Whoop whoop the summer is here! This time of year always makes me want to get out and about and explore new places. And for us, the best way we like to do this is by packing the tent into the big red fun bus and spending a few nights under canvas.
We only actually started camping together as a family three years ago, when the girls were 3 and 6. But I also have very fond memories of camping with my mum and sister when I was little. It was these memories that encouraged me to give it a go with my own family.
Camping for me is the ideal opportunity for us to spend some real quality time together as a family. No work, no school, no after school clubs and no children’s social life to organise. This is when I find us making some of our best family memories.
Yes, setting the tent up and taking down can take some time. But when it’s up there’s isn’t much to do apart from sit back, crack open a beer or a bottle of wine, and enjoy the great outdoors. I have written previously about how to be organised on a camping trip but when Halfords got in contact and asked me how we create family memories when camping I thought I would share with you what’s on my memory making checklist.
My camping memory making checklist
1. Marshmallows – These are always the first thing the girls ask for on the camping food shopping list. Nothing beats, at the end of a long day exploring new places, everyone takes a seat around the camp fire, or the burning embers from the BBQ, toasting a marshmallow or 4. Oh, don’t forget the skewers, otherwise you will lose a gooey marshmallow through the grill.
2. Cool box & picnic stuff – To fuel those adventuring days you will need to pack an energy boosting packed lunch. So don’t forget to take some Tupperware, or tin foil, for the sandwiches. The cool box is a must too, a cold beer on the beach is always a winner. And as most campsites have the ability for you to re-freeze your ice blocks you can pretty much guarantee to have a perfectly cold cool box. The tin foil is always good to wrap up the BBQ leftovers, sausage sandwich anyone?
3. Buckets and spades – We live in South Devon, and very close to the beach, but that doesn’t stop us trying to find campsites near other beaches. A day on the beach just building sandcastles, splashing around in the sea or just chilling watching the world go by is a perfect day. One of our favourite campsites for a beach day is Pentewan in Cornwall, it’s just past St. Austell. The campsite is right on the beach. In fact Halfords have mentioned this fab campsite, amongst many more which are now on my list to visit, in their new camping guide. I don’t blame them it’s a great site for a family camping, or caravaning, holiday.
4. Fairy lights, Bluetooth speakers & camping chairs – Camping is also great for spending quality time with the husband and friends. And it is so easy to create a chilled out zone for you all to sit around the camp fire and just chat. To help create the right ambience I have started adding a string of fairy lights to the awning of the tent, and the inside too. Also don’t forget to take some Bluetooth speakers and download some chilled out tunes before you go.
5. Games – When we go camping we always pack a bag full games. UNO, travel LUDO, snakes and ladders always go down well. Activity and sticker books are also a great hit with the kids. Even a pad and pen for good old fashioned hangman or noughts and crosses, These are not only good for rainy days in the tent but are also great to take into cafes and restaurants when it’s lunch or dinner time. And don’t forget things for the outdoors – frisbee, bats and balls for an impromptu game of rounders and maybe a water gun or three. For my two, camping just makes them want to be outside more. So by taking a few things they will entertain themselves, and also rope you in to play games that you wouldn’t find the time to play when you are at home.
6. Throw/blankets – Again this is something for the night time, but my husband loves nothing better than sat around the camp fire having cuddles with one of the girls wrapped up in a blanket. They just chat about everything and anything. It is so wonderful to sit back and watch them growing their bond.
7. Camera – now I would say this is obvious, but with so much to pack it can be forgotten. Camping creates these great opportunities to be together as a family, and you will want to capture that! Don’t forget the charger or the spare batteries!
And there you have it, my checklist for creating family memories. What would you add to it?
If any of this has inspired you to take up camping, or you want to update your camping gear, check out what’s on offer at Halfords. Trust me, camping creates some of the best family memories. You will have stories to tell for a lifetime.
Lets go camping!
Disclaimer: this post was sponsored by Halfords.