There’s nothing better than caravanning at Christmas. Cosy nights spent in a rustic pub, evening campfires, and quality time spent with your nearest and dearest; what could be better?
With that in mind, here’s a list of fabulous ideas to help you prepare for the festive season.
Choose the right campsite
British winters are famous for their harshness, so select your campsite wisely – and make sure it is open! Opt for one that isn’t overly exposed, preferably where you’re permitted to set up a windbreak. Additionally, try to avoid sites at the bottom of hills and valleys; the last thing you’ll want is a flooded caravan at Christmas.
Book your Christmas dinner
Most caravanners don’t attempt to cook a full Christmas dinner. If that sounds like you, don’t forget to book – well ahead – a delicious meal at one of the local pubs.
Then all that’s left to do is to prepare a stash of your favourite snacks to enjoy throughout the rest of the day.
- A tin of chocolates
- A pack of mince pies
- A bottle of buck’s fizz and mulled wine
The ultimate Christmas combo!
Don’t miss your favourite Christmas flicks
Most caravan parks offer complimentary Wi-Fi and TV reception. So, bring your laptop and your Netflix password and enjoy your favourite Christmas movies as you would at home.
Towing your caravan in the snow
In the unfortunate event you need to pull your caravan through ice and snow, heed the below advice, chances are you’ll want to avoid making a caravan insurance claim on holiday.
- Check your tyre pressure and ensure it’s at the optimum level.
- Make sure you evenly distribute your luggage throughout the caravan. Your heaviest packages should be in the middle and kept close to the floor.
- Drive slowly, in a lower gear than usual.
- Instead of slamming the breaks, pump them. This is usually more effective in icy weather.
Take a Christmas tree
No Christmas is complete without a tree.
To avoid disappointment, bring one with you (and a bag of decorations for festive cheer). Even if it’s just a mini one for the table. Then, when you arrive, you can assemble it on site.
If you don’t have the space to pack one, Google nearby Christmas tree farms and ask them to reserve one for you and pick it up when you’re there.
You’d be wise to note the tips below:
- Take tons of warm clothes. Layers are always advisable; this ensures your outfits are versatile and that you’re prepared for any eventuality.
- You’ll probably want to enjoy a gentle Christmas walk through the countryside. Take waterproof walking boots or wellies for trekking through muddy terrain. That’s obviously in addition to a waterproof jacket, gloves, hats, scarfs, etc. You get the idea!
- Take plenty of blankets. It’s been known to get below zero during the winter nights of December. You’ll be thankful you bothered to bring additional covers when you’re all tucked up, warm in bed.
On a similar note, bring plenty of gas, both for heating up the caravan and for cooking.