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Camping Adventure with a twist!

The weekly routine can get a little repetitive. Sometimes it’s good to mix it up with an easy, fun mini-adventure straight after school.

Adventuring on a school night!

We’ve got a great selection of fun after-school activities on GoWildGoWest’s Mini Adventure Page.
But have you ever thought about an over-night adventure…..on a SCHOOL NIGHT!? How about taking the children on a mid-week camping trip?

Chuck a few camping essentials in the car, scoop up the kids from school and head straight to your nearest campsite. This is easy family camping; no hassle, no stress, just a lot of fun and a great break from the standard work/school/clubs, weekly routine.

family camping tents
Simple camping

Mid-Week camping: is it worth it?

A full camping trip can take some serious preparation and planning… packing the entire house, squeezing it all into the car, travelling long distances to the campsite etc etc.

Mid-week camping is totally different. Totally refreshing. Easy. No hassle. It feels like back to basics camping from a time before it all went a bit nuts with all the kit you inevitably take.

Minimal packing, minimal travel, minimal set-up at the campsite. Instead, time to relax in the evening sunshine and enjoy your adventure.

Plan your trip:

Keep it very simple. Find a campsite near you, within a 20-minute drive if possible. You may know one or google ‘campsites near me’.

Pick fair weather…. This is one of those times where you really can be fussy about the weather.. If it’s going to rain, choose another night!

Huccaby Farm
Time to paddle in the stream

Pack only the Camping Essentials

Rather than stuffing the car full, challenge yourself to take as little as possible…

  • A tent and sleeping stuff of course
  • Camping chairs (definitely not essential but I do like a good camping chair… our Vango Embrace Chair is the comfiest one I’ve found by a mile!)
  • Clean undies and school uniform for the next day
  • Lantern or torch
  • Warm jumper/coats
  • Wood for a campfire
  • Food: keep it totally simple.
  • Dinner – chose something super easy, like grilled frankfurters or halloumi in a bun, or a baked bean sandwich (yum!) Plus a pan to cook over the fire.
  • Breakfast – cereal and milk (with bowls and spoons)
  • Marshmallows
  • Wine (of course)
  • Coffee for the morning. Maybe even take a thermos of coffee which will keep warm until the morning

No campfire? Pack a campfire cooker for boiling water/cooking dinner.

If you’re looking for a full camping checklist; find one here.

camping coffee
A quick morning coffee before the school run

Head for adventure

Pack in the morning before the school run. Then after school, scoop up the kids and head straight to the campsite. Aim to be at your campsite by 4.30/5 at the latest.

Pitch up your tent and set up your beds.

Our tent (Vango Joro Air) is perfect for this adventure, loads of space for the 4 of us, plus 2 dogs and super easy to put up. We were a bit geeky and timed how long it took to get it set up…. 19 minutes!! Happy days.

Get the campfire going and relax for the evening. No chores, no homework, just good fun with the family.

camping with kids
perfect after-school adventure

In the morning, get the kids fed to avoid any hanger issues. Then work together to pack up (shouldn’t take too long as you haven’t got much stuff) and get the tent down.

Save the washing up for when you’re at home and have more time.

Then chuck everything and everyone in the car and arrive back to drop the kids straight into school and head direct to work buzzing after a night of adventure!

Featured campsites: Wookey Farm Campsite, Somerset and Huccaby Farm, Devon

Thanks to Vango for our tent and chairs. They were gifted items but I would 100% recommend them. 19 minutes to put up a family tent? – Yes please!