The caravan holiday is currently have a revival, as many families are choosing to enjoy the delights of the UK during the summer months instead of going abroad. Europe is also a great place for caravan holidays, with a wealth of different parks and campsites available across the continent. Caravanning usually makes for a cost-effective break as you’ll pay less than if you were staying in a hotel, whilst still enjoying certain home comforts. If you’re a first time caravanner, make sure you’re aware of the necessary equipment before you travel.
Think about the needs of your party and what your family and friends will require to ensure that you all have a great holiday. What kind of facilities will you expect the caravan park to have? Static caravan parks are very popular as they often have their own restaurants, bars, grocery shops and entertainment options. Mobile caravans are advantageous in that you can pick up and move sites whenever you fancy, and pack in sightseeing in a variety of locations. If you’re planning to travel around with your caravan, don’t forget to plan the route in advance and book into the caravan sites early to avoid disappointment.
The Right Caravan
In terms of mobile caravans, it’s important to choose the lightest and shortest van if you’re a beginner. The weight of the caravan and whatever you’re carrying inside it shouldn’t be more than 85 percent of your car’s kerb or unladen weight, for safe towing. It’s also worth taking a towing course to build confidence and ensure safety when travelling with your caravan. If you’re considering buying a caravan, make sure you look at plenty of options to ensure that you choose the most comfortable and practical vehicle for your needs. Dealers like Exchange and Mart offer wide varieties of new and used caravans at competitive prices.
What Will I Need?
Read up on what specific campsites offer before you start packing, as their amenities may help cut down on the amount of gear you need to bring. All caravans require a set of lightweight crockery, cutlery and other kitchen equipment. It’s a good idea to bring clothing suitable for various changes in temperature, and a set of spare blankets in case the nights become unexpectedly cold. Whether you’re driving abroad or in the UK, you should have your driving license, motor insurance and vehicle registration details with you at all times.