As a family we love camping, whether it’s a France road trip, on our Africa overland adventures, or even in our back garden. And now we have our Mazda Bongo 4×4 camper! We love being outdoors, roasting marshmallows over the campfire, and waking up to the sounds of nature around us. Plus camping it’s a great option for budget travel.
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What I don’t like? The packing. There is always so much stuff to take and seemingly never enough boot space!
But over the years, I’ve honed it down to a fine art to minimise faffing. Organisation is key when it comes to packing for a family camping trip and a camping checklist is paramount!
If you’re staying somewhere for a couple of nights of more, it’s nice to have an awning to give you that little bit more space. We have one that came with our Bongo when we bought it off eBay, but I do love this OLPRO Cocoon Breeze that Tinbox Traveller uses.
If you’re wild camping or staying somewhere with no toilet facilities, then a pop up toilet tent is an excellent idea. Add in a collapsible toilet seat, bin bags, saw dust and of course toilet roll, and you’re sorted!
Thankfully our Mazda Bongo comes with a sink, two hobs and a fridge, as well as an onboard water tank! So the cooking gear we need is:
Slow cooker – even though we have the hobs, the slow cooker is used so much. Often we put a veggie bolognese in there first thing in the morning, put it on a low setting, and then dinner is waiting for us when we get back from our hike!
Were you an intrepid backpacker in your previous life? Exploring distant and exotic lands on a budget, getting off the beaten track and feeling like you were doing something different? Now that young kids are in the picture, travel priorities may have changed. But you don’t have to get sucked into the package holiday bubble. Adventure travel with young kids is possible! Jenny x