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Camping or caravan holidays – which are best for UK breaks?

If you’re used to breaks abroad but are planning a break here in the UK, camping or caravan holidays are popular options. But if you haven’t been on one of these types of holidays before, you might be wondering which one would be best for you and your family.

Here at The Wide Welly HQ, we’re fans of both tents and caravans and so we thought we’d use our wisdom to help you decide which of these would be best for you.

Where to stay?

A bucket and spade on a beach
Research different areas of the UK that you’d like to visit.

The likelihood is that you’ll be looking at camping sites or park caravan holidays, but before you start your search, where in the UK would you like to stay? We are truly spoilt for choice with coastal resorts and countryside views aplenty. From the tip of Scotland, to the stunning Pembrokeshire coast, the Norfolk broads to Dorset seaside towns.

If you’re unsure whereabouts you’d like to visit check out local guides and social media pages for information about the areas you’re considering staying in. Groups like this also have plenty of information about things to do whilst you’re there and spots for you to visit.

Park life

A touring caravan park
Think about the type of park you’d like to stay on – do you want lively and loads of entertainment or a quiet and relaxed break?

It’s more than likely that you’ll be staying on a park for your camping or caravan holidays. Before you book one of these, think about the type of park you’d like to be staying on. Do you want plenty of activities for the kids, a clubhouse and lots of entertainment? Or do you prefer a quieter, more relaxed type of holiday? Research the parks before you book to make sure you pick the right fit for you.

UK camping holidays

A family playing whilst camping
There are so many reasons to love going camping.

Why go camping? There are so many reasons we enjoy camping. Here are just a few of them:

  • Being in the fresh air all day everyday
  • Simpler living, away from the hustle and bustle of the day to day
  • The whole family pitching in
  • Playing family outdoor games until long after dark.

Camping essentials

Camping essentials to take on holiday
What you need to take with you on a camping holiday.

What are the camping essentials if you haven’t been before? The list could be endless, depending on the level of comfort you require, but here are some of the basics:

  • Tent
  • Beds and sleeping bags
  • Camping stove and cooking utensils, plates, cutlery etc.
  • Washing up equipment
  • Camping table and chairs
  • Camping fridge
  • Cool blocks
  • Wash bag and towels
  • Wellies (like we’d forget to mention these!) for walking across muddy fields.

UK caravan holidays

Camping or caravan holidays
Why you should consider caravan holidays.

Not convinced that a camping break is for you? Then how about a holiday in a caravan. Here’s why we sometimes choose a caravan holiday:

  • You can retreat indoors should the weather be less favourable
  • The beds are more comfortable
  • You usually don’t have to take your own cooking equipment
  • They are a little bit like a home away from home.

Caravan selection

A static caravan park
What type of caravan should you stay in – a motorhome, a tourer or a static?

When it comes to caravans though, there are a few options – should you use a touring caravan, a motorhome or a static? Our preference is static because they have all mod cons. If you prefer to move around during your break, then a tourer or motorhome may be a better choice for you.

Caravan essentials

A lot of the equipment you’d need for camping is usually provided with a caravan holiday, however you may still need to take some things with you, such as:

  • Sleeping bags or duvet and pillows
  • Washing up liquid, dishcloth, and tea towels
  • Picnic bag and cool blocks
  • Wash bag and towels
  • Loo rolls

Deciding whether camping or caravan holidays are right for you

If you’re a first-time camper or caravanner then I hope this has helped you to decide which type of break will be best for you.

If you’re unsure or nervous about camping, here’s a final tip. Practice putting your tent up and down in the garden or a space close to home first. It’ll help you when you arrive at your campsite!

Happy camping (and caravanning) everyone!

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