You don’t have to fly abroad this summer to have a holiday to remember. UK caravan holidays are a traditional British favourite and are perfect for those on a budget. If sleeping in a tent isn’t really your thing, then a caravan break might be for you. Some people choose to turn their caravans into miniature ‘home from homes’ with luxury items like satellite televisions and purpose-built bathroom suites. Others prefer to have a more rustic experience. Your style of caravanning will depend on your personal taste and the amount you can afford to spend on the holiday.
The first thing you need to think about is where you want to have your caravan holiday. The UK is home to some stunning locations: Cornwall, Devon, Norfolk and the Lake District remain popular choices for holiday makers. If you’re travelling with young children, make sure that you choose somewhere that offers activities and events for kids, or is on the coast so that they can spend their time playing in the sand and sea. If it’s your first time on a caravan holiday, you may prefer to rent a caravan so you can see whether the experience is right for you and your family. Those who have previously enjoyed caravan holidays should consider investing. If you buy your own, you stand to save a great deal of money in the long run.
Remember that even if you’re renting a caravan, they may not provide essentials like bed linen. Ring your provider and ask these questions before you start packing, so that you don’t turn up without certain basics. Caravans may be warm during the day, but they lose their heat very quickly at night. A small heater can make all the difference on chilly evenings. When you arrive at the campsite, you’ll probably want a cup of tea after a long drive. Come prepared with tea bags, coffee and a carton of long life milk. In case of poor weather, make sure that you have plenty of books, games, DVDs and music. The kids will appreciate the puzzle books and toys you’ve packed if they are confined to the caravan because it is raining outside.
A caravan is much easier to break into than a house, so make sure that you take valuables like mobile phones with you during the day. There’s no need to be overly cautious, but remember that your best jewellery and most pricey gadgets probably aren’t needed on a caravanning holiday, so it might be wise to leave them at home. Don’t leave large amounts of cash in your caravan and store wallets and handbags out of sight.