Getting away from it all for a week or two on a touring caravan holiday can be the perfect antidote to the stresses and strains of everyday life.However, these trips take a considerable amount of planning and if you want your vacation to run smoothly this year, you will need to bear some top tips in mind.
Careful planning is a must
Before you embark on your adventure, some detailed planning is a must. For example, when you’re working out your route, make sure that the roads you’ll be travelling on are suitable for caravans. Also, if you intend to stay at caravan sites, it may be necessary to book ahead, especially if you’re setting off in peak season.
In addition, it’s a good idea to make a checklist of essential items so that you don’t get 100 miles down the road only to realise you’ve left something crucial at home.
Take a map
Sat nav systems can take much of the hassle and stress out of long journeys. However, don’t fall into the trap of relying solely on these devices. There’s always a risk that your trusty sat nav will go awry or stop working.
With this in mind, it’s a good idea to have a map to hand. They may seem old school now, but paper maps can still prove vital in helping you get from A to B.
Take a portable generator
Portable generators can be a real lifesaver when you’re out and about on the road, especially if you’re away from the electric hook-ups available at campsites. You can power a host of appliances using these generators, ranging from your laptop to your microwave.
If you are buying a generator before your holiday, it’s vital that you choose a suitable version. When you’re perusing the options available, make sure you take into account the appliances you wish to operate and the watts they will use. It’s important that your generator has a power rating that meets or exceeds the total watts you will use.
Give your car a thorough check
Before embarking on your vacation, make sure you give your car a thorough check. The last thing you want is to break down mid-trip. This could completely ruin your holiday.
Just in case you do have technical hiccups along the way, it’s important to be prepared. For example, it’s wise to make sure you can access roadside assistance.
Prepare for wet weather
Especially if you are holidaying in the UK, it’s a good idea to prepare for wet weather. Even if the forecast suggests you’ll enjoy unbroken sunshine, make sure you have some suitable clothes and footwear in case the heavens open.
Also, it’s helpful if you plan some activities along your route that aren’t weather dependent. This way, even if conditions aren’t great, you’ll have plenty to do to keep you entertained.
Once you have covered all these bases, all that’s left to do is relax and enjoy your trip away from home.
Author bio: Anna Longdin writes regularly about holidaying in Britain and abroad. When she’s not blogging, she loves to get away on camping and caravanning breaks and she visits sites including SGS Engineering to ensure she stays up to date on all the latest industry news and developments