We have done it! A 2D1N camping adventure at P.Ubin, with fellow homeschoolers. A total of seven families and 17 children, most of whom were below five years old. Amazed? I was! 😀
Our itinerary was simple – met up at Changi Point Ferry Terminal in the morning, took a bumboat ride to P.Ubin, set up camp, had lunch at a local restaurant, cycled around the island exploring. Then it was back to camp in the late afternoon to cook dinner, followed by a night walk after washing up.
So how did we manage camping with three young kids? We were pretty minimalist – other than the usual things like clothes and diapers, the only ‘camping gear’ we brought were the tent (which we had from pre-kids days), mess tins (hubby’s army gear), solid fuel, and a few torches. Dinner was very simple, just instant noodles and luncheon meat. It was the first time our kids got to eat instant noodles, and I am sure just once wouldn’t cause any damage. (Well, it’s likely to be instant noodles again when we go camping again. So be it!)
All of us slept on the hard ground, with just the tent separating us from the grass. No mattresses for us. Frankly speaking, my idea of camping is for my boys to rough it out. The standard shall be same as what they gonna get when they go for National Service 😛
Kor Kor cycled on a bicycle we rented from one of the numerous bicycle shops on the island. Didi was in child seat on Hubby’s bicycle, while Meimei was on mine. Unfortunately I am not a very good cyclist and the group had to wait for me to catch up >.<
It was my first time cycling with a child seat. Before that, I never knew how unstable the bicycle would be even with the stand down, when the child was in the seat. The uncle at the bicycle shop did warn us not to leave the child alone on the bicycle, and we took his advice seriously. But alas, an accident still happened. I was not strong enough to hold on to the bicycle while getting on (i.e. with only one leg on the ground), and I caused Meimei to fall!
Luckily luckily LUCKILY Meimei was wearing her helmet and buckled in on the child seat, so she did not sustain any injuries at all. The brave girl didn’t even cry! But she did fall, and her head did come into contact with the ground, so I am really very thankful that I decided to bring her helmet along. In fact I had just bought her helmet a few days before the camping trip for this purpose. Previously I wasn’t sure whether a child riding in the bicycle’s child seat needed a helmet, though I would definitely ensure the cycling kids wear their helmets. Parents, please let your child wear a helmet as long as she is on a bicycle! Or a balance bike.. or skates.. or skate scooter.. any of those dangerous speed machines.. ok??
All in all, I enjoyed the camping trip a lot, and the boys said they had fun too. I am glad they finally got to try camping, and hopefully we will get to do it again soon! And we shall also go over to P.Ubin for more nature regularly!