Tips for A Lodge Holiday

Tips for A Caravan Holiday


Posted by Justin Allitt in Static Caravans, June 11, 2018

If you’re heading out on a caravan holiday soon, there are likely to be plenty of things you need to plan for!  Caravan holidays can be a lot of fun, and what’s more, they are very affordable.  However, as with all trips away, you are going to need to have a plan of action.  It’s nice to be spontaneous, however, some things need a little bit of forward care and attention.

When you first visit a caravan site, you will likely find that it offers plenty of luxuries and amenities!  The holiday home industry has come a long way over the years.  Therefore, you may find you have nothing to worry about when you arrive.  At Sell My Group, we make sure to list parks which offer fantastic facilities and brilliant access to some of the best attractions the UK has to offer.

But how else should you prepare for a caravan holiday?  What are some of the essential things you need to bear in mind before you book a caravan, or before you even take to the road?  Let’s take a quick look.

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Choosing the Right Park for your Caravan Holiday

So – you know where you’d like to go, but what about finding the right park?  Thankfully, there’s more choice than ever when it comes to UK holidays.  However, this can also make things a little tricky.  Some parks offer leisure facilities and stunning grounds, while others are super-close to holiday attractions and sites of interest.  If you’re lucky, you might find a caravan park that offers you the best of everything!

Sell My Group makes it really easy for you to find your perfect caravan park.  You can search for holiday lodges and caravans across the UK.  That means, if you fancy taking a trip to the Welsh mountains, the Scottish lochs or the Eastern seaside, there are always going to be a few resorts for you to choose from.  With that in mind, we’ve also made it easy for you to filter through your search.  This means it should be simple for you to find a caravan park that gives you everything you need.

Think about what you need from a caravan holiday.  Do you want access to the coast, or the countryside?  Would you like access to a spa or gym on-site?  If you have kids, will you need a children’s play park?  These are all great things to consider.

The type of holiday you want, of course, will dictate where you’d like to go.  Some caravan parks are nice and quiet and offer access to lots of woodland and countryside walks.  Others are very close to tourist areas and entertainment.  For example, you could choose a peaceful caravan holiday in the Somerset countryside, or a park that’s close to Blackpool Pleasure Beach.  The choice is yours!

Plan Your Route Ahead

Most of us are using sat navs or GPS nowadays, but that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t plan your route.  If anything, it’s better to be safe than sorry!  One of the best things about taking caravan holidays in Britain is that you shouldn’t ever have to travel too far.  ‘Staycations’ are more popular than ever with British holidaymakers!

Caravan holidays are much easier to plan for than trips abroad.  You never have to worry about catching the right plane or getting stranded in a foreign county.  Even if you take a wrong turning, it shouldn’t take you too long to get back on the right track.

However, make sure to use maps, and technology, to help you get to your caravan park of choice.  Many caravan parks are nice and secluded.  That’s great news if you want a quiet holiday, but it can mean you need to pay extra attention to the roads!  However, even if you do choose a country retreat, modern caravan parks always have clear signposts.

Set up Google Maps or a similar application before you depart.  You can use this on a smartphone, on a tablet, or on a PC or Mac.  It’s a free program which allows you to plan routes from A to B with a couple of postcodes.  However, we do also recommend you take some form of map with you.  Try to buy the latest version of a national map book or invest in a regional book for trips you want to make.  You should also be careful to plans routes through main roads where possible.  Never take country lanes or side roads unless you feel comfortable and confident in doing so!  As always, safety first!

You should also plan for plenty of stops, especially if you are driving from far away.  Therefore, you can always beat fatigue on the roads.

Stock Up for Self-Catering Caravan Holiday

When on caravan holidays, it might be tempting for you to eat out every day.  However, this really can rack up the cost of your trip!  If you’re on a budget, make sure to plan meals ahead wherever possible, and take plenty of supplies.  There may even be a shop or a restaurant at your chosen caravan site, meaning you may not have to do that much packing or preparation.

However, it is also worth looking for local shops close to the park.  This could be a great way to cut down on the amount of food and drink you bring with you.  If you are holidaying for a week, for example, you might already be facing a tight squeeze!

Generally, however, you shouldn’t pack the whole of your kitchen or larder into the car.  Just focus on the essentials!  Tea bags, sugar, coffee, milk, biscuits, fruit – things you are likely to want to eat or drink at short notice.  This will also be very useful if you’re travelling a long distance to get to the caravan park, too.  Plan ahead as much as you can – that’s the key!

Setting Up at Your Caravan

All of the holiday parks we list for at Sell My Group offer wonderful facilities and warm, friendly welcomes.  Therefore, you can always expect your holiday caravan to be ready for you when you arrive.  However, there are a few things you should keep in mind on arrival.

While you might be eager just to unpack and head off on an adventure, always make sure to check your caravan is as you expect it to be.  It’s crucial you check the property before too far into your holiday.  Check fittings, fixtures and light bulbs.  Make sure everything is easy to use and that your everyday facilities are in full working order.  For example, what if you head back after a long day at the coast only to find your toilet won’t flush?  It’s worth raising it with park staff as soon as you can.

As stated, we make sure to list for parks which are well-known for high-quality care and standards.  Therefore, we highly doubt you’ll have any problems once you arrive.  However, there is still a chance that some facilities may not be the quality you expect.  What’s more, things can break down without any fault of park owners – so it’s a really good idea to make sure you check everything before you go exploring the local area.  Park owners should be open and receptive to help you as soon as possible!

Check the Local Area

You should always check the local area and amenities before you head out on any caravan holidays.  While it’s nice to escape from the modern world for a while, there are still going to be a few mod cons and facilities you’ll need to rely on.  Therefore, make sure to do some homework before you leave.  Your caravan park’s owners will likely help you with a lot of your questions!

Check for access to Wi-Fi on-site, if not in the local area.  Do also make sure there are shops and stores close by in case you need to buy any groceries.  Some parks, as mentioned, actually have shops on-site, so you may not have to travel too far!  It always helps to plan ahead, however.

What you don’t want is to be without access to the things you need the most.  Is there a petrol station close to your caravan park?  Is it easy enough for you to find local supermarkets?  If you have to travel miles and miles, then it may be worth looking at a different park.  However, if you prefer the rural experience, just make sure you stock up!

Conclusion

Caravan holidays are exciting, but they can require a fair amount of preparation.  Therefore, it really does pay to start thinking about the amenities you need, and how you’re going to get there.  Why not take a look at some of the brilliant holiday parks we list for?  You can filter through scores of parks across the UK, and you can even contact park owners directly for more details.

Don’t let caravan holidays catch you on the hop – plenty of preparation will make sure you have more time to rest and relax when you finally arrive.