(With your family!)
Embarking on a campervan adventure with your family is an exhilarating experience that promises freedom, flexibility, and a unique connection with the great outdoors. Whether you’re a seasoned road trip enthusiast or a first-time camper, there’s something magical about hitting the open road with your loved ones. In this guide, we’ll explore our top 10 things to do in a campervan, with your family, giving you some ideas and activities to make your campervan journey a memorable one, whilst creating bonds with your family that you will never forget.
Chase the Sunset:
One of the most enchanting aspects of campervan life is the ability to chase the setting sun. Find a picturesque spot, set up camp, and gather around the fire as the sky transforms into a canvas of stars. Share stories, roast marshmallows, even get the guitar out (!), and relish the simplicity of life on the road. We always try and chose our pitch with the view of the sunset in mind.
Cooking is high on my list of the top 10 things to do in a campervan. Turn your campervan into a mobile kitchen and experiment with campfire cooking. From classic campfire recipes to creative culinary concoctions, cooking in the great outdoors adds a tasty dimension to your journey. Involve the entire family in meal preparation and savour the fruits of your collective efforts under the stars.
Campervan trips often take you to regions teeming with diverse wildlife. Bring along binoculars and a wildlife guidebook to identify the various species you encounter. Whether it’s birds, mammals, or marine life, observing nature in its natural habitat is fascinating, and who knows, you may discover a new hobby!
Outdoor Movie Nights:
Transform the side of your campervan into a makeshift outdoor theatre. Set up a projector (from your mobile phone or laptop), hang a sheet, and enjoy movie nights under the vast sky. Bring cosy blankets, pillows, and some popcorn for an unforgettable cinematic experience amidst nature. (Headphones may be required on a campsite of course, but we managed it quite comfortably in the corner of a quiet field, and didn’t disturb anyone!).
Escape the city lights and revel in the brilliance of a starlit night. Stargazing is a serene and awe-inspiring activity that connects you with the cosmos. Bring a telescope if you have one, and let the family marvel at the constellations, planets, and shooting stars illuminating the night sky. This can be done all year round but is great with a mug of hot chocolate and a crisp winter’s sky.
Take advantage of the diverse landscapes you encounter during your campervan journey. Whether it’s mountain biking, kayaking, hiking, or paddleboarding, engage in adrenaline-pumping activities that add a dash of thrill to your trip. Many campsites are strategically located near outdoor adventure hubs, making it easy to explore and experience new activities. A bit of research before you arrive could give you a heads-up on what’s available in your vicinity.
Unplug from the virtual world and embrace a digital detox during your campervan escapade. Spend quality time with your family, engage in face-to-face conversations, and relish the simplicity of life without constant notifications. Encourage board games, storytelling, or a game of football, things that are often overlooked in our hyperconnected lives.
Capture the essence of your journey through the lens of a camera. Document the scenic landscapes, candid family moments, and the quirky roadside attractions. Not only does photography provide a tangible memory, but it also encourages creativity and a unique perspective on your travels.
Explore local cultures and traditions as you navigate through different regions. Visit local markets, attend festivals, and interact with the communities you encounter. Immerse yourselves in the rich tapestry of lifestyles, and let the experiences shape your understanding of the world.
Journaling and Reflection:
Allocate time for personal reflection and journaling. Document your thoughts, feelings, and the highlights of each day. Encourage family members to share their perspectives, creating a collective journal that serves as a cherished memento of your campervan adventure. Take a scrapbook or folder to keep those ticket stubs and flyers in. We’ve got some odd things in our memory book, but which make us smile every time we come across them and remind us of that time we…. [insert your own silly thing here!].
So that’s our list of the top 10 things to do in a campervan, with your family!
A campervan journey with your family is not just a holiday; it’s an opportunity to bond, explore, and create lasting memories. Whether you’re traversing mountainous terrains, cruising along coastal roads, or navigating through charming countryside, the key is to savour every moment and embrace the spontaneity that comes with life on the road. Even the most challenging of times make us look back and smile. ‘Remember that time we got lost and that farmer shouted at us, but then gave us some horrible home-made wine from his barn’.
So, pack your bags, hit the open road, and let the campervan adventure of a lifetime begin!