Embarking on a motorhome adventure with your family is an exciting experience, and for mums who are often the chief organisers, having a well planned and easy to grab capsule wardrobe can make the journey even more enjoyable. When traveling in a motorhome, especially with outdoor activities like hiking, swimming, and biking with kids on the agenda, practicality needs to match style in the ultimate mum’s capsule wardrobe.
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A lightweight, breathable jacket for unexpected weather changes during outdoor activities. It can be really useful to have a jacket with a removeable fleece lining if you are on the road in all seasons. Alternatively, if your current jacket is not waterproof simply get yourself a poncho for throwing over the top of you if it rains.
Swimsuit (1-2) [if desirable a wet suit]:
Quick drying swimsuits or swimming tops, and if necessary a wet suit, can be great for impromptu dips in scenic lakes, the sea or campsite pools. I prefer a long sleeve swim suit for days on the beach as then I don’t have to worry about suncream.
Moisture-Wicking Tops (3-4):
Versatile tops for layering and staying comfortable during various outdoor adventures. I usually pack a couple of short sleeved and a couple of long.
Convertible Hiking Trousers (2 pairs):
Practical trousers that can transform into shorts, perfect for hiking and biking.
Performance Leggings (2 pairs):
Stylish yet functional leggings for biking and cooler evenings.
Quick-Drying Shorts (2 pairs):
Comfortable shorts for casual activities and hot days on the road.
Hiking Socks (2-3 pairs):
A good quality pair of hiking socks can make all the difference when you are out climbing for the day. Invest in a reputable brand and take a couple of pairs.
Sturdy Hiking Boots:
Supportive and comfortable boots suitable for hiking trails and exploring nature.
Adjustable Hiking Sticks:
I only added these to my list last year and they made a massive difference to me being comfortable coming down off mountains with children either on my back or by the hand.
These are certainly not an essential and I didn’t have them for the first couple of years when we travelled in the motorhome. They are ideal for beach activities especially rock pooling as they protect your feet from sharp rocks or hot surfaces.
Comfortable sandals for casual strolls and warmer days. Make sure these are not flip flops as those can be dangerous when you are on a hike. However, if you have room flip flops can be handy for using the campsite showers.
I always like to pack my trainers as that gives me an alternative to walking boots if it’s not suitable weather for sandals and if I am doing some exercise or even a town walk I prefer trainers over boots.
Either a Wide-brimmed hat or a baseball cap for sun protection during outdoor activities and a wooly hat for the evenings or during trips at cooler times of the year.
UV-protected sunglasses for eye safety during sunny days.
Not an essential item but one I added to my packing list in recent years is the Camelbak Hydration Pack. I loved these for biking trips when I was younger but they are also great for hiking and even just days out with kids who are always thirsty. A Compact hydration pack for hands-free water access during hikes and bike rides.
Backpack [child carrier or day sack]:
When I have had a child that may require carrying I always pack either a baby carrier or a back carrier rucksack but when I don’t need to carry anyone I use a small to medium day backpack for carrying essentials during trips.
I transitioned from a handbag to a bum bag many years ago and honestly it is one of the handiest changes I ever made as I no longer worry about having a bag hanging on my shoulder and I have all my essentials to hand as well as two free hands.
Lightweight and absorbent towel for post-activity freshness.
Casual Tops (2-3):
Comfortable and stylish tops for leisurely moments around the motorhome.
Comfy Bottoms (2 pairs):
I normally pack one pair of jeans and one pair of good leggings for relaxation after a day of activities and for occasions when we go out to eat and I want to wear something other than my hiking gear.
Cozy Sweater or Jacket:
Something to throw on you in the evening around the camp fire or BBQ that is not your walking coat can be handy. I like to pack a lightweight zip up training jacket but a fleece or cardigan can be just as useful.
Creating the perfect mum’s capsule wardrobe for a motorhome adventure involves striking a balance between style and functionality. With a carefully selected array of outdoor essentials, practical accessories, and comfortable leisurewear, mums can effortlessly transition from hiking trails to cozy evenings by the motorhome. So, pack light, stay stylish, and savor every moment of your family’s motorhome escapade!