What's the point of minimalist family camping? I can tell you from own experience that it is definitely possible to camp with very little gear with children, but why should you bother camping the minimalist way? 1. It’s quicker - however much stuff you like to bring along, having most of it organised at the start of the season, ready to grab’n’go at the first hint of sunshine will rapidly reduce your preparation time. 2. It’s easier - With less work to do and little planning
So its possible to camp with less on a short trip, but how about a two week camping holiday abroad? A common approach for the annual summer family holiday would be to squash everything that moves into the biggest vehicle you have, kids packed up to their eyes in duvets and outdoor toys on the back seat, a massive 'family sized' tent strapped into the roof rack and everything else... salad bowls, wine coolers and fold-out kitchen piled up high in the boot. It probably involves
The clocks have changed, winter darkness is rapidly disappearing and our thoughts are wondering outside again at last. Long summer evenings are suddenly coming our way so lets be ready to seize them with both hands and get out there!
If your camping kit has been lingering in a shed or attic for the past few months, now is the time to dig it out, dust it off and quickly get packed up ready for a season of easy stress-free camping fun.
1. Gather - dig out your list and gathe
Why do we bring so much stuff with us when we camp? After speaking to many campers and reflecting on my own experience I think it comes down to one thing – fear. Leaving the safety of our homes and venturing out into the darkness, without a well-stocked frige, wifi and a locked front door leaves us feeling vulnerable and we worry. We worry about being cold and hungry. We worry about our children being bored and squabbling. We worry that if we are cold, hungry and tired our fa
Have you ever played ‘car tetris’? Squeezing every item of camping gear into your vehicle can take hours and be horribly stressful. But there is an easier way to go family camping, and I’m not suggesting a roof box or trailer. You can just take smaller stuff, and less of it, without compromising on warmth, comfort or convenience. Our small car and tiny tent for two adults and two children touring in France. Here are my top tips: 1. Don’t take piles of extra bedding To keep wa
Are you exhausted by the thought of camping with kids? Has your gear got the better of you? Would you rather stay home than face the packing frenzy for a short family camping trip? I love being outdoors camping with my children, the mummy guilt miraculously stops when we are spending time together in nature. It feels like the best experience I can offer them as a parent is the chance to be wild and free. Away from the constraints of school and social pressure. So why does it
Four years ago we discovered Burnbake in Dorset. A beautiful, quiet campsite with small grassy pitches nestled in woodland. Dappled sunshine shone through the trees, children played on a simple rope swing, footpaths meandered away into the woods across a babbling stream. Free hot showers, a lovely shop in a charming wooden cabin selling just what we needed. Situated within a few miles of Corfe and its ruined castle, Kimmeridge with its rock pools, Durleston Head with its brea
Keeping warm at night is top priority for our family when camping. If the kids get cold they will wake up and we’ll all have a bad night. So what is the best way to keep them cosy in a tent without packing heaps of bedding? I used to bring piles of spare duvets and blankets but they completely filled our car and took time sorting and washing when we got back. On my mission to camp with less stuff and less stress I’ve realised this was a major packing nightmare for me and one
Many campers have their own system for storing and managing their gear. We have a large (Primark) bag for all our sleeping bags, mats and compact chairs, and the simple ‘3 Box System’ for virtually everything else. We prepare this at the start of the camping season and leave it packed all year, ready to be thrown in the car at a moments notice. It holds all our cooking/eating equipment, plus tiny toys, treats and extra small bits of kit. Equipment 3 x large plastic tubs (with
A folding wash basin is a great way to save space when packing for a camping trip. I do think a washing up bowl is really handy so didn't want to go without one. All those dirty dishes around the bbq need to be transported to the nearest tap/ washing up area at the campsite to get cleaned up. This 7 litre basin by Adventuridge from Aldi neatly just squashes down easily by pressing down on the rim, with one fold running around the inside. Here it is when folded, compared with