(.....and still enjoy it!)
I am a 15 year old, not very typical teenager, not typical
because I enjoy family holidays very much. My friends and acquaintances
however, are a completely different story. From refusals to stay in a tent,
to stubbornness about being seen with their family, I can pretty much say
I've seen it all.
So, this is a guide, written by a teenager, to hopefully
stop boredom, and help every parent survive!
The Departure From Home
1. Always make sure that we've has packed everything that we want, but
especially our MP3 players, as this is a must for keeping us quiet.
2. We're not fond of being squashed up with younger siblings in the back
seat, but if this is the only option, make sure we're not in the middle
seat. Stock up on sweets, like polos and wine gums, as these can be eaten
whenever, without needing a stop.
3. If it's a long journey, stop every couple of hours, one for a lunch stop,
and the rest for the loo. Make sure we have enough to drink; we get
irritable if we're thirsty!
4. Invest in a portable DVD player, or if you can afford it, portable DVD
players. Then get some DVDs that everybody likes, but if you have more than
one DVD player, don't bring everyone favourite, or we will argue over it,
5. Make sure it isn't to hot, and if we open windows, don't nag us to shut
it until it gets cold in the car. In fact, please don't nag us too much, as
this is the reason we get moody.
Arrival At The Campsite
1. It is a safe bet that we won't want to help put the tent up (unless it's
me, in which case I will). You have to bribe us, like letting us go into
town after dinner by ourselves for a bit. Don't have a shouting match with
us: this is embarrassing. Instead let us go off for a shower; it gets us out
of your hair for a bit anyway.
2. If the tent has only one or two compartments, try pegging up a curtain
around our space, we need our privacy! If we are older teenagers, let us
sleep in a two-man tent next door, always a sure-fire way to get you in our
3. Ditto above if you have braved taking one of our friends along.
4. Cook a big meal or go down to the chip shop soon after the tent is up. We
are always hungry.
During The Day
1. Try to come up with a few trips to places that will interest us, and if
you can't think of anything, just go to the beach. Whilst their, let us go
off by ourselves. Do not make us take little sibling to get an ice cream
unless it is less than 250 yards away.
2. Let us have one day off from the family to make new friends etc.
Sometimes, we just don't want to walk around a dinosaur museum.
3. Make sure we have saved enough money to see us through the holiday, and
work with us to set limits on spending. Remind us that the more we spend
today, the less we will have tomorrow.
4. Get us a comfortable but cool bag (i.e. let us choose it), so we can
carry all our beach ware around with us. Surfers' rucksacks are in at the
moment, so always a good idea!
5. See if there is a course running that we actually want to do. These don't
always have to cost a lot of money, either!
In The Evening
1. Go to the chip shop or have a barbeque one night. If we have made friends
on the campsite, invite them to come to the barbeque. You can have a real
laugh if everyone gets on.
2. Make our curfews a little bit later than our at home curfews, as we are
on holiday. Let us stay out, but don't contact us by mobile until 5 minutes
before the end of the curfew, as otherwise this is embarrassing.
Well, I hope this little guide helps you to survive your camping holidays!
To conclude, I'll just give you one tip. Mobiles, chargers and hairdryers