What are your considerations when choosing gear?
It needs to be easy to put up − and light. The first time we indulged in festival camping we took the biggest tent and had to wait about two hours to borrow a wagon just to get it to the site. It was a nightmare. These days, it’s all about keeping our kit as streamlined as possible, whilst indulging in a few creature comforts.
What cannot you do without when camping?
For me, our kitchen unit is a major consideration. Not only does it elevate our cooker to make for a safer cooking experience but it gives us somewhere to store our food and kitchenware which seems to help keep sanity levels all around. I also love our camp beds which keep us warmer because we’re not on the ground plus, with the elevation, we can store bags underneath. For me to relax and enjoy the experience I need a tidy tent so I’m all about the storage solutions.
What is your family luxury?
Our own pillows. It makes such a difference to our sleeping and makes the car ride more cosy. No matter where you are in the world, everyone sleeps better with the smell and familiarity of something from home.
What do your children enjoy most about outdoor life and camping?
We always go armed with gymnastic ribbons, hoops and outdoor games, for the full hippy experience. I think they just love the amount of time they get to spend outside. Plus the level of quality time we end up having as a family is like nothing else. Through my blog we’re lucky to get to road test some phenomenal family holidays but the kids always cite our camping trips as among their favourite holidays.
What advice would you offer other family campers?
Be realistic about where you’re camping. If you’re camping in the UK make sure you have enough space in your tent to live if (and when) the heavens open. If you’ve never been before, I’d suggest starting with a spot of glamping. We go to the Safari Tents at Gullivers sometimes when I’m combining presenting Heart Breakfast with school holidays. Being near the studio is key for me and having a proper bed ahead of a 4am start is quite helpful. My other tips would be if you’re camping at a festival be sure to hoist a flag high above your tent on an aerial to help you find your way ‘home’ in the crowds. Solar lighting always helps you spot your tent while getting admiring looks from passersby. ‘Tent Pimping’, as I call it, seems to be a bit of a thing so make sure you're representing your gang well. And, finally, a toilet to have in your tent for child emergencies is a MUST! Trust me − at midnight you’ll be grateful!
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