned on it will alarm when the door opens. It's not so loud as to scare some one off, but I hope it would waken me. I purchased it for a couple dollars at Harbor Freight and its battery operarted. I also have a motion sensing light that can be plugged into the outside outlet, but I rarely use that. I also sleep with the car keys close by so the alarm is handy.
    I have never had any problems other than the darn raccoons! And I refuse to not enjoy the outdoors out of fear of "what ifs".
    Camp on!
     
  9. Orchid

    Orchid Sharp Shootin' Grandma

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    All Dollar Tree stores I've ever been in stock these little "window alarms." They are perfect for a PUP door. And a slider lock on the door if it makes you feel more comfortable.

    My biggest concern, with very young kids, is keeping them in, as opposed to keeping others out.

    In all of history, I can only think of two instance of anything happening to children while camping. One was at a scout camp and the other an isolated campsite. Both were decades ago. Both had men present. Compare that to the number of kids that go missing from everyday life, on a nearly daily basis. The odds are clear. Kids are safer camping than any other time. [CP]
     
  10. CO Hiker

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    We encountered several single moms or aunts out camping with their families over the summer. Most campers will look out for each other and the park rangers were out pretty regularly checking on families last summer too. You can turn the car to face your camper so if you hit the locks it'll light up the camper and blast anybody outside with the headlights which will screw up their night vision for a few minutes. Can't run away through the trees if you can't see. You could put the fire extinguisher near the bunk (away from the door) and a shot of that stuff to the face will choke the bajeezus out of them not to mention make them stand out. Even a small serviceable fire extinguisher has a 10ft reach and then some.
     
  11. silverfz

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    My wife does camp with the kids and dog alone. She tows better and parks better than me so i have no worries. Plus seem like every time she checks in some campers come to help her setup even though she is pretty self sufficient.

    she so far camped only near places with friends or family , so her friends with kids show up and play with our kids during these times. Also my mother in law will come over and spend some days. She even had her cousin with kids stay over a few days this summer with her in a koa.

    i get my one or 2 weekend motorcycle ride over nighters with friends or go to some concert or casino so i am all for it.
     
  12. Orchid

    Orchid Sharp Shootin' Grandma

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    I love that you admitted this. [:D] I'm a much better driver than my husband, but he won't admit.

    He does have to back up and park the camper, as that is something he does much better. I've never taken any of our campers out alone. All the camping with my kids, when they were growing up, was tenting.

    Since I'm planning some solo trips with a women's camping group, I have practiced setting up and breaking down by myself. Backing and hitching are my last hurdles.
     
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    i totally agree with this. the people i camp with, and 99% of the people i've met camping are the same way. we're all a bunch of fun loving goofballs, but if anyone man/woman/or child even so much as hinted they needed help, every single one of us would help out, no questions asked.
     
  14. silverfz

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    My wife started by getting pull through sites, also if they have many sites open most campgrounds will let her check them out so she will get a little early and get a site where the site behind is empty so again she can pull through. Now she has parked in spots i would not have. But i believe its comes with practice. we just did 2500 mile trip and even though i did majority of the driving and parking she did a whole bunch of it. Better that way as we age.
     
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    I gonly alone with my 2 girls 9 and 11 all the time. My husband works and we get tired of waiting for him. 1st is can you hook up and unhook your trailer 100% without ur husband. If you can I say get out and camp. I am a stay at home lock all the doors mom of 2 also. I have a pop up tent trailer and I feel safe alone with my kids. A small tv or computer screen and DVD player, some games and coloring. Flash lights and a pocket knife to help you feel safe when alone. I have never once felt scared... but on a side note I don't and have never tried hooking my trailer up on my own.. I should we only have one car. We eaither take a half day off work and my husband drops us off at the camp ground . It's only 45 min from my house and we stay 3-7 days without him. He comes back and sleeps one night with us and then we pack up and go. Yes that means we r there without a car for that time. But again we only have the 1, so for us it's better for us to get out and camp then to be at home thinking of it. After your first trip you'll be going all the time alone. I have 2 knifes little I keep n my pocket for bathroom trips and by my bed at night.. but I also do when he is with me. I have taken 3 kids alone for 4 days by myself and I am scared n the dark type of person, but i have never been camping. [8D] [CP]
     
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    great suggestions... never thought of an alternative use for my fire extinguisher.
     
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    Get A Can Of Wasp Spray Shoots 20 Feet Enjoy Camping. [SUN] [RTM]
     
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    I have tent camped alone for years too with my two children. It has been great and I have never felt afraid. I just purchased my first pop up and I am looking forward to our first camper experience. Be smart and aware of your surroundings, but have fun too.
     
  19. PATMD

    PATMD SOILENT GREEN IS PEOPLE!!!

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    I always have a can in my car and pup! Great for protection and I also use it near the gas pumps/ trash cans at the gas stations where yellow jackets, wasps and hornets hang out. Greatest thing ever invented!
    PATMD
     
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    I've just purchased my first pop up, I have little experience camping, I have never hooked up a trailer, and I'm a newly single mom. I'm glad to read that there are many ladies that are traveling solo! I can't wait until our first trip!
     

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