I love a weekend break in the middle of the school term, it kind of makes me feel I’m still in the summer holidays. Normally it doesn’t matter where I am going so long as I am surrounded by my favourite people then I’m happy.
Of course there’s a lot of preparation that needs considering even if it’s just a weekend as nothing is worse than arriving at your destination and thinking ‘Damn, I’ve forgotten the ….’ insert item.
I have a great downloadable list of everything you need to take away for your caravan holiday that’s well worth taking note of if you’re self catering but for weekenders I tend to break the planning into smaller more manageable bits and that is how I tackle it.
Car – I’ll need maps, directions, Sat Nav and water & snacks if we’re going to be in the car a long time. I’ll also make sure I have DVDs for the girls to watch and their LeapPads or other device for them to play games on.
Flight – Back pack for each of the girls including, toys/tablet, a book and a teddy
I start with pyjamas and underwear. I look at the weather forecast to see what kind of clothes I will need and pack clean clothes for each day. I will then add a jumper or cardigan, a pair of trousers extra and shoes.
Toiletries – Including a small first aid kit with Calpol, plasters, bite relief and cough syrup for the little ones, Nurofen for me and dad just in case.
Shoes – Depends on the weather and activities but can include anything from flip flops to wellington boots.
Coats or jackets as the weather demands.
Pre holiday planning
Now I don’t like to ruin a holiday or weekend break with tight schedules but I also don’t like to arrive knowing nothing so on the run up to the break I will most likely be on the computer searching for information on the area and clues on what to do for all members of the family. Again it’s always worth taking into consideration all weathers so you have alternatives for rainy days.
If I’m going to a new area I will also search for information on what typical products come from the area, food and drink as husband and I do like to try new things but also handmade goods, or particular items that the area is well known for, like chocolate from Belgium or pasties from Cornwall or leather from Spain.
Another idea I’m quite interested in is the Meet and Greet service offered at various airports up and down the country as it’s an enormous time saver and a great way to start your holiday. Purple Parking have some excellent travel advice that’s worth a quick look if you are planning a break this autumn.
Have you ever used the Meet and Greet services? If so was it an enjoyable experience?