Camping season is upon us, Yay! (She says trying to sound as enthusiastic as possible.)
I’m a fair weather camper, preferring home comforts to living life on the wild side and risking our great British summer weather. But I do still hanker for a long weekend away where neither myself or the boys are distracted by technology and we spend our evenings doing old school stuff like talking, playing board games, talking, nature walks, did I say talking?
So I’m not throwing the idea out of the window completely, and if I find the right equipment who knows I may even dip my toes into a holiday under canvas once again. But I do like to consider myself a fair parent, my older boys have experienced a couple of camping trips so not to deny my youngest, we’ve set up a funky VW campervan tent in our garden where we’ve spent the weekend ‘playing camping’
Luckily he has no idea that most people actually leave their house with their tents but he’s quite happy plodding around, getting cosy with our blanket collection and a rather cute sleeping bag as well as taking his lunch and snacks into his ‘van.’
The main appeal of this pop up play tent from Planet Camping is that it’s his and the rest of the giants in the house can’t dive in and out as freely as he does. It’s such a cute little thing which pops up in seconds and with the addition of a couple of poles to secure each end, it’s good to go.
When not gracing our front lawn or living room, it’s kept in it’s own little bag which is perfect for taking down the beach. We’re fortunate to live within a 10 minute walk from the nearest beach so spend lots of time down there and with the tent having UV protection it’s going to prove very popular once the weather really hots up.
With covered doors at the back and side as well as a mesh panel windscreen it feels quite spacious, my initial reaction to it claiming you could fit up 3 children to sleep inside was “where?” I guess I was thinking of kids as in my 2, 11 and 15 year olds who would rather stick needles in their eyes than spend the night within touching distance of each other but remembering that we’re quite an usual family make up with our big age gaps and that 3 key stage 1 (or below) kids would fit no problem and probably love a night in their own little tent.
It’s already a firm favourite for The Toddler and following a lunch date with my wee man playing in the tent on a sunny afternoon I’m quite tempted, pending a large enough, fully waterproofed, tent to rekindle that romantic camping vision once again
And this camping lark seems quite a nice idea!
I was sent the VW campervan children’s pop up play tent in return for this review. All words and photos are entirely my own.