A Guide to Caravan Holidaying

Who doesn’t like to get away from time to time? We all know that holidays are a great way to relax and unwind, or have an adventure. There is something out there for everyone.However it’s becoming more and more likely that some holidays are just a pipe dream. The whole price of a holiday can be quite an expensive feat, when you factor in all the costs, such as travel, accommodation, food and activities.

But there is a way around this – owning your own camping caravan can be very beneficial. You can go where you like, pay the camping fees and make your own fun. You just need a good quality tow bar to take it with you, which you can easily get from any professional Towbar Fitting service.

You can also join a caravan and camping club that will give you a place to start if you are new to the idea of caravanning. It’s relatively cheap to join and you can choose the level of holiday you want. The less features you chose, the cheaper it is. This ranges from a grass pitch, which is exactly just that, you get to park in an allotted space, but you will have to provide your own gas and amenities, including toilets and waste disposal. On the other side is the super pitch which typically includes all the amenities including fresh water and waste drainage.

The great thing with caravanning is that you can tailor it to suit your requirements and budget.

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Before you go

Before embarking on a caravanning adventure, there are some key things you need to do before to make the holiday safer and much more fun. The first thing you should do is make a list. This list should contain all the items you will require to be able to enjoy your holiday and be safe. You will need a lot of stuff! Some of these things include:

  • fire extinguisher
  • wheel chocks
  • caravan jack
  • sway control device
  • towing mirrors
  • extra coolant
  • Oil
  • a spare fan belt
  • Insulation tape.

These items are just to maintain the upkeep of the caravan, and don’t include all the camping essentials such as:

  • Water container
  • Gas/Charcoal
  • Pots and Pans
  • Kettle
  • Cooking utensils
  • Tableware – plates, bowls, cups etc.
  • Cutlery
  • Tin Opener – all the food and no way to open it is never good.
  • Bottle Opener
  • Matches/Lighter
  • Wet Wipes/antibacterial hand wash

It is also important you pack a first aid kit with any medications required, plus extras in case of emergency. If you are traveling in hot weather you should also take sun cream and insect repellent. Last but not least, don’t forget to take toilet roll. You’d be surprised by how many people forget this! The last thing on the list and arguably the most important thing on the list, is to make sure that your caravan is roadworthy. You can ask a mobile mechanic to come out and check if you are unsure.

The Journey

Once all the necessary checks are completed and you are packed up and ready to go, it’s time to hit the road. Make sure that all loose items are tied down, and things such as cupboard doors and drawers are locked up if possible to prevent spillage. Double check the tyre pressure and that all the lights are working. If you haveever towed a caravan before, it may take some getting used to. Just start out slowly until you get a feel for how it moves with your car. Drivingerratically will not only be dangerous, but also consumes more fuel, costing you more money in the long run.

It is highlyrecommended that you get an early start and get on the road before the roads get busy, this will be a great help to those of you who are a little nervous about towing the caravan.

Activities

Once you have arrived at your destination and are settled in well, you will be itching to get out and do something. There are plenty of free and interesting things to do, such as going for a bike ride. You can either hire a bike from a local shop, or better yet bring your own if you have Bike Carriers attached to your car. It’s an easy way of transporting your own bike wherever you go.

You can also plan to explore by going on walks, take a picnic with you or in some cases even go fishing, although you will most likely need an angling licence. There is so much to do if you don’t want to spend money so long as you invest in a caravan