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Caravanning is the perfect family holiday - it delivers everything you need for a great week or two with your loved ones. It provides a comfortable home from home equipped with all your creature comforts, coupled with that fun feeling that you’re camping - without the need to rough it!
A caravanning holiday is a particularly good idea for 2020 as the COVID-19 pandemic has halted travel abroad and of the staycation options, caravanning is one of the safest as you are completely self-contained. With your own washroom and kitchen on board you won’t need to use the campsite facilities, (aside from the water supply and disposal) which will make social distancing a doddle.
Whilst away, you can do as little or as much as you like and the great outdoors is right there when you step out! Choose a rural site and the kids can run free, ride bikes and play ball games to their heart’s content, while you either opt to join in with them or sit back and watch with a book - or a drink! - in hand. What could be better?
A caravan for every family
Whether you’re a family of three or a larger family unit, there are many caravan makes and models that will suit your needs. You can go for a 4 or 6 berth caravan and for families of 6+, an awning provides a place that the older children can comfortably sleep.
Dimensions vary from one manufacturer to another, but in terms of our two partner manufacturers, Bailey and Swift, Bailey prioritise living space, with longer seating areas and more floor space than any other manufacturer; the Phoenix range is particularly geared towards families. Swift models have larger washrooms and prioritise technology, with the use of the Swift command system (to easily manage your onboard systems) and modern construction techniques.
Quality family time
Although caravanning makes for a very comfortable holiday, it also has the ‘getting away from it all’ vibe about it. Without the distraction of everyday life, you can spend your time as you wish, with your family. You can enjoy leisurely meals, get the kids to help with the prep and decide what you want to do each day, together. It can be as little or as much as you fancy!
Enjoy the great outdoors
Caravanning is the ideal opportunity to enjoy some outdoor pursuits that you don’t always have time for at home. Bike rides with the kids, walks in the woods and paddling in streams with fishing nets are all activities that the kids - and you - will love. Although campsite facilities such as playgrounds may not be open this year, there is still plenty to keep the kids busy on-site if you don’t want to venture far. Climbing trees, bug hunts and a game of rounders are all fun ways to while away the hours.
Value for money
Caravanning trips are very easy on the wallet. It’ll only cost you pitching fees and some petrol money to make your trip away possible. You’ll spend money on food as you would at home and you may need to factor in the cost of the odd ice cream! Days out may cost you a little extra, but those are optional (and some places may not be open this year) and you can do things that don’t cost anything!
Enjoy a day trip or two
As well as relaxing at the site, it’s nice to get out and explore the local area a bit. Before your holiday, do some research to see what is and isn’t open this year to avoid disappointment. There may be a local farm or zoo that’s open offering socially-distanced visits. If you’re near the coast, the beach is nice on warmer days and drives/walks/picnics in the countryside are great fun too!
Cook up the family favourites
One of the best things about caravanning is that the kitchen is fully equipped, allowing you to cook all the things you would at home. This is especially useful this year when eating out may not be an option. Check out our caravanning cooking tips for some great meal ideas! Don’t forget that you could also treat yourself to the odd takeaway or BBQ - you are on holiday after all!
Awnings are great for families as they can double the size of your footprint. It will provide extra space for the kids to play, which is ideal for rainy days. It also gives you extra space for storing stuff and you can even use it as a secondary dining or seating area using your outdoor furniture.
Take your furry friend
Most campsites allow dogs on site. This makes the family holiday complete and means that you don’t have to worry about canine care while you’re away. Your pooch will appreciate the fresh air and extra-long walkies too!
DON’T FORGET THESE FAMILY ESSENTIALS:
- Dustpan and brush / handheld vacuum / doormat - where there’s kids, there’s usually mess!
- Waterproofs and wellies - to get outdoors in all weathers.
- Sun cream and sun hats - on the off chance the sun decides to shine!
- Outdoor toys such as a football and cricket set - fun for all the family.
- First aid kit and Calpol - in case injury or illness strikes.
- Plenty of towels and extra sheets - you’ll probably need them!
- In-car entertainment - something to keep them busy on the journey and while you’re setting up.
We’ve got what you need
Whether you’re after a new or pre-owned caravan, we have plenty to offer. We are partnered with Swift and Bailey, two of the top manufacturers in the business, offering first-class caravans. Get in touch to book an appointment to view our range.
Take a look at the range of awnings that we stock too. Give us a call on 01962 714 844 if you’d like to discuss your requirements or pop in and see us. We have safety and social distancing measures in place so you’ll be well looked after.
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