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
What is it about family groups cooking together on campsites that fills me with mild dread? Couldn’t my next camping trip with extended family have the potential to be like a scene from an italian olive oil commercial? Generations gathered around long picnic tables, dining under the stars with platters laden with delicious treats, glasses chinking, candles twinkling, smiles and laughter for hours as the sun gently sets. The children giggling quietly in their seats and everyo
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
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