Geocaching by campervan

Campervans have got to be the best way to get around and see as much as possible of a country without having to spend hours and hours travelling backwards and forwards from a ‘home’ base. The main reason for that being that your base travels with you wherever you are.

When you’re done for the day, you pop up your roof tent and settle down for a nice meal cooked on your campervan’s built in stove, have a refreshing drink straight out of the fridge, all without the need to ‘return to base’. After a good night’s rest in the luxury of your own camper you can be up in the morning and head on to your next destination and repeat the process, exploring the world to your heart’s content.

Now this is a great opportunity for the interpid explorer but there are many other reasons to keep exploring further and further afield rather than sitting on a campsite. One great use of using a campervan as a holiday home, is to go geocaching…

Geocaching….What’s that?” I hear you say.

Check out this short introduction video to find out a bit about this great new activity that’s fun and exciting for everyone in your family whatever their age.

With over 2 million geocaches now active worldwide, and hundreds of thousands of caches to be found across the UK and Europe at large, you could travel around for months and still have plenty of new and exciting caches to find.

The picture below shows just a few of the geocaches hidden across the UK.

Geocaching  Map of Southern England!

To see if there’s any near you why not visit www.geogaching.com, it’s free to sign up.

Go Climbing in your Campervan

A customer came to us recently looking for a basic conversion of a van which she wanted to use primarily as a base for going rock climbing in Wales.

Here’s a few photos of what we did to a standard Vauxhall Vivaro to turn it into a small, but comfortable base from which to get around those Welsh crags.

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This is the base vehicle, as you can see we haven’t done anything too special to the basic van apart from adding windows all around so that our customer can enjoy the view. We did offer to put a pop-top on, but the customer didn’t need it (as her plan wasn’t to spend lots of time in it).

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Showing off the interior decor of the campervan, with plenty of room to relax and enjoy a cuppa after a hard climb.

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The cooking facilities, with integrated running water means there’s no need for that long trek back to a motel just for a nice cuppa!

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The all important rock and roll bed. Avoiding the epic of trying to drive home exhausted after a long day at the crag, in this van you can sleep at the crag ready to go again in the morning, or have a snooze in the back, during a break on the journey home.

(Photography by Sussex Wedding and Studio Photographer Alex White)

10 Great Things to Keep Your Family Entertained in Your Campervan on a Rainy Day

 Rainy day? – No such thing, we prefer to call it liquid sunshine, which also means we see no reason not to still have lots of outdoors fun in your camper on a grey day.  We put together a little list of activities we’re planning with our families next time it rains…..

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1. We love playing silent interviews. In pairs and more importantly without speaking (yes, that includes whispering and mouthing too!) one person has to mime three interesting things about themselves. Once everyone has mimed it’s time to share with everyone else what the findings were – and of course have a giggle at the mime translations!

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2. You can’t beat a good old fashioned board game, we always make sure we have stash along with a couple of puzzles and a deck of cards.  Some of our must have games are connect4, boggle and the iconic snakes and ladders.

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3. We Love a story bag, which has to be packed with the right bits and pieces before setting off on the trip. Our glittery colourful bag is full of small toys and trinkets. One person gets to start by picking an item out of the bag and coming up with the first bit of a story based on that item. Then when they’ve finished they pass the bag on to the next person who picks another item out and shapes the story around that. You get the idea. It’s creative, brain taxing, gets the whole family involved and best of all its free as it is made from an old bag and bits and bobs just lying around at home. The only thing you need to add is your imagination!

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4.Spot the difference is a great game for young children and adults alike, whilst harnessing their concentration skills for a good hour or so. Either sketch out your own pics or use a table of small items found around the camper, then with their eye firmly shut (always double check!) whip one away.

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5. Dare we say it, go for a walk! Get togged up in your macs, wet weather gear and wellies and head outside for a fun, revitalising walk in the rain. Children will adore splashing in the puddles!

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6. After your wet walk, why not try cooking up a bit of a storm in your campers kitchen, get some wholesome camper cooked food inside your littlies – Marmite pasts is a firm favourite with our little ones –  check out Nigella’s recipe here! Trust me – it’s great!

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7. How about making a little keepsake of your rainy day – friendship bracelets. A current favourite which is quite cheap (or entirely free if you have lots of embroidery thread loitering around) is making friendship bracelets.  Not sure how to make them? Try this quick Youtube tutorial.

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8. Unpack a “Rainy Day Survival Kit”.  We keep a box with an assortment of nic-nacs and bits’n’bobs, let their imaginations run wild. In our box we have rubber bands, balloons, markers, paper, string, paperclips, sellotape and much more!

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9. A rainy day must have is hot chocolate, settle down in your camper with a warm mug of cocoa and some marshmallows, guaranteed to keep kids of all ages content!

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10. With your cup of hot choc in hand, grab a family favourite book and nestle in for story time.
As always, we’d love to have your Rainy Days in a Camper suggestions upload your pics and stories on our Face Book Page here or to our Twitter here.