Every single time I arrive home from a camping trip or from being at our van, I honestly believe there is a lot to be said for living the simple life.
We have lived for up to three weeks in our Jayco Expander, no annexe, just the van. With two double beds each at one end, and a small kitchenette/dining area, space is limited. Hubby and Ragamuffin live out of three small drawers with essential items of clothing only, with Princess and I sharing a small wardrobe. We only pack the bare minimum when we hitch on and drive off.
We have a TV with movies that only comes out when it is raining or too cold for the kids to sit outside at night with us. And to keep the kids entertained they have their bikes, colouring in books, a couple of balls, a few books, their imagination and the great outdoors. Hubby and I also carry cards, our iPads loaded with books and podcasts to keep us occupied when the kids are napping. But apart from that, those our all our belongings, fit into one small space.
Now don’t get me wrong, this not to say that sometimes we don’t cramp each other’s style…..because lets face it, that would happen whether we are at home or in our small van. But because the majority of our time is spent outside, there is always time to grab some fresh air and space to cool down.
I’m also not saying either that I want to sell my house and live in a caravan, because to be honest our house isn’t that big either. But there is a lot to be said for the amount of things we have or collect around our home. Based on our ability to live the simple life whilst camping, I have really begun to evaluate purchases made and gifts that we buy for our children. Living the simple life, living our own version of a simple life is now forever in mind.