While holidays are a time of enjoyment and an opportunity to relax as a family, the benefits of taking a camping holiday can extend beyond this for children. This type of trip not only allows them to find out more about the country they live in, but also teaches them new skills and fires their imagination. The memories associated with their camping or caravan holiday will last beyond its duration, as will the things they learn.
Packing for your first ever holiday on a static caravan site can be a somewhat confusing experience, especially if you have the whole family to consider. On the one hand, you want to make sure you pack everything you need, but the flipside is it’s possible to include so much stuff that you can’t fit it all in the car. It is a good idea to remember that static caravans and tourers are much better appointed than they used to be. This means you don’t need to pack the kitchen sink – it’s already included! The type of accommodation you are using will impact decisions, so think carefully about what you will need.
The basics – As a general rule for static caravan sites North Yorkshire, we recommends you bring towels, tea towels, washing up materials and toilet roll, as these are not supplied as standard. It will depend on the level of accommodation you are staying at as to whether you need to pack bed linen or not, so check your booking before you leave, as this will be clearly stated. Irons are not always included, so pack one if it is a priority for you, but some may say that you should have a break from the ironing while on holiday.
What not to pack – Pots, pans, cooking utensils, cutlery, crockery, microwave, toaster, cooker and a colour TV are all included in the caravans, so there is no need to bring these with you. Think about the meals you can make using these appliances and avoid having to bring any specialist equipment with you.
Food – If you own a touring caravan, then it is a good idea to keep some non-perishable items stocked in the cupboards for the entire season. Those visiting a static caravan will want to bring these with them. The sorts of things to be included in this box are teabags and tomato ketchup, which are needed on a fairly frequent basis. Most people bring food for a few meals and some essentials with them, then stock up later in the trip for other meals. This balances a desire not to go shopping immediately upon arrival on your holiday with the chance to visit local markets and other retailers for fresh, local produce.
Entertainment – While there will be lots of activities at the holiday park and day trips for the kids to enjoy, they should bring some items with them. For a start, there could be rainy days and there is the car journey to contend with too. Get each child to pack a small rucksack of toys and gadgets to keep them entertained. If you think any of these will interfere with family time, you can veto them.