what to take on a caravan holiday free list to download

Our caravan holiday to France is now coming fast and my mind is constantly going over all the things I need to think about and pack to make sure our holiday is as thought free as possible. What to take on a caravan holiday?

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So I have prepared a What to Take list that I can use over and over again. I guess there maybe many more out there going on caravan holidays or self catering holidays where you have to think of EVERYTHING so hopefully this will  be an easy downloadable that you can print off and tick as you pack.

Self catering and caravan holiday checklist

I start my packing from the initial car journey as often with a caravan or self catering holiday the journey to get there can be long and tiring so it’s important that the children are kept amused and the driver watered and fed. You do not want to disembark the Eurochannel train or ferry on the continent to discover your map and route directions are packed in the suitcase under all the bags – right?

A little forward planning and you’ll be happily on your way and prepared for any traffic jams should there be any.

Car journey

  • Picnic – Breakfast snacks, lunch and afternoon snacks. How long is your journey
  • DVD/CD, Games for consoles for the younger people
  • Toys and books for the kids
  • Water
  • Map and ferry/tunnel tickets if going abroad
  • Car insurance details, breakdown info, driving license and green card if travelling abroad
  • Passports

Bedroom

My thoughts turn to sleeping arrangements next, many self catering homes allow you to book online their bed linen if they don’t you need sheets for each bed and pillow cases. If camping or caravanning you’ll need sleeping bags and pillows too.

Bathroom

  • Hand towel
  • Toiletries
  • Towels
  • Again sometimes towels are provided with the bed linen but should you wish to save on this expense they need packing too

You might also want to think about toilet roll, self catering holidays will usually provide one and frequently onsite shops are more expensive.

Kitchen

Again, these few products will save you money on your first shop onsite and are products often picked up at supermarkets as BOGOF or on special offer

  • Washing up liquid, sponges, scourer
  • Tea towels. If you buy one onsite it won’t dry properly as hasn’t been washed.
  • Aluminium foil, cling film – foil is great if you use the grill adn don’t want to wash it and cling film if you’re in the habit of keeping leftovers for another day.
  • Kitchen roll – not essential
  • Multi use cleaning product. Choose one that covers everything
  • Mugs – because so often when I go away they have little cups or tiny mugs that just aren’t good enough for my morning tea, I now take my own

Welcome Pack

Another great package that can be brought online but for happy campers who may have a bad journey, arrive when the shop has shut and have nothing, it might be worth thinking of the following essentials that will get you through first night and first breakfast until you can get to the shops

  • Milk, butter
  • Tea, sugar, coffee, wine, beer, juice
  • salt and pepper, brown sauce, tomato sauce, oil
  • bread, cereal

Laundry

One way of reducing the amount of cases you take is to wash clothes during the holiday, for one or two washes it’s often not worth buying large amounts so a couple of washing tabs, a small bottle of fabric conditioner and pegs can be a great money saver. You’d be amazed that you can never find pegs in self catering flats. I always take a large bag for collecting the dirty washing which doubles up on transporting it to the laundry when I’m ready to wash, if you take a strong one it will also do for bringing the heavier wet washing back once washed.

First Aid

There will normally be an onsite doctor for anything that needs seeing to but essentials you might want to think about are: Plasters, disinfectant, pain killers, insect bite repellent and antiseptic cream in case of bites, Calpol for the children

Activities

Swimming bags and separate towels, will the children need trainers to join in the onsite football game or play tennis? do you want to take a couple of outdoor games to keep them amused or even indoor games should the weather be bed? A pack of cards?

Extras

Chargers for phones, cameras, iPods and consoles. A docking station for music. Torch. BBQ. Heater depending on the time of year and waterproof jackets and possibly boots too

My list can be added to and you can download it by clicking on this link here and printing it off for yourself – tick as you go and save it to your computer for the next time and

Happy holidays!

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what to take on a caravan holiday - free list to download

We are really looking forward to this year’s holiday in our caravan, we’re towing her over to France and setting up home for 3 weeks in Normandy, sun, sea, sand and family fun. After our week in Woolacombe earlier in the year we haven’t had a chance to use her since, first there was the bad weather and then an amazingly busy calendar that only now has started to slow down a bit.

We were all booked up to go this weekend and then torrential rains were predicted overnight so we had to cancel which is a real shame as OLPRO has sent through some gorgeous products to try out including this beautiful windbreaker which breaks away from the normal stripes and gives a bit of glamp to the camp don’t you think?

Windbreakers for camping and caravans

olpro windbreak

Gorgeous isn’t it? I can’t wait to put it up. OLPRO WITLEY 7 POLE WINDBREAK currently selling at the reduced price of £44.99

What we usually do is attach the awning to the caravan and leave some outside space for bbq’s in the evening and sunbathing/reading/relaxing; it’s nice to cut off the curious passers by with a screen and this will do the job perfectly! It’s very tall too. I mustn’t forget to add the mallet to my list to bang it into the ground.

Melamine sets for camping and caravans

They also sent along a practical but beautiful melamine set of plates, bowls and mugs.

olpro melamine dining set

 

OLPRO 16 PIECE BERROW HILL MELAMINE SET currently selling at the reduced price of £33.99

As we had to cancel our camping this weekend but still had a good day Saturday we decided to try out the service and it works wonderfully, I love the fun design and the bright colours, please excuse the scarred burger that dad may have left on a little too long. It’s also appealing to the children which makes mealtimes so much easier.

olpro melamine sets

In fact OLRPO have pages of great camping and caravanning accessories that can help your experience go that one step higher and making sure you get the most out of your adventure.

Worcestershire-based OLPRO spotted a gap in the market and has developed a coordinated glamping range for families who want stylish products coupled with a high technical spec.
Included within the range are three different-sized tents that sleep 3, 6 or 8 people respectively. Easy-to-erect, the tents are so waterproof, you could put them up in 5 metres of water (heaven knows why you’d want to) and they’d still not leak.
OLPRO have created mix-and-match melamine table wear, sleeping bags in two funky designs to co-ordinate with their tents and windbreaks.

For more information head over to Olpro and check out their great sleeping bags, dining services and much more

Disclosure: I was sent the above products to review and I’m very happy with them, all thoughts are my own and look out for photos post holiday to see them in proper action, in fact I liked OLPRO so much I’m ordering a new breathable groundsheet from them ;)

sandy balls - new forest

This is one of the Sandy Balls giving the site it’s name

It was only a month ago that we last took our caravan out for a weekend break and now it’s all been ‘wintered’ and sits outside our home with her winter jacket on.

One month ago we were in Sandy Balls *snigger* I know we all chuckle at that name and I discovered there is a reason for the name too, look at the photo here –>

Sandy Balls is to the west of the New Forest and it really is easy to get to, even towing a caravan. In fact as you come off the motorway, you’re already in the midst of nature but don’t be surprised to get caught in a traffic jam because some cows have stopped in the middle of the road and don’t particularly feel like moving.

Our journey across the forest was one through chocolate box villages with wild horses nibbling on the flowers over the garden walls, I so wish I’d had my camera handy.

Sandy Balls is the most expensive place we’ve camped in our 6 week stint coming in at £35.00 a night (as opposed to £20 – 25 previously) but it was worth it for the position and the convenience of having your own personal drain for grey water and a tap for fresh water on your pitch.

I used the Panasonic V700 camcorder to take a few shots whilst I was there and discovered it has this amazing feature that connects all your shots taken and adds music underneath – take a look it’s amazing and saves a whole lot of editing.

The site is set by the River Avon and is quite hilly so perfect for nature trails and walks in the fresh air. See our ‘boats game in the photo below? There is also a fabulous centre with a shop, a pizzeria and a pub which also serves food.

sandy balls new forest

The two swimming pools are very well looked after, one indoors the other outdoors and there is a soft play area plus two excellent parks for children to play in.

The beauty of Sandy Balls is you can choose from various types of accommodation if you don’t want to camp. The most superior being a Vista lodge which are currently being sold off in 8 week periods for around £35.000 for a 15 year contract. *sigh* The view is simply breathtaking and they’ve been furnished to a very high standard, I smiled on seeing Other Half had brought home a brochure with him.

sandy balls new forest

Of course you can choose a mobile home, a cabin lodge or a tent, whichever takes your fancy but trust me you will have a wonderful time and I can’t wait to return

We spent two nights in September and although it wasn’t cold it wasn’t hot either, jackets, cardigans and welly boots were the perfect attire to enjoy this fabulous resort to the hilt.

sandy balls new forest

I’d love to go back one day and try a log cabin. Actually I’d love to go back one day and try a Vista lodge but I imagine they’ll all be sold by then

caravan without awning up

This weekend was the culmination of tremendous, detailed research for Other Half. For over a year now he has been watching items on eBay. Not any old items – all different models of caravans. He’s searched by price, by distance to all manner of complex tactics. However last week when Terry Towbar finally came over and kitted our car out with the latest in towbars (cost £260 if anyone’s thinking of doing it) OH became a man with a mission.

A dream he’s had since he was a boy spending his own summers caravanning with the family was about to come true, he would own his very own caravan. He has been nudging me for the past twelve months to look at the various models he came across but I wouldn’t give him too much interest until it was time to actually go ahead and choose. So two weeks ago when he showed me one of his preferences, I looked and thought ‘yep, that looks ok.’ Time for a viewing.

Off we went last Saturday to view and we left £100 deposit we were so impressed.

This weekend, we picked her up and booked into Cosgrove Park which is just outside Milton Keynes to try her out and make sure everything was working.

Caravan - girls area

Only five minutes down the road from picking our van up we missed our turning! So OH decided to turn into the first residential street to do a 3 point turn. I panicked, screamed a little bit, told him he was wrong, wrong, wrong and almost burst into tears. He kept quiet, turned the car and caravan around much to the delight of the residents and the queues of cars lined up on either side of us and my relief and off we went again.

Cosgrove park campsite

Our stunning view of the lake

Cosgrove Park, our first campsite which OH had found on the internet, is utterly stunning. Normally they only take two night bookings so we phoned on the off chance on Saturday morning and we managed to secure a plot. A very well kept park with a ma-hoo-sive children’s play area, a swimming pool, a take away, a restaurant and an onsite shop.

Cosgrove Park is dotted with lakes, some are out of bounds as they’re in the residential areas but we were assigned plot 108 which was one row back from the Waterside lake. A stunning view over the lake watching speed boats pull water skiers back and forth.

Flock of geese Cosgrove park campsite

There was plenty of wildlife too, a flock of geese flew over a few times which I managed to capture on photo.

The shower blocks were clean and modern with facilities for fresh water and to dispose of your waste water (all new to us!)

We thoroughly enjoyed Cosgrove Park and would definitely go back there one day. This isn’t a sponsored post just us trying out our new toy and if you’re not into caravanning but like the idea of Cosgrove Park check out their Willow Banks Lodges….

Cosgrove Park tip – the site has no license for alcohol, make sure you pack some in your cool box ;)

caravan kitchen