Our first trip in Bonnie has been so exciting and a steep learning curve for campervan novices.
We loved every moment with Bonnie and we thought to share our first experience and some tips.
Here we go!
Tip #1 Pack light!
As we have a toddler, packing light is not easy, so after this trip we decided to purchase a roof box which will give our campervan clients extra storage. Idea if you have buggies and lots of nappies!
Our drive to Melrose Campsite, was quick and easy from Edinburgh. Around 45 mins. Turns out we picked the perfect place for our first night away. Melrose campsite is clean, well run and friendly. Importantly for us, there was a playpark right next door! Melrose as a town is perfect for a day of coffees, shopping and a nice lunch!
As I crossed the campsite in the evening with the starry skies and fresh air hitting my face, I had a strong sense of feeling alive and present. I felt like a kid again and happy memories of childhood holidays came flooding back. Research is beginning to show that there are real benefits to camping in terms of our mental health and this is a topic I’d like to look into a little more for a future blog. Indeed as I flicked through a copy of Psychologies Spring 2109, @PsychologiesMag comfortably lying in the pop up campervan roof,a statistic jumped out at me – ‘93% of regular campers say that a break under canvas makes them happier’.
Tip #2 Camping is good for the soul and mental health!
Our first night was comfortable, the campervan is super cosy on the ground floor as the heating can crank right up. Our toddler Lewis and hubby Sean slept soundly downstairs. I was sleeping in the pop up and as it was still April, it was slightly cooler up there. We will always advise our guests that the pop up is great in good weather but for cooler nights in Winter and Spring, if you are using it, best have extra layers for night.
Tip #3 Bring extra layers if the weather is still cool for night-time and for using the campsite facilities at night.
The next day we explored Melrose, and what a divine town it is. We didn’t have time to explore the many historical sites such as Melrose Abby but Melrose we will be back! We mainly pottered about the lovely shops, in particular and antique shop. Michael Vee Design, were we bought a nice retro lamp and a great charity shop which was more like a vintage clothes shop! We had a delicious lunch at Provender, my risotto was pack full of fresh spring flavours and Sean had lovely haddock and chips. Lewis ate all his pasta!
I bought some amazing jewellery finlaymackaydesign.com and natural oil reeds essentialspirit.co.uk at the crafters.co.uk, a shop full of locally made crafts such as knitwear, arts and ceramics.
Tip 4# A nice campsite makes all the difference - choose wisely
The facilities at Melrose were top notch which, if like me you are fussy about where you shower, it can make or break a shower. Our second campsite, a few days later was not so good and I couldn’t even use the showers!
Over the next few weeks, as friends of TEA and the TEA team road test the Van we will give our recommendations and hope our clients can too!
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