Discover Camperlives - family travel and lifestyle blog

Spark your imagination

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!


New Year in Bridport

Twice we have done this once for my husbands sisters 30th and again for my other sister-in-laws 40th, and there is something cathartic...

Day Trip: Bombay Sapphire Tour in Laverstoke

Its my mum's 70th and so I surprised her with a tour of Bombay Sapphire in Laverstoke for her birthday. We were lucky that our menfolk...

Summer Break in Norfolk

Breaking the habit of a lifetime we decided to holiday in the East of England for a change. We picked Norfolk as there were a few family...

Glamping and punting in Oxford

Myself and some of my best mum pals treated ourselves for a overnight escape from 'mumness' glamping in Oxford. We set out early so we...

Dad and lad bonding trip in Swanage

We became very aware after having our eldest for 4 years prior to another baby in the house that a lot of focus is shifted and my eldest...

Weekend Escape to the Seaside

After a couple of forest camps we were now itching to get beside the Sea. I had never been to Durdle Door before so we splashed out a bit...

Weekend Camp in the New Forest

After our little maiden jaunt we were ready for a two-dayer. We picked Hollands Park Campsite in the new forest purely based on the...

The Maiden Voyage!

To dip our toe into this water with our young family we decided on one overnighter to the edge of the New Forest, so if it all went...

The Pre-Maiden Voyage to go Castle Spotting

Ok, this is not officially a camp, but we bought Bolan and already had this air bnb booked as once a year I take my mum away on a jaunt...

Romantic getaway for my 40th in Bath

I will be honest, I was not looking forward to my 40th, I had a 2 year old who I was still breastfeeding and wasn't a brilliant sleeper...

France 2018 - Part One Brittany

This year we went away with some friends who had a Camper Van, one could say this set us off dreaming at how brilliant it would be to own...

France 2017 - Camping at Les Ormes in Brittany

This was our first holiday with our 5 month old and felt a bit daunting now with our 4 year old, but when Granny suggested a family...

Husband's 40th treat to The Pig in Brockenhurst

Poor husband, the timing of his birthday was not great as we had an 8-week old, but not to be deterred, I decided on taking him to lunch...

Punting on the beautiful River Cam in Cambridge

This was an very strange impromptu trip for us. Meningitis B vaccines have just be made law for children of a certain age but ours missed...


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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