The ultimate list of caravan trip essentials!

If there is one thing that we all deserve right now, it is a holiday. Due to the lockdown restrictions over the last year, you may not have been away in your caravan for some time. You may also be a new caravan owner; in which case you need to make sure that you are fully prepared for your trip.

To make that task a little easier for you, we have compiled the ultimate list of essentials to help you plan your trip without forgetting anything:

Caravan essentials

These are all the things you need for your caravan, whether it be to keep you warm or to keep the water running!

  • Gas bottle and regulator
  • Hitch lock and cover
  • Wheel clamps
  • Spirit level (or mobile app that measures the level)
  • Water container
  • Wastewater container
  • Toilet chemicals
  • Water pump
  • Spare tyre, jack, and pump
  • Caravan battery
  • Mains lead and adapter
  • Awning

The usual travel essentials

Wherever you are heading, you should make sure to pack these items in your bag. This will keep you covered in an emergency, whether it is a first-aid emergency or a ‘the weather has taken a wrong turn!’ emergency.

  • First aid kit
  • Torch
  • Clothing including waterproofs
  • Bedding
  • Towels
  • Phone chargers
  • Insect repellent

Your home away from home essentials

You want to be as comfortable as possible whilst you are away, so packing these essentials will make you feel right at home. Plus, the fact that some things from home will still be necessary on your trip (such as washing the dishes and cleaning up spills!).

  • Kitchen roll
  • Washing up and cleaning equipment
  • Crockery and cutlery
  • Kettle
  • Toaster
  • Hairdryer
  • Outdoor table and chairs
  • Toolkit
  • Scissors

Essentials for the great outdoors

The likelihood is you will be spending a lot of time outside, so make sure you’re ready for it. The last thing you want is to be stuck miles away from home with no way of lighting your BBQ!

  • Games and beach accessories
  • Suncream
  • Matches
  • BBQ
  • Watersport’s equipment and wetsuit or swimming costume
  • Hiking boots, socks, rucksack, and water bottle

Essentials for the little ones

These items will change based on the age of your child, but these are a few general essentials for any younger guests on your caravan trip. If they are a little older, these essentials may be replaced with things such as iPads or game devices.

  • Nappies and changing items
  • Milk bottles
  • Travel cot bed
  • Baby food
  • Sterilising equipment
  • Toys
  • Medicine
  • Numerous pacifiers
  • Cot bedding

Hobbies and interests

One of the great benefits of going on caravan holidays is that you get to spend time enjoying your hobbies, so make sure you take everything you need for your hobbies such as:

  • Bikes, spare tyres, puncture repair kit, pump, and other accessories
  • Fishing equipment
  • Running shoes and clothes
  • Camera and charger

Taking care of your caravan

While you are away, you should also keep on top of your caravan maintenance, so take the products and items you need to clean the outside of your caravan, including a sponge, cloths and cleaning products.

The best way to keep your caravan in pristine condition all year round is to use a top-quality protective jacket, such as the market-leading towing jackets from Pro-Tec Covers. When you are on the road, you can protect your caravan with a towing jacket, preventing dirt and grime from building up on your caravan whilst you are driving. This means that you can spend less time cleaning your caravan and more time relaxing on your caravan trip.

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Security Measures for Your Caravan

Unfortunately, caravan thefts and break-ins have been increasing, with thieves looking for what they see as easy targets with caravans not usually having as good quality security measures as properties do. Therefore, it is important to review your existing security setup to see what more you can do to protect your caravan.

Here are some top tips for improving your caravan security:

Remove belongings when your caravan is not in use

When you are packing up your belongings to leave your caravan, do not be tempted to leave any expensive items in your caravan, such as electronic devices. If you have to leave any valuable items inside your caravan, make sure that they are kept out of sight.

Choose a secure caravan storage site

Fees for caravan storage can vary greatly but you shouldn’t compromise the security of your caravan for the sake of saving a few pounds each year. When you choose your caravan storage site, check what the security measures are, including CCTV, perimeter fencing and whether there is security staff on site.

Secure all windows and doors

If your caravan does not already have strong, secure locks on your windows and doors then you should have some fitted. Some caravans have plastic window latches that are easy to break, so you should replace them with locks made from steel, or an alternative material that provides a high level of lock security.

Install an alarm system

A powerful deterrent to thieves is an alarm system that will emit a loud siren if a window or door is opened while the system is in operation. You can also buy ones that use infra-red sensors to identify movement. There is now a wide range of affordable caravan alarm systems available to buy, many of which are simple to install yourself. By installing an alarm system, you may also be able to reduce the amount that you pay for your caravan insurance policy each year.

Use devices to lock your caravan

There are many additional devices that will make it more difficult for thieves to take your caravan. A good quality hitch lock should be used to lock the coupling head onto a cover. You can also use a clamp and locking wheel nuts on the wheels and chain your caravan to a secure point with a heavy-duty chain. All of these additional measures will take thieves more time and effort to steal your caravan, which is likely to put them off.

Use a caravan cover

A caravan cover has multiple uses, it can protect your vehicle from damage from rain, as well as protection from harmful UV rays but it can also help protect it from being stolen. Using a cover on your vehicle will deter thieves because it will make it harder for them to break in and also there will be no items visible through the caravan windows.

Buying a cover that perfectly fits your vehicle will give your caravan  an added level of protection, so if you need a high-quality cover that fits around your caravan tightly, shop at Pro-Tec Covers.

How to Prevent and Deal with Damp on Your Caravan

As a caravan owner, one of the problems that you want to avoid is damp growing inside your caravan. With caravans generally having less ventilation than your house, you have to take extra measures to try and prevent damp or at least know how to deal with it as soon as possible to minimise the damage.

Damp is not only a problem that is unpleasant to have within your caravan, it can also be very costly to repair, so it is important to know what to look out for and how you can stop damp from appearing in your caravan. Here are some tips for protecting your caravan from damp:

Keep your caravan well ventilated

Get fresh air into your caravan as often as possible by keeping windows and roof vents open when you are using the caravan. It is particularly important to ventilate the caravan immediately after taking a shower or while you are cooking, as these activities will cause moisture to build up inside. Moisture can also get trapped inside cupboards and rooms, so open all internal doors and cupboards as well.

Install a damp meter

You can buy a special meter to install inside your caravan that measures the amount of water in the air, to help you to monitor this. A reading that shows there is more than 15% water in the air is usually cause for concern and you should look at what is causing the problem and try to resolve it before it leads to dampness.

Dry clothes outside

A major cause of damp inside any type of property is drying clothes inside, so you should try to always dry clothes outside wherever possible. Buying a portable washing line to use outside should help you to dry clothes outdoors when the weather allows. You should also remove bedding and towels when you are not using the caravan, as moisture can get caught in these fabrics.

Use a moisture trap or dehumidifier

If the water level in the air is measuring as high, it might be a good idea to buy a moisture trap or dehumidifier to remove the water from the air. You can buy ones that will automatically switch on when the humidity gets to a certain level.

Check your seals, seams, ceilings and walls

You should regularly check through your caravan for any signs of damp, which will usually be a dark colour but in the early stages could just be moisture gathering in places. After taking a shower or cooking, make sure you wipe surfaces down with a dry cloth or towel to remove any residue. You also need to be regularly checking the seals and seams on your caravan for any signs of damage that could lead to dampness.

If you do find any mould or mildew, you should use a specialist mould spray to clean the mould off the surface and then keep the area well ventilated in future.

Damp can cause severe damage to the interior of your caravan, but you may also experience dampness on the exterior of your caravan, especially if your caravan cover is not designed to be breathable. Many covers on the market are waterproof but not breathable, which means moisture will build upon the exterior walls and roof, often leading to dampness.

Pro-Tec Covers have been expertly designed to provide waterproof protection, but the material is also breathable, allowing moisture to escape and therefore prevent exterior damp.

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Caravan Holidays with a Hot Tub

If you are looking for a UK getaway with a bit of luxury and pampering, a caravan site with a hot tub will give you that extra special holiday experience. Lots of caravan sites now provide hot tubs with scenic views so that caravanners can pitch up and unwind in complete tranquility.

These are some of the best caravan sites that offer hot tubs under their facilities:

Woodovis Park, Tavistock, Devon

This 5-star holiday park has everything you need for a luxurious stay, including a heated pool and spa. You can take your touring caravan to this amazing site or stay in accommodation such as glamping pods or luxury caravans with hot tubs to make your stay even more relaxing.

Alpine Grove Wood Park, Chard, Somerset

Along the South West Coast, this peaceful site is set in 8.5 acres of parkland and is a great park for families and couples. There are several accommodation options, including touring caravan pitches and log cabins with hot tubs. There is an outdoor heated pool to enjoy through the summer season too.

North View Caravan Site, Garstang, Lancashire

A short distance from the popular beach resort of Blackpool, North View Caravan Site is nestled in the countryside and has 23 large hard standing pitches. The site has a great children’s play area and a hot tub that can be hired by the hour.

Freshwater Beach Holiday Park, Bridport, Dorset

This family-friendly resort is in an amazing location on the Jurassic Coast, and it even has its own private beach. Facilities include indoor and outdoor pools with slides, a sauna, steam room and hot tub. You can take your own caravan or hire one on the site.

Bargoed Farm Caravan Park, Aberaeron, Ceredigion

This caravan park is newly opened and is in a picturesque area of Wales, close to Cardigan Bay. The park has 50 serviced hard standing pitches, with some of them including a private hot tub to enjoy. There are plenty of options for days out to the seaside, with Aberaeron and New Quay being close by.

Colemere Caravan Park, Ellesmere, Shropshire

If your perfect caravanning holiday involves a peaceful stay at a stunning park with great facilities, Colemere Caravan Park is the place for you. It is an adults-only site with a range of different accommodation options on their lakeside location. There is also a deluxe Nordic hot tub that can be hired during your stay.

Lady Heyes Holiday Park, Frodsham, Cheshire

Situated close to Chester and Delamere Forest, Lady Heyes Holiday Park is in a beautiful area of Cheshire and has some excellent onsite facilities. There are pitches for touring caravans, as well as a range of glamping options, including luxury pods with their own hot tubs.

If you want to stay at any of these sites, get your trip planned and order a Pro-Tec towing jacket to keep your caravan protected on your journey.

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