When the husband yodels the camping call, if the children are feeling energetic, they tie down the technology hog, and make it regurgitate the original “CCC” list. Then they dash through the house to retrieve the misplaced gear and refill the box.

Although, some trips—okay, most trips,--they don’t. Then we camp survivor-style. Survival camping requires only the basics: pointy sticks, sharp knives and fire.

The only other necessity for the perfect camping experience is the addition of water. Within the first five minutes of the trip, all the clothing has to be dragged out, doused and hung out on poison ivy clothes vines, just waiting to be rained upon.

Reality Bite: On the bright side, survival camping doesn’t require coordinating shoes

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