If you're thinking about organising a caravan holiday for you and your loved ones, here are a few tips which should help to make this experience as enjoyable as possible.
Create a comprehensive itinerary
One of the potential pitfalls of a caravan holiday is the lack of entertainment; most campsites are located in rural or semi-rural areas, where there aren't a huge amount of shops, restaurants, museums and galleries to visit. As such, if you want to ensure that you and your family don't find yourselves feeling bored during your trip, it's important to draw up a creative itinerary, jam-packed full of activities.
If your campsite is located in a natural setting (such as in the countryside or by a beach, for example) make sure to take full advantage of this; you and family can go on picnics, take long walks, go swimming or paddling, or even explore the local area by bike.
It's also a good idea to pack a few pieces of sports equipment (like a ball or a frisbee) so that you can enjoy a game together within the campsite. Playing football or throwing around a frisbee is a great way to pass the time on a sunny afternoon.
Additionally, you may want to pack a few items which will keep you and your family entertained during bouts of bad weather. Remember, if it starts to rain and there are no indoor attractions nearby, you'll be stuck in your caravan, feel restless and bored, until the weather improves. As such, it's worth adding a few items into your suitcase that will keep you and your loved ones entertained in the event of a storm.
Things like a portable DVD player, along with some of your family's favourite films, will serve as a great distraction, as will books, video game consoles and a pack of playing cards. If your children are quite young, you may also want to bring along some colouring books and crayons, as well as a few of their cuddly toys.
Don't let the weather spoil your fun
If the weather forecast for your holiday predicts extremely high temperatures or stormy conditions, don't dismay; you can still have a great time, provided you prepare properly.
If you're expecting constant rain, then it's worth investing in some protective waterproof raingear for you and your family, so that you're not confined to your caravan throughout the entire holiday. Things like some sturdy rain boots, a couple of large umbrellas, along with lined, waterproof jackets will enable you to still enjoy the sights and scenery around the campsite, without getting soaked to the bone. It's also a good idea to bring along plenty of bin liners and re-sealable plastic bags to store wet garments.
If, on the other hand, the weather is expected to be very hot, the most important step you can take to keep your family comfortably cool, is to ensure that your caravan is parked in an area of the campsite that will offer sufficient shade (such as directly underneath a large, leafy tree, for instance). Additionally, if your caravan does not have air conditioning, you may want to invest in a few handheld, battery-operated fans for you and your loved ones.
There are also some caravan accessories which can help to keep the temperatures inside the vehicle down. Reflective thermal screens, for example, can be attached to the windows of the caravan with suctioning cups, in order to prevent the heat of the sun from entering the vehicle and raising the indoor temperatures. For more information, contact a business such as Carac Trailers.