Minimalist Mum UK

Hello, I'm Briony, a mother to two young children on a mission to get my family outdoors more often and more easily. Join me on my journey from overpacked estate car to grab-’n-go easy camping kit. So leave the lanterns, chuck out the chairs, kiss goodbye to the gadgets and let's go Mini Camping.



© Minimalist Family Camping 2019


July 13, 2018

This large, light and airy summer tent by Coleman looks fantastic and a lot more interesting than other tents. But with a reasonably large pack size and hefty 20kg weight could I handle it on my own? As the UK was in the midst of a heatwave I realised our usual little...

June 28, 2018

How to squeeze a wild microadventure into monday to friday monotony.

The perfect test for my minimalist family camping kit was to camp on a school night. A one night micro adventure with my children, mid week, to escape the boring routine of work and school. With a comp...

June 10, 2018

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 alo...

March 1, 2018

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...

June 11, 2017

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...

June 9, 2017

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 cam...

June 8, 2017

Young children can be fairly easily entertained in nature – some sticks, mud, water and leaves can keep them busy for ages, particularly if there are other children to play with, but there are times when one of them may need some quiet time on their own, or if the weat...

June 8, 2017

Lets get our kids outside on short camping adventures more often and more easily. Less gear will be smaller to store and quicker to pack and so much easier than you think.

1. Be brave!

Your friends may think you’re crazy leaving the glamping equipment at home but you’ll...

March 31, 2016

Camping with children can be brilliant fun, but needs a bit of thought to make it go really well. If you are feeling daunted about taking your kids camping, here are a few family camping tips and tricks I've learned from experience with my kids which will help you all...

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August 9, 2019

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