The October Half Term Caravanning Guide

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The October Half Term Caravanning Guide

With just a week until October half term many of us are already looking forward to that well-deserved break away from work and the craziness 2020 has thrown at us so far. What better way to take some time out, than planning a few days away in your caravan? The weather might be a little less sunny in these colder months, but don’t let that put you off. There are still plenty of adventures to be had, marshmallows to be roasted, and hot chocolates to be drank on your next caravan getaway!

Here are some of our recommendations when it comes to making this half term, one to remember.

 

The Best of Britain

 

The UK does have a bit of a reputation, especially this time of year, of being a little bit wet. But just because the sun might not be shining doesn’t mean you can’t take your family on a beautiful trip away. In fact, the slightly colder and wetter weather can bring a whole new feel to your holiday, allowing you to embrace the cosiness of your home away from home.

Caravanning this time of year allows you to immerse yourself into nature and appreciate all of the wonderful seasons this country has to offer. Whether that be a walk on a fresh morning, or laying in bed listening to the rain, there are endless opportunities and experiences that can only be had this time of year!

Something we have grown accustomed to at this time of year is the variation in the weather we get, so packing accordingly is a fantastic idea. To really make the most of your caravanning holiday in October half term it’s always a good idea to over pack your warm and waterproof clothing, this way you won’t get caught out. The clothing you take can make all the difference to your caravanning break, so it is a good idea to take some time over it. Go for thick jumpers, long trousers, big coats, scarfs, gloves, and don’t forget some rugged and waterproof boots and shoes.

 

Caravan at night

 

Preparing Your Caravan

 

If this is your first caravan break since the summer months, it’s a great idea to give your caravan a good check over before taking it on a journey that may involve slightly colder and wetter weather. This goes for both the towing elements of your caravan and the living area. Your caravan should be safe for towing in all conditions, including proper tow lighting, fully functional brakes, and tyres with sufficient wear left on them. The requirement of these things is heightened in worse weather conditions to ensure your caravan and vehicle are safe while towing. Although not a legal requirement, we highly recommend giving the living areas a check over before your holiday. You should make a point of checking the waterproofing of your caravan. If your caravan is left outside with no cover it is usually very easy to spot whether it has a leak or not, however caravans kept under covers will not show signs of water ingress until they get wet. If you keep your caravan under a cover it’s a good idea to give it a hose down and check there are no leaks before you head off.

Checking battery and gas levels is also recommended as colder weather usually means more hot meals, and heaters being used more often. It is a good idea to invest in a gas level indicator which gives you real-time measurements of your gas levels. You should also check which services and amenities are available at the caravan site you are going to, so you know whether you will have access to electricity and water supplies while you are away.

 

Some Things To Do

 

Without the promise of sunshine and clear skies people often wonder what they could do on their caravan holiday, so here are a few ideas on how to make your October half term caravan trip a total success and give you that break you deserve.

Let’s start with a classic, a campfire. A campfire this time of year can’t be beaten, it makes for an excellent time for bonding with the family, eating some good food and relaxing before bed. They are a great way to stay warm while enjoying the location you are staying in. Always check the rules at the campsite you are visiting before having a campfire to see if they are permitted.

Campfire

If the location you are visiting doesn’t permit campfires, or it’s a little too wet, why not go for a classic and get out some board games. Boardgames work perfectly with caravan trips as you don’t need any internet connection or electricity, they can be used anywhere. Who doesn’t love a good game of monopoly…as long as they win.

In the daytime why not go for a walk or a bike ride, depending on your enthusiasm it doesn’t even matter what the weather is like. Bikes are a great way to explore where you are for free, they are also really easy to bring along on a caravan holiday with a bike rack which can be fitted to your caravan.

Researching where you are going is a great way to find local places of interest, taking some time to plan out the days you will be there will really pay off when you are away. You may find some activities will need to be prebooked, especially in the current circumstances, so stay one step ahead and get that done early.

But most of all remember to relax, unwind and take some time out, you’ve earnt it!