The caravan holiday checklist

The caravan holiday checklist: Your essential guide to packing

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Haven holiday parks are a great place for family holidays. This is thanks to a combination of remarkable scenery, action-packed activities, and gorgeous beaches right on your doorstep.

The static caravans we have make for the ideal accommodation and much of what you will need on a Haven holiday is ready to go when you arrive, but there are always other things you need to take with you on a caravan holiday. Whether they’re essentials or personal touches, it’s no less important to bring what makes you feel at home in your static caravan.

No matter whether it’s your first or 100th time staying with us, it's always helpful to have a caravan holiday checklist close at hand and that’s why we’ve compiled this definitive guide to packing to make sure you don’t forget those important items.

What’s already there

Main bedroom in Prestige caravan at Caister-on-Sea

At Haven sites the bed linen is included as standard. Not only does having bed linen included mean one less thing to pack, but more importantly all the beds will all be made up when you arrive. Towels are only included in our Platinum caravans, so we’ll remind you to bring these later on. 

What you can hire

Stacked white towels

You can hire all the essentials for tots that are too cumbersome to take in the car such as highchairs, cots, and bed guards. If you are in a Saver caravan then towels can be hired at a surcharge, subject to availability. We have a large range of hire goods available if it's not possible to squeeze everything in your car or if anything is forgotten that varies by park - call us to hear the full list. For anything you do forget, we have shops and services on park for all your needs.

Kitchen

Kitchen roll

Even if you eat out for dinner or get takeaways every night you’ll still be in the kitchen for the odd meal. While our kitchens contain a fridge, microwave, hob, oven, kettle and toaster as well as most utensils, you’ll want to bring these extras:

  • Washing-up bits: cloth/sponge, washing-up liquid and hand wash

  • Tea towels

  • Oven gloves

  • Kitchen roll

  • Kitchen foil to wrap and store food

  • Plastic plates, cups and cutlery if you have young children and don’t want things getting broken

Food and drink

Table of food

There are of course restaurants on site but half the fun of a static caravan holiday is preparing your own meals, to do this you may want to bring some staples.

  • Tea bags/coffee

  • Squash

  • Salt & pepper

  • Tomato sauce and other condiments

  • Cooking oil

  • Your favourite tasty treats (for you, the kids and maybe even the dog)

  • All the above are available in our on-site Mini Market if you do happen to need anything

Bathroom

Some basic bathroom utilities will be one of the things to take on every caravan holiday.

  • Hand soap

  • Towels (towels will be supplied in Silver models)

  • Cosmetics

  • Toilet rolls, toiletries, and a bathmat

  • Hairdryer (a hairdryer will be supplied in Silver and Gold models)

  • Sun cream for those who burn easily

Holiday clothes/items

Hanging washing on a line

Alongside your ordinary clothes there are several other items you make want to take.

  • Outdoor clothes

  • Swimming costumes/ trunks

  • Goggles, armbands, and other swimwear

  • Swimming towels

  • Wellies or flip flops depending on your location and the weather!

  • Waterproofs

  • Nightwear

Entertainment

Board games

This list of items will keep you entertained in the caravan whatever time of the day you happen to be indoors.

  • Electrical devices such as iPads for playing music and games

  • Chargers for all your electrical devices

  • A night light if your children don't like pitch black rooms 

  • Board games

  • Toys

  • DVDs (a DVD player is included in your accommodation if you’ve booked a Silver or Gold caravan, Luxury Lodge, Comfort Plus or Premier chalet, or Comfort with veranda apartment) 

First aid/medicine

First aid/medicine

Because it’s better to be safe than sorry. Make sure you add the following to your list of things to take on a caravan holiday.

  • Plasters 

  • Calpol/ Nurofen 

  • Antihistamines  

  • Painkillers 

  • A mini first aid kit