Readers of my blog will probably know three things about my little family – we love spending time outdoors, we embrace the unexpected and we are always up for a fun and exciting challenge so when TK Maxx asked us to pop in store last week and check out their latest delivery of outdoor equipment and make this bank holiday an adventurous one, we jumped at the chance.
I have been both a fan and customer of TK Maxx for many years as I love that you never know what you’re going to find and you have to approach any shopping trip like a treasure hunt and allow yourself to be open to the idea of Ridiculous Possibilities. The great thing is the stock is always changing as each store gets several deliveries throughout the week. What we picked up last week would be completely different from what’s in store today, so if you see something you love, grab it because once it's gone, it's gone and I have made that mistake more than once in my life.
We had not been told exactly what the outdoor world range would consist of except that it could be anything from tents to hiking and biking equipment and even paddle boards, so I was very pleasantly surprised to see how much specialist and outdoor tech equipment they had, including binoculars and multi tools to camping hammocks, waterproof bags and high-end outdoor clothing.
|Setting up camp in the middle of the forest amount blue bless and wild garlic|
We wanted to pick up things that would be useful to us as a family, especially as my eldest loves nothing more than a day spent in the woods pretending to be Bear Grylls. So we filled up our trolley with water bottles, thermal mugs, a storm shelter and pop-up tent, a new camping stove (as ours has seen better days), a high tech waterproof bag and outdoor jacket, sleeping bag liners, an all-weather lamp, small camping stool, a waterproof picnic blanket and an array of other bits and bobs which would make any weekend away under canvas more comfortable.
As soon as we got home, my eldest could hardly keep his excitement under control and luckily despite most of the bank holiday being a washout we managed to spend a couple of ours hiking up into the woods and setting up a little day camp. We have camped in a variety of places, from festival s to open fields and clifftop pitches although never deep within the woods and even though we decided to do a day camp rather than overnight we used this mini expedition to scout out the area for a bigger trip in summer.
|Scouting for the perfect place to pitch|
|Taking a break with a cup of Coco|
Once we found a good spot to set up camp near some bluebells and wild garlic, our 5yr old who has been helping me put up tents since he was 18months old got straight to work with the pop-up, which is by far the easiest and quickest way to get a tent or simply a rain shelter up and is perfect for younger children to have a go on their own. We spent most of the afternoon just collecting sticks, looking for bugs, running around and coming across some wooden dens, as well as taking a break to make a few cups of warm coco.
There is nothing better than the simple pleasure of spending time outdoors in nature with your family, free away from the distraction of technology or toys and even though we spent hours here would could of easily stayed much longer without the kids enthusiasm waning or getting bored. The only advice that I have is that you pack appropriately, tell somewhere where you are going if you plan to go off track, make sure you take enough water and invest in decent equipment but with prices at TK Maxx always at up to 60% less than RRP it’s a great place to start.
The Outdoor World event is only available in selected stores, so find your nearest store and head down to TK Maxx.