The Essential Caravan Holiday Checklist

Family packing to go on caravan holiday

Caravan holidays can be a great break for the whole family or a cosy retreat for couples away from the hustle and bustle. However, it’s important to keep in mind that caravan holidays are unique and your checklist to get ready for your time away will differ from the one you would use for other types of holiday.

To make sure you get the most out of your caravan holiday, we’ve put together a checklist of everything you need to prepare before you set off.


Food and drink

A lot of people pack travel snacks whatever kind of holiday they’re embarking on, but when it comes to caravan holidays, you’ll also need to prepare for when you arrive. 

Most caravan parks have facilities either on-site or nearby where you can do your food shop and there may be restaurants nearby. However, after the journey to get there, you’ll probably just want to kick back and relax for a while, so it’s best to pack some food for when you arrive, as well as the essentials like tea, coffee, bread and butter.


Kitchen essentials

As well as buying any food beforehand that will stay fresh, you should also bring the kitchen essentials necessary to cook it with and clean up afterwards! You will probably be able to buy some of these on the caravan site or nearby, but you will save money bringing them from home.

These essentials include:

  • Washing up liquid
  • Tea towels
  • Kitchen roll
  • Anything you may want for a picnic, such as a cooler, flask or sandwich bags
  • Bin bags


Bathroom essentials

The next thing on your caravan holiday checklist should be bathroom essentials and toiletries. You will also need to bring things that you may not need to on holidays where you will be staying in a hotel or managed accommodation, such as towels and toilet roll.

  • Shower gel
  • Shampoo
  • Toothbrush
  • Toothpaste
  • Deodorant
  • Any cosmetics you use, such as makeup and hair products
  • Towels (beach, shower and hand towels)
  • Toilet roll


Games and entertainment

Once you’ve packed all the basics, it’s time to start thinking about your entertainment! Caravan parks are usually in great locations that have access to local attractions, beaches, nature walks, and sights to see. However, you have to prepare for the rainy days, as well as the days where you simply don’t feel like leaving the cosy confines of your caravan.

Bring some books or magazines as well as any media devices like tablets you use for when you just want a little quiet time with your favourite show or some movies that everyone can enjoy. Just remember to check with the caravan park for Wi-Fi availability.

  • Board games and playing cards
  • Tablets/laptops and chargers
  • DVDs/download movies onto tablets
  • Phone charger
  • Books and magazines
  • Kit for outdoor activities such as bats and balls and lawn/beach games


Clothes for all weather conditions

As much as we always want to believe that our holidays will be good weather all the way through, we have to be realistic, especially in the UK! The great thing about caravan holidays is that the weather doesn’t have to ruin the fun and there’s still plenty you can do – just make sure you pack the appropriate clothing for all weather conditions. 

Whilst it’s highly unlikely to snow in the middle of summer, it won’t do any harm to bring some comfy jumpers and a raincoat! As well as your normal holiday clothes, such as shorts and t-shirts, add the following to your caravan holiday checklist:

  • Jumpers
  • Warm socks
  • Pyjamas
  • Waterproof jacket
  • Hat
  • Gloves
  • Scarf
  • Sunglasses


Activity wear

As well as preparing for all weathers with your holiday wardrobe, make sure you prepare for all activities you may take part in when it comes to your caravan holiday checklist.

Pack some walking boots if you want to explore some of the local hiking trails, and make sure you pack your swimming costume so that you can always spend a day relaxing at the pool or a nearby beach. While you’re there, be sure to protect yourself with some sun cream!

  • Walking boots
  • Wellies
  • Swimming costume
  • Trainers
  • Sun cream


Hopefully this caravan holiday checklist has been useful. Caravan holidays are a great way to spend some quality time with your loved ones and get some much-needed rest and relaxation, so taking some time to prepare means you can enjoy your break to the fullest.

If you’re considering making caravan holidays a regular event, you can take a look at the range of static caravans we have available in Devon and Somerset.