Motorhome and caravan breaks give you the freedom to travel where you please, the opportunity to delight in the great outdoors and the chance to mix with like-minded people over a roaring campfire, all without giving up any of the creature comforts that you love about home. It's little wonder, then, that they continue to be one of the most popular choices for those over 60. Dusting down your equipment and planning your first trip of 2018 is exciting, but it may leave you feeling a little overwhelmed, as you make lists and try to remember everything you need to do! To get you back into the swing of things, here are our top 10 things to consider when embarking on your break in a motorhome or caravan this summer.
1. Finding a suitable route to your country park
Motorhomes and caravans are significantly larger and heavier than your average car, meaning you will need to check out your route carefully in advance to ensure the roads will be suitable. Sat-navs have their place but occasionally roads can show up that no longer exist. When you book your pitch at Yarwell Mill Country Park, you will be sent large vehicle-friendly directions to ensure you don't come unstuck!
2. Consider what kind of pitch you want
Sometimes you will be given a choice of pitch and it's worth considering what you'd prefer before you arrive. You may want to be near the toilets and shower block for convenience, however, this may be noisier than a pitch further out, where you can experience the peace and tranquility of the great outdoors. In addition, trees may look pretty but large roots can affect the grass quality and lead to uneven ground.
3. Take a first night food parcel
Motorhome and caravan breaks mean you'll be self-catering most of the time and, as you may not want to spend your first night trying to find a supermarket, it's a good idea to take basic supplies. Include teabags, coffee, milk, toilet roll, washing up liquid, a loaf of bread and something quick and easy to eat, like canned soup or stew. Oh, and don't forget your celebratory bottle of wine, of course!
4. Setting up
Setting up your power, chocking your wheels and collecting water is a routine that can seem overwhelming when you've not done it since last season, but once you get back into the swing of things, it will all be second nature! We love the Caravan and Camping Club's setting up checklist, which you can print off to refer to when you arrive.
5. Do you need an awning?
Awnings are a great way of providing some extra space to sit out in the evening, hold gatherings or simply enjoy the sights and sounds of the site and they are super-easy to put up. With designs specific to both motorhomes and caravans, you can find one that will fit perfectly from any good camping shop or online store.
6. Don't forget to explore!
Visit Yarwell Mill Country Park to discover how peaceful, relaxing and tranquil it is and, with their Spring Collection of Park Homes offering luxury touches and endless comfort, you could be forgiven for not wanting to leave the park! If you make time to explore the local area, however, you will find an abundance of beautiful riverside walks, country pubs and the cultural delights of Cambridgeshire all on your doorstep.
7. Spare gas
It's always worth carrying a spare gas canister when you're staying in a motorhome or mobile caravan: you never know when you might run out!
8. Black out your windows
In summer, motorhomes and caravans can become stiflingly hot. It's a great idea to invest in some blackout blinds for your windows - these will keep your interior cool and allow for comfortable sleeping.
It's important to use common sense in regards to security. Ensure doors and windows are locked when you leave your caravan or motorhome unattended and don't leave any valuables on display. In addition, you could consider fitting an immobiliser to your motorhome.
10. Do you really want to get away from it all?
You may be relishing the chance to switch off your phone and be uncontactable for a week or so. If, however, you do need to be connected, you may find Wi-Fi is patchy when you are out and about. It may be worth investing in a portable Wifi booster which can connect you to the internet while you are away.