Discover Camperlives - family travel and lifestyle blog

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In 2019, two overworked and tired parents in their early 40s with two small boys 6 and 2 decided they needed to get more out of their lives while there is still wonder in the world for our children. Along came the knee-jerk purchase of Bolan, our Silver VW T6 Highline.

We have not looked back since and we want to share with you our adventures and things we have learnt along the way, we hope it inspires you to do the same and get the most out of life as it is indeed unpredictable and short, and children grow up very fast!


Hike: Nature walk in Bishops Waltham - Hampshire

For the many years I had lived relatively near to this place I had no idea it had such a big nature walk, nor did I know that it was home...

Book Club: Step By Step - My Life in Journeys

Like most people I found Simon Reeve on BBC travel documentaries. These programmes are so honest and at times shine a light on...

Product Review: Drawstring Make-Up Bag

I was getting really fed up rummaging through my case for various creams, make-ups and 3 different toothpastses for 3 different age...

Nature Activities: Making a Mini-Pond

Any of you that have young children will know that constant activity is required (when in the van or not!!) The age gap of my children...

Summer 2020 - Ain't no stopping us now...

Well here we are again, back in Bolan, one weekend later. We have vowed every spare time we can get we will get out and about. Now after...

Product Review: Victorinox Tomato Knife

It has taken me a year to find this little beauty, admittedly before for weekend escapes we would go somewhere then eat out, but these...

Post lockdown #thegreatescape to Dorset

Bolan, our campervan had been teasing us for what is seemed the best part of a year. As soon as we could escape we did. The family...

Campervan Cooking - Spaghetti Puttenesca

This simple but tasty pasta dish is enjoyed by all of us (just not as many olives given to the children!). Sometimes I mix it up by...

Campervan Cooking - French Baguettes

Ok, you got me! Not exactly campervan cooking but this is something I mastered in Lockdown and would be perfect to make ahead so you have...


Essential Kit

Cadac Pro Chef

This multipurpose gas BBQ comes with 4 interchangeable cooking surfaces and a pot stand as well as the pot and lid, which I find so versatile and a useful addition to the stove I already have in the van.

Citronella Flares

Not only do they prevent you being bitten but provide a lovely light around camp, partifularly if you haven't set up a campfire.

Cool Bag Rucksack

Fed up with carring a coolbag over my shoulder this has been a great purchase as we often picnic during the day.

Drawstring Make-Up Bag

A must for every gal! Fed up of rummaging around cases for toiletry items, this is my only answer and its great!

Enders Deluxe Camping Toilet

We found this is easy to keep clean and was excellent for my potting training todder as well as us adults. A total necessity during Covid-19 and will now entice us to do more wild camping

Ridgemonkey Deep Fill Sandwich Toaster

Awesome toasted snacks, possibilities are endless!

Vango Comfort 10 Double

This self inflating mattress we put on top of the rock and roll bed and in the pop top for extra comfort, no aches and pains and a comfy sleep

Victorinox Tomato Knife

Small and the only knife you will need and fits into your campervans cutlery draw.

VW Screen Wrap

Made from 600 denier fabric it is both waterproof and blackout and fits snuggly around our wing mirrors, comes with a storage back that fits neatly into our glovebox


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