I didn’t even realize I’d been dreading it…

“Mum, can you help?” whispered Peter, my 10-year-old. “There’s a monster asleep in my bed.”

It was 10 o’clock and I’d been trying to get my four kids to bed since seven. The monster in question was my toddler, Edmund, who had earlier caused havoc by using his sister as a trampoline. I sigh with relief and lift the little body back on to his own bed.

The kids bedroom in the campervan is six foot long. In other words, the length of their beds. Susan who’s eight and Peter have the two top bunks, while the younger kids Lucy and Edmund sleep on the bottom bunks.

Unfortunately for Lucy, it means that when she annoys Edmund he has easy access to her by crawling across the narrow ledge between their two beds. Her most usual way to annoy Edmund is to fall asleep even though he wants to play. In such a large bedroom, it’s a bit hard to contain a marauding toddler sometimes.

Edmund knew how to stop Lucy from being so boring, or in other words sleeping. He’d use her as a trampoline — again. As usual, the first I knew of this was hearing Lucy’s sobs.

I lay down next to Lucy, cuddling her while she sobs herself back to sleep, while Edmund stayed giggling on his bed.

I climbed in to bed and was just drifting off when Peter started shouting,

Aww, that stinks!” pause “Aww, it smells so bad.”

I opened the door, angry at Peter for shouting while others were asleep.

Susan hung over the edge of her bed — vomiting. A lot.

It looked like she’d started spewing while she was asleep, because it was all over her and her bed. Then she leaned over the side of the bed so she didn’t get any more on her. Spew sprayed from the ledge and splattered all over Edmund and Lucy, and their beds.

I opened the door to put the dirty doonas, quilts, pillows and sheets outside till morning, when I could deal with them. We may have a washing machine, but 2 sheets is all it holds so most wouldn’t even fit in. I’d been dreading the first time someone spewed in a campervan, and now with it covering three beds and three kids, it was even worse than I’d imagined.

As I opened the door, a dingo scampered away from the campervan.

The bloomin’ creature had ripped the box of rubbish we’d had at the front door to shreds. Even in the moonlight, I could see it was bad. Dirty nappies shredded, scraps of cardboard strewn around, and plastic packaging littered around on the ground.

You can imagine how lovely my day has been, cleaning up after last night.

Travelling Australia in a campervan since 2009 with our four children aged 4, 7, 10, and 11. We are a family living on the road. Stopping to work in rural and remote towns as we need more money, we love this lifestyle. The four kids are homeschooled as we work our way slowly around Australia.

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Travelling Australia in a campervan since 2009 with our four children aged 4, 7, 10, and 11. We are a family living on the road.
Stopping to work in rural and remote towns as we need more money, we love this lifestyle. The four kids are homeschooled as we work our way slowly around Australia.

Comments

  1. Justin
    Twitter: familyescape
    says:

    Camping at its finest! Poor guys. Nothing like the middle of the night to do it you. You have dingos, we have racoons. Sam got sick on the way to Florida last year. We were in Georgia cleaning up til 4 AM and taking off at 5AM. By the time we hit Florida his fever was gone and we decided that week we wanted to travel forever, so go figure. We travelers abuse ourselves for sure!

    • admin
      Twitter: livinontheroad
      says:

      Wow, I am so impressed that even with a sick child the vacation was good enough to make you want to travel forever! We’ve not seen many dingoes, this was only our 5th that we’ve seen since we’ve been travelling, so I guess racoons may be more of a problem if they are more common.

  2. Awe man that sucks! Nothing like puke fumes in closed quarters!

  3. Christine says:

    oh you poor lady. I can only imagine. I really hope it has improved for you x.
    We did a camp once and on the last night one whole family started vomiting in a camper trailer they had hired from us. They started within hours of each other and had caught the bug from their youngest one. During the evening my daughter started, by morning more camp members where unwell… it was a nightmare. Thankfully I started after we got home. We can now look back and smile, but it’s terrible when you’re in it. I have to say it would have to be up there with one of the worst things that could happen while camping. I hope you have your heater working while you’re washing these doonas.

    • admin
      Twitter: livinontheroad
      says:

      Susan was better in the morning, but I wasn’t feeling so great having to clean it all up! After 18 months, it was the first time something like this has happened, so I guess we’ve been lucky? The entire family would be so much worse — what a nightmare that must have been!

  4. I hope you have a laundrette nearby – sounds like a nightmare. Good luck…

    • admin
      Twitter: livinontheroad
      says:

      The laundromat was about two kilometers away, but my husband had the car at work so I had to get it all there without a car! Not the greatest night, but luckily Susan was feeling better in the morning … Thanks for the well-wishes.

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