Family caravan holidays are great fun for everyone - adults and children alike! Providing the opportunity to spend quality time together, making priceless memories that will be treasured for many more years to come, caravan holidays are relaxing, fun-filled, and nostalgic.
While you are enjoying the peaceful surroundings of our tranquil holiday parks, the younger members of your family can explore the park, play games, and run off some of that endless energy!
Many of Allens Caravans' holiday parks have dedicated children's play areas where the little ones will stay entertained for hours! Alternatively, some of our parks like Sunbeach in North Wales also have an onsite swimming pool. Whether you prefer splashing about in the pool, swimming laps, or lounging poolside, this is perfect for the whole family!
However, before you begin your holiday with us, you must pack the car and prepare for what could be a long journey to your home away from home - with the kids in tow. Young children and long car journeys are often a recipe for disaster, and bored children regularly lead to upset, arguments, and even fights among siblings.
To help everyone get through this initial holiday hurdle intact, we have put together some of our top tips to help you have the best possible start to your Allens Caravans family getaway!
While the specifics of what you need to pack will depend on a number of factors like who is coming, the season and weather, and what is included with your caravan, it's important to be prepared.
Here is a quick guide to the essentials:
Of course, this is just a short guideline to help you get started. You can check out our more comprehensive caravan packing checklist here.
While most of your holiday essentials will be safely stowed away in the back of the car, there are a number of necessities that you will need to keep close to hand - just in case.
Why not take the opportunity to keep the children busy while enjoying some quality family time together? Long car journeys are the perfect opportunity to bond with your little ones, and what better way to achieve this than with some fun family in-car games?
Here are a few of our favourite family-friendly travel games:
In addition to the above points of what to pack and what games to play, it's also worth considering a few extra tips and tricks to try your best to guarantee a hassle-free start to your family holiday.
If things are starting to get a little too heated in the car, it might be a wise idea to stop partway through your journey. This will give everyone the chance to stretch their legs and cool off, hopefully improving the mood once your journey resumes once again. Just make sure that you stop in a safe place like a layby or motorway service station to ensure everyone stays out of harm's way!
Car sickness is another common car-based complaint in young children. If your child is prone to suffering from bouts of car sickness, it's important to stay prepared - especially if you know that you have a long journey ahead of you or you are planning to travel a lot during your getaway. If your child mentions that they are beginning to feel unwell, open the window for some fresh air and suggest that they try to focus on something far away, near the horizon. They may also benefit from some water and a small piece of plain food, like a dry cracker, to help settle their stomach.
Of course, it's always worth remembering that the journey to the holiday park is just a tiny part of the break as a whole. Even if things don't quite go to plan and you find yourself struggling to keep fractious, fed up children quiet in the car, once you arrive at your holiday destination, all will be instantly forgotten.
Book your family caravan holiday with Allens Caravans this year and start making valuable memories with your loved ones.