Camping has always been a huge part of my life growing up! Most school holidays we’d pack the car and go camping for the week or a weekend. Come rain or shine we’d head out into the outdoors, sitting, chatting and enjoying our time under the stars!
I have always enjoyed camping and now I get the opportunity, as my mum and dad with me to take the kids. Although we camped in a tent – nowadays the family loves piling into our Volkswagen campervan. A great runner, reliable and comfortable our camper eats up the miles on the motorway, but its not all plain sailing.
The first and probably the most common question we get asked is: “how do you all fit?” and I won’t lie it can be tough, but with planning and years of experience, it’s a piece of cake.
So here is an insight into the camping adventures we go on in our Volkswagen campervan and our guide to campervanning with kids to keep them entertained and ready for the great outdoors. As we want you can experience the same thrill we get when we head out with the kids.
How to get the Best out of your Volkswagen Campervan
Campervanning with the kids sounds idyllic but it requires a lot of planning before you set off. Everyone always talks about the scenic views and wonderful places you visit. However, there are a lot of dull motorways and traffic jams in between.
There’s so much to love about camping in a Volkswagen Campervan with the kids. So here are a few tips we’ve learnt along the way to keep spirits and morale high on the road.
It comes to no surprise that space in our Volkswagen campervan can be tight, but it all depends on how clever you are when you’re packing. A long trip with a full camper can be tricky so, minimal packing is key! I’m guilty of overpacking and I’ve made that mistake so take it from me you don’t need 4 pairs of shoes.
Some of the clothes you pack will depend on where you’re going but it’s safe to say if you’re camping in the UK, you’ll need waterproofs and all-weather clothing! So, assuming you are camping in the UK, the essentials are; a raincoat or all-weather clothing, wellies, walking boots, shorts, jeans and a warm jumper.
Another tip is to pack a washing line and washing tablets – and we take every opportunity to do a bit of laundry.
Plan where you’re going to Stay
There are hundreds of campsites across the UK and Europe with fun activities for kids and they are key for a pleasant trip. If there isn’t anything for the kids to do in and around the campsite it can be difficult to keep a smile on their faces. Amenities such as a swimming pool, parks, games rooms, sports facilities are not only fun for you and the kids but a great chance for them to make friends.
Know the Area
Camping is all about exploring new places and getting out and about on foot. If you need to drive 30 minutes or so to the nearest attraction it defeats the point a little. Not only that if you’ve spent time setting up your little campsite as your home from home, with lights, awning, pop up table etc and then have to pack it all away every time you head out, but you’re also wasting valuable holiday time.
This jumps on the previous point but a little bit of prior planning and researching the campsite and the local area means you’ll know all the nearest spots for a coffee, ice cream, activities, attractions and more without tearing down your camp.
Keeping the Kids Entertained
As much as camping is a perfect opportunity to break away from technology, that doesn’t mean you have to go completely off the grid. Kids are still kids at the end of the day and a little bit of technology in the downtime doesn’t hurt. We like to pack an ‘entertainment box’, which we like to fill with games, books, toys and so on. If the weather takes a turn and you’re stuck in your campervan a bit of tech can be a lifesaver.
Must pack Items
As we’ve mentioned space is limited in a Volkswagen campervan and clever packing is pivotal. One thing we learnt on the road is to pack pop up tent. You’re probably wondering why we need a tent in a campervan?
A pop-up tent is a perfect home for bulky items that to de-clutter the van when you’re parked up. Items such as car seats, pushchairs, bikes/ scooters, foldable chairs, sports gear, dirty washing, muddy wellies or wet clothes can all be safely stored inside the tent.
The best tip we can give is, make it fun, enjoyable and memorable. Start by limiting your journey times. Short journeys make it less stressful for the driver and the kids appreciate smaller journeys.
Secondly, make it flexible. Home life is often a routine with set bedtimes, mealtimes or curfews. Camping is all about being flexible, fun and embracing the freedom of the great outdoors. We’re not saying you should abandon all the rules and turn camping into a Lord of the Flies’ experience, but a couple of late nights under the stars isn’t the end of the world.
You’re on holiday and you’re out to make memories so make the most out of your valuable time with your family – and let a Volkswagen campervan be the vehicle to help!
Discover all the Wonderful Qualities a Volkswagen Campervan has
We love campervanning with our kids! It takes me back to my childhood days and its brilliant chance to see the world, experiencing the cultures of the area you are in whilst escaping modern comforts at home!
If you’d like to know more about our Volkswagen campervans and customising them for a weekend or week away with the kids, please speak to Denby Campervans. Whether you’re seeing more of Britain or heading into Europe – our T5 & T6 VW campervans have helped countless families make lasting memories that have brought them together.
We love sharing our customer’s stories so if you’ve purchased one of our campervans and have lots pictures of your adventure – please share them with us and we’ll publish them all over our social media pages.
We have recently written a blog on the packing essentials for a campervan. So, if you feel like this has helped you with your next trip why not take a look at that one too.
Life on the road doesn’t mean you can’t live a healthy lifestyle. Don’t get me wrong I love a pub lunch as much as the next camper – but having one every night can become a bit tiresome. Travelling gives you the perfect opportunity to try new recipes and ingredients! Whether you want to try your hand at the local dish or looking to experiment with something new – if there is a kitchen you can make anything. A Denby VW Campervan comes with a fully equipped kitchen, so there is no excuse to not give it ago. Cooking gives you personal satisfaction at seeing your creation come to life and if you add that to the scenic surroundings of your campsite it’s even better. Here are a few quick and easy recipes to try when on the road.
Try these Simple Recipes in Your VW Campervan
Start the day with a healthy breakfast – the perfect fuel for a day exploring. These breakfast burritos pack a little punch to wake you up and get you raring to go.
- Tsp Olive Oil
- Half Red Onion
- 1 Pepper
- 1 can of Black Beans (Drained and rinsed)
- 6 eggs
- Half a cup of grated cheese
- 2 tortillas
- Sour cream
- 1 Tomato (diced)
- 1 Avocado
- Heat half the oil in a frying pan on a medium heat – Throw in the onions and peppers and cook until soft (7 minutes). Add the black beans and cook for a further 2-3 minutes. Season with salt and pepper and place in a separate dish for now.
- Whisk the eggs and throw in the cheese and mix. Heat the remaining oil in the frying pan and scramble the eggs until cooked. Spread the salsa and sour cream into the tortillas and top with the eggs, beans/ peppers/ onion mix and the chopped avocado.
- Roll the tortillas into a burrito and get stuck in! For extra flavour add a few chilli flakes or serve with Chipotle or Tabasco sauce.
Classic and simple Chili con carne – packed full of flavour and can be cooked in less than half an hour. Ideal as a quick lunch or dinner after a day out – there may even be enough for leftovers.
- Tsp Olive Oil
- 750g Beef Mince
- 2 Onions (Diced)
- 2 Peppers (Diced)
- 3 Garlic Cloves (Crushed or diced)
- 1 Red Chilli (Chopped & de-seeded for a milder taste)
- 2 tbsp Chilli Powder
- 1 Can of Chopped Tomatoes
- 400g can of Kidney Beans
- Topping choices – Rice, Jalapeno, Sour Cream, Coriander, Cheese, Salsa, Tortilla Chips.
- Heat the oil in a large saucepan over medium heat. When hot add the mince and break up and stir until brown. Add and mix in the peppers, onions, garlic, chilli and cook for a further 5 minutes, then add the chilli powder.
- Add the chopped tomatoes and bring to boil and then reduce to a medium/ low heat. Simmer until sauce is nice and thick.
- Add the beans and increase the heat back to medium. Then serve with the toppings of your choice.
The ultimate camper and VW campervan meal whether you’re an inexperienced chef or a master. Who doesn’t love a bit of pasta? – so a recipe guide wouldn’t be complete without this much-loved classic.
- 1 tbsp Olive Oil
- 2 Chicken Breasts, (Sliced into strips)
- 2 tbsp Garlic, (Chopped)
- Salt and Pepper
- 3/4 cup thick Cream
- Grated Parmesan Cheese
- 1/4 cup Pesto
- Penne pasta (Cook before you start)
- Cherry Tomatoes (halved)
- Fresh Basil, (Chopped)
- Heat the oil in a pan over high heat. Add the garlic, chicken, salt and pepper. Cook the chicken until there is no pink. Then stir in the thick cream, parmesan and pesto until combined. Bring the mixture to boil and cook until the sauce has reduced.
- Add the pasta and cherry tomatoes, stirring until everything is evenly mixed
- Add any remaining parmesan and basil on top to serve.
Speak to Denby for more Advice about a VW Campervan
If you’re ready to start a life on the road, cooking in plenty of wonderful places and trying local recipes. You need a vehicle to get you there. That’s where one of Denby’s VW Campervans comes in! Our VW Campers when fitted with a Balmoral conversion package come with a fully functioning kitchen unit – perfect for any of the recipes listed above.
If you’d like to know more about our VW Campervans for sale or the finance packages available, please speak to a member of the Denby team today. We’ll point you in the right direction of the perfect vehicle based on your criteria.