Top 3 camping accessories 2016

awning #wedocamping

Well that was a fun staycation in Devon!

Our gearbox broke only half an hour into our journey at the crack of dawn on a hot Saturday morning and then on arrival at Woolacombe it decided to rain and rain and then rain some more. Alice must have drank half of the swimming pool one day as she was sick for a couple of days for no apparent reason and then to finish in style we took a wrong turn on our way home and got stuck in a horrendous traffic jam whilst some poor people were being cut out of their car.

Having said all of that I am still a great fan of Staycation holidays and believe that Great Britain is a beautiful place to spend time with my family.

This year our annual two weeks was spent in our caravan at Twitchen House in Woolacombe, a final trip as on our return home we sold it on to another loving family having invested in a static caravan in Birchington on Sea back in April.

Our caravan trips always involve lots of organisation and lists. Food lists, clothes lists, utensil lists and entertainment lists. I become the mother of all lists when it is holiday time and I am pleased to say, I didn’t forget a thing this year *shines own halo*.

Millets are running a fabulous campaign this year, #WeDoSummer and they invited us to take part. They would be sending through a few items to make our camping experience easier and more comfortable.

millets camping products

I spent quite some time on their website and ticked off a lot of products that would be really useful to us. I had no idea their ranges were so vast, from tents to fold away tables and from cups to moon chairs, my list grew with every click!

In the end I had to be sensible, I had to calm down my urge to buy everything they had and settle on what would be our most useful products because when you are camping or caravanning the most important thing to consider is size and weight. It must pack down small, be easy to use and not weigh too much.

Moon chairs

What a great choice these were. Millets sent through two moon chairs, a red one and a grey one each with its own carry sack which sits nicely on your shoulder as you walk from the car to the beach. We had ours in the awning, moving them outside when it wasn’t raining and I can honestly say they are the most comfortable camping chairs I have ever possessed. They quickly became the preferred chair of all members of the family, even Baxter had to be frequently turfed out.

Baxter #wedocamping

The moon chairs are made by Eurohike and are round, like the moon. You have to pull the top bar and the bottom bar in an outward fashion and the chair assembles for you and likewise for dismantling a push on the same two bars collapses the seat back to its packing state. Sturdy, comfortable and perfect for taking out on days out too.

Foldaway barbecue

Anyone who knows my husband well will know he is a passionate barbecue-er. The minute the weather perks up he wants us all to start eating food cooked by himself outside in the garden. Currently he has 4 barbecues to choose from, gas, coal, portable and various sizes for different events. He didn’t really need a new barbecue that’s for sure but what caught my eye with this model was that it folds away. It flat packs. So it takes up barely any space at all.

I was so curious to see how it performed that for once when husband mentioned ‘Shall we have a bbq tonight.’ I agreed and passed him the box with an excited glint in my eye.

foldaway bbq millets

The Outwell Portable Grill  took seconds to put together and worked perfectly for us. If He Who Barbecues has anything to say it is the grill is a bit delicate. It folds into three whereas if it were in one piece it might be sturdier because placing it over the the hot coals once they’d been stoked proved tricky and we had to use forks to straighten it onto the built in supports along the sides. However, the portable grill cooked our meat perfectly and we used it on every possible occasion we could whilst on holiday, we soon got the hang of the grill top.

Not only is this product good for camping but it will be fantastic to take on fun days out, for a beach barbie possibly.

Cooking utensils

Millets also have a fantastic cooking section where they have pots and pans, cool boxes, colanders and all sorts of cooking utensils that are perfect for camping. We enjoyed our meals with some wonderful cutlery and dad used his Campingas Barbecue Spatula to turn his burgers, steaks and sausages over during the cooking. This particular spatula is large and enables the chef to turn two burgers at a time which became dad’s thing this holiday. A very handy utensil.

So there you have it. If you are looking for some excellent products to make your camping trip even better then I would definitely recommend the above. Have fun campers!

mari gin and tonic #wedocamping

Sitting in my moon chair and drinking a gin and tonic – cheers to that!

 

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