Travel & Days Out

Travel : What To Pack For A Family Caravan Holiday

22nd June 2016

There are so many things to consider when packing for a caravan holiday, especially if you are going with a small child, little things like hand towels and dishcloths are almost always forgotten. This year was the first time that we had stayed in a caravan as a family of three, and of course, we forgot to take loads of stuff resulting in a mad dash to the supermarket and wasting money on things that we have at home. As a result I have decided to put together my caravan holiday packing essentials.

My caravan packing essentials :

  • Hand Towels – I would recommend taking at least one for each bathroom and the ktichen
  • Bath & Swimming Towels – You may want to take a few extra for standing on when getting in and out of the bath/shower
  • Hand Wash/Soap – again one for each bathroom and the kitchen
  • Dishwasher Tablets – check if there is a dishwasher in your caravan first
  • Fabric Conditioner / Washing Detergent – check if there is a washing machine in your caravan first
  • Washing Up Liquid
  • Kitchen Surface Wipes / Antibacterial Wipes
  • Bin Bags – There is usually one provided but the bins are small so we always need more
  • Toilet Roll
  • Kitchen Roll
  • Tea Towels
  • Milk/Coffee/Tea/Sugar
  • Salt/Pepper/Vinegar
  • Hairdryer
  • Extension Lead – Some caravans don’t have many sockets and sometimes the sockets are just in silly places, our extension lead meant that we were able to sit on the sofa and use laptops/phones that were charging
  • Throw – It can get chilly in the evenings
  • Fleece/Hoody – as above, it can get chilly in the evenings
  • Slippers
  • Tot Seat – Some caravans may provide highchairs, if they don’t this is a fab alternative that takes up very little room in the case
  • Bumbo –  Another great highchair alternative, we took the Bumbo for when Aria fed herself at meal times and the TotSeat for when we were feeding her breakfast.
  • Splash Mat – Some people are silly enough to put cream carpet in caravans, we didn’t want Aria throwing food all over the carpet so placed this mat underneath her at meal times.
  • Caravan Clothes Airer – We had a washing machine in our caravan so really wished that we packed a clothes airer, even if you don’t have a washing machine these are great for airing your towels and costumes after swimming.
  • Gro Anywhere Blackout Blind – Thank you Cardiff Mummy Says for your comment about a black out blind, I can’t believe I didn’t include this in my list originally and have had to edit to include it. While we were away Aria was waking up at 6am most mornings due to the sun blazing into her room. Next time we will definitely invest in one of these.
Also, if you have a young baby who still sleeps in a travel cot bear in mind that it may not fit in a bedroom and baby may have to sleep in the living area. It may be worth checking with the caravan park first. We just about managed to fit Aria into one of the twin rooms but it meant leaving the wardrobe door open as the handle was in the way. We also had the option of having the travel cot in the main bedroom with us as we were in a big lodge but this won’t always be possible.

travel cot fit in a bedroom in a caravan


Have you been on a caravan holiday with a child? What are your essential items to pack? Have I missed anything? 

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  • Reply Cardiff Mummy Says 23rd June 2016 at 10:29 am

    Great list. I would also add a travel black out blind, like a Gro Anywhere Blind, as it can get so light in the caravans when the sun rises early in the morning! x

    • Reply Leanne 1st July 2016 at 9:52 pm

      Thanks Cathryn, that is a very good item to add and I can't believe I didn't think of it, Aria was waking up at 6 most mornings because of the sun so that really should have been obvious to me!

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