Planning a family weekend away

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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?


  1. September 25, 2014 / 11:52 AM

    I like to plan too!
    I also seem to always over pack!!

    I have never used a Meet and Greet service but if it makes my holiday easier, I am all for that :-)

  2. September 25, 2014 / 11:59 AM

    For our trips on an airplane, I used to pack a bag full of activities – stickers, colouring books, a new pack of coloured pencils/pens, paper and the small pack of plastacine (the small pack goes those security).

  3. September 25, 2014 / 2:31 PM

    I’m not gonna lie, I clicked this link because I thought it said ‘family planning’ – haha!

    Disappointed in the lack of contraception included here, but a great post!!

  4. September 25, 2014 / 4:58 PM

    Some great advice, I must download your list of what to pack for a caravan holiday

  5. September 25, 2014 / 9:10 PM

    I usually plan in a crazy manner for just going out so when it comes to holidays I say meh and plan nothing and live for the time we’re away! But the next holiday will be an overnight campout with the girls. :D

  6. September 25, 2014 / 9:45 PM

    I always leave things to the last minute and forget at least one vitally important thing!

  7. September 25, 2014 / 10:30 PM

    Fab tips, my husband always takes the mickey out of me as I plan and pack literally 2 weeks in advance! I pack pens and paper, eye plugs for the plane, dvds, games, I’m a walking Toys R Us!

  8. September 26, 2014 / 5:18 AM

    Great advice for when me and the kids eventually get away.

  9. September 26, 2014 / 10:05 AM

    I always end up in a sweat at the airport because I’m dragging so much with me – not only in my luggage but also my hand luggage. I really have to restrict myself to the basics as Amy really isn’t that fussy when flying. She keeps herself entertained for ages. Great tips though x

  10. September 26, 2014 / 2:40 PM

    We used purple parking at Heathrow and they were fab! I am going to check your caravan list out, was just saying to R last night I need a weekend away in ours before Winter sets in!

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