Mini Gear Reviews

Every item has to earn its place in our grab’n’go family camping bag. In this section I’ll be reviewing products which are ideal for minimalist family camping, which need to be lightweight, useful and compact.

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...

August 16, 2017

Do you need enough pans to cook for a family when you are camping, but don’t have space to pack them? This handy set is the perfect solution.

It consists of a 3 litre pan, 2 litre pan, 1 litre frying pan and 1 litre kettle which all nest inside each other in a neat lit...

August 12, 2017

However minimalist you are, eating outdoors requires some basic tools, and some sort of cutlery is essential for preparing and eating food. While fingers are fine for some foods, milky cereal, hot pasta and other messy dishes will definately require some eating utensil...

July 12, 2017

This small but mighty cook book is packed with 200 recipes to cook and eat outdoors. Not only does the food look absolutely delicious, it is also simple to prepare and many recipes only require a handful of ingredients. It's full of great ideas to glamp-up your camp fo...

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

Surely every parent who has ever been camping with their young children has prayed, at 4.00am, for a darker tent. After years of our children refusing to sleep until dark  then waking excitedly in the early hours as the sun comes up, I am THRILLED that somebody has fin...

June 8, 2017

What they don’t tell you on the instructions is that when you inflate this air-filled sofa you will instantly be mobbed by kids. As soon as they saw the Lazi Bed being filled, our children came running from the distant corners of the campsite to leap all over it. They...

June 8, 2017

A tarp provides shelter from the elements and can be a useful add on if you have a small tent. This Coleman Tarp is designed to fit its Darwin / Tasmin tents but can be adapted to fit most small tents. Supplied with just one pole, the back edge rests on the front of yo...

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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.



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