What dangers might one come across during the trip?
No trip is smooth sailing all the way, little arguments and disagreements are bound to happen and one should just take them in stride. Minor mistakes and a few disputes are perfectly normal. It might get too boring, cold or stormy. Or you might run into a spider web and let out an embarrassing squeal. You might even find a tick on you. Or be forced to escape from a wasp. Once, one of our travellers ran from a wasp, only to hit their little toe. When we took a look at the poor toe, we also found the wasp, lying dead on the ground. Apparently, you can kill wasps with your toes.
Our trip took us through small settlements, which are especially fun to witness at 10 in the morning. That's when men from the village gather at the store, waiting to buy their first drink. Full of energy and hope, they chat about the previous day and their plans for the day to come. It's little quaint things like this that you remember after the trip.
What should I take along?
A tent, camping stove, dishes, bug repellent, sunscreen, swimming equipment, a photo camera and a video camera, and some warm clothes. Summers in Estonia can be rainy and cloudy, with temperatures ranging between 7 and 27 degrees. It is what it is! Should you still have a sled in the car from the winter, you can use it to give your kids a fun ride on the sand at the Piusa beach.
It's best not to bring along disposable plates (if you must do so, choose the biodegradable option). I would recommend that you take along regular dishes, a bowl, cup and spoon for each person, who will then wash their own dishes. A pot for the camping stove, so you could boil water. At first, I made porridge and coffee in the pot, but it makes more sense for everyone to make porridge, noodles, coffee or tea in their own bowl with water boiled in the pot. It is best to buy enough food and snacks to last a couple of meals and there might not be stores at the road side when you need them. The same applies to gas, it does not hurt to have a little extra.
I would also recommend that you take along some measuring advice, as there comes a moment during each trip when the kids will demand that ice cream be measured out absolutely equally.
Make sure that you do not forget games and sports equipment: badminton, volleyball, petanque, electronic party games and card games, for example the Travel game (from the AHHAA science shop in Tartu).
The happiest mother is the mother of tired children.
Photographs: personal collection. The photo album and video were compiled by Freddy Jakobson