Planning your caravan holiday
A caravanning holiday offers you total control over your well earned time off. You decide when you get up, when you eat, where you go and what you do when you get there.
Here, you can find out how to ensure that you are fully prepared for your caravan holiday, including everything from choosing your caravan site to guaranteeing that you are a safe and confident tower.
Choosing a caravan
Looking for your perfect caravan can be as exciting as looking for your perfect house. Your caravan will be your home away from home on every journey you take, providing you with all the comforts you are used to whilst allowing you the freedom to get away and put all the worries of daily life to the back of your mind.
The type of caravan you choose depends completely on your individual needs. The conventional, single axis caravan is the popular choice for most, but there are many different options open to you. There are also a number of different ways you can buy your caravan – from a dealer, online or at a show. Take a look at our buying a caravan guide for lots of useful advice on how to buy safely.
Don’t forget your caravan awnings – they are a great source of space and there are loads of different types to choose from.
Why not take a look at The Camping and Caravanning Club magazine or other specialist caravan magazines, as there are many new and used caravans advertised in the classified adverts sections, so whatever you're looking for, you're bound to find something to suit you.
Location is key - to choosing you caravan site…
Finding your ideal caravan site depends on what you are hoping to get out of your holiday. Caravan sites vary in both size and facilities and offer many different features. Nearly all will have mod cons such as Wi-Fi and battery charging facilities, but the style and location of the caravan site is up to you.
You may want to relax at a peaceful caravan site near a Loch in Scotland, or stay at a site that is on the doorstep of some of the most stunning scenery and walks in the Lake District. Use The Club’s caravan site search engine, SiteSeeker, to search caravan sites all over the UK, by specific facility, location or site type.
Some caravan sites are larger and may have a swimming pool, laundry facilities, a TV room or recreation hall. Others are smaller, quieter and have fewer facilities. This type of caravan site would suit you if you are looking for a more secluded holiday, or if you plan on spending little time in your caravan, returning only to sleep after a long day out sightseeing.
The Club boasts a number of small certificated sites which offer a more private and intimate caravanning experience as well as unbeatably low prices.
Get the lowdown on being a confident tower
An important part of a caravanning holiday involves towing your caravan to your desired location. If you haven’t towed a vehicle before, and are not quite sure where to start, we understand it is the sort of thing that could put you off going on a caravanning holiday altogether. However, there is no need to feel anxious about it. Take a look at our topical articles towing and the law, what can I tow? and confident towing for everything you will need to know about towing your caravan legally and safely.
There are places where you can practise towing before you buy a caravan, which should make you feel more comfortable when you realise that it is much easier than you thought it would be. If you become a member of The Club, you can take full advantage of our Caravan and Motorhome Manoeuvring Courses, which guarantees to help you feel more confident about setting off on your caravan holiday.
Hopefully you now feel like you have everything you need to start planning your caravan holiday. For detailed information on a variety of caravanning topics and a useful checklist you can print off to make sure your holiday goes without a hitch, visit our new to caravans section – your one stop resource for all your caravanning queries.