With an estimated nine million people hitting the road to stay in static caravans at the start of the summer holidays every year, there will always be the question of what to pack to make your trip away an easy one. If you’re one of the many people heading to some of the country’s beautiful holiday parks this year, then these tips and tricks are sure to help.
- Use soft bags instead of suitcases. Suitcases can often take up too much space both in the car and when stored away in the caravan. Soft bags are much easier to store; they can be easily squashed down, rolled up and put away without taking up too much room.
- Don’t waste your money buying travel sized toiletries. When spending your time in a static caravan, it is important to feel at home so simply take toiletries you are already using, but to save the chance of spilling in your bags all over your best clothes, simply wrap cling film under the bottle lids and store in a zip lock bag.
- Take a power strip and/or portable chargers. There is nothing worse than going to take the perfect family photo only to see your battery has gone flat. With a power strip and a portable charger, you will never miss out on fondly looking back at those memories.
- Pack a small bag for travel essentials. Ensure you never go without by storing water, snacks, chargers and even a mini first aid kit should you need it.
- If you plan on going to the beach, but don’t want to be separated from your valuables, clean out an empty sun cream bottle to store them in there to deter any potential thefts.
- When it comes to children, take a tablet or laptop stocked up with their favourite films and tv shows for the long journey. Packing a bag filled with colouring books, stickers, crayons and magnetic board games will also be a big hit; the entertainment will make the journey fly by and before they know it, your family holiday can begin.
- Microfibre towels dry areas much faster than regular towels. It is always best to keep a few handy should you need to clean up any accidental spills – the quicker the mess is cleaned, the quicker you can get back to enjoying your park holiday.
- Dirty shoe baskets are essential. There is nothing worse than cleaning your static caravan only to have the floor covered in dirt a mere ten minutes later. Place a basket or shoe rack by the door for all of those dirty shoes. Alternatively, shower caps or plastic bags can be used to cover them up if you need a quick run around the caravan.
- You may decide to take your dog to one of our pet friendly parks. We all know dogs have a mind of their own and tend to jump in lakes or rivers to cool down, which can leave a strong smell in the air. Be sure to take a towel to dry them off and for an extra touch, rub your dog with a dryer sheet to get rid of the odours.
When Eating and Drinking…
- There is no need for ice packs in cool boxes – they often take up more room than necessary. Instead, freeze bottled water to keep them cool and can also act as ice packs to keep other foods and drinks cool during day trips out of your caravan. To keep condensation from getting everything in the box wet, wrap the bottles in a paper towel.
- Plan snacks ahead of time to avoid carrying a bag full of food that won’t be touched. Planning ahead will save money and will avoid wasting snacks that can be eaten at a later date instead.
- If you decide to cook while visiting our holiday homes, herbs, spices and seasoning are crucial. However, it can be a waste of space in your luggage to bring along a whole spice rack when realistically it won’t all be used. Before leaving for your summer holiday, try to create your own mix of herbs and spices to bring along in pill boxes for easy access; space will be saved, and you are sure you use it all up.
Make the most of your static caravan holiday by taking into account these tips and tricks so you can get the experience you deserve.