Summer Survival and PCS Tips Jun. 2014 - Page 29

Buying a camper, although extreme to some, actually solved many of our travel concerns. Our boys needed their environment to be as familiar as possible. Rather than staying in different hotel rooms every night for a week of travel, the camper offers familiarity and consistency in a time when our whole family is in flux.

Camping afforded us the room to be able to pack their beloved bed comforters, sectional plates and routine foods to accommodate their mealtime limitations, and a handful of toys to keep them entertained at night. It also eliminated the risk associated with sneaking now two cats and a lab, plus all of their gear, into a hotel.

It can be cramped quarters, and the set up/break down gets old really quickly; however, it's so worth the extra work. Spending time wandering around the campground, looking around fallen logs, learning about nature, letting the kids get a little dirtier than normal, and eating way too many marshmallows makes for incredible memories. Certainly it leads to more colorful moving stories!

We have seen small towns and big cities all across America. We've seen state parks, incredible sunsets, and counted ourselves blessed to gaze upon the unfettered night sky.

And while it may not be realistic to buy a camper, especially if it's something new to your family, there are options to rent an RV or travel trailer and drive cross country.

It Ain't Paris

Sometimes life on the road comes with picturesque scenery.

Sometimes it doesn't.