I really enjoy an autumn caravan holiday, just enough outside of the holiday season that the prices drop, but not too far in that the weather is awful – though saying that we’ve done a Spring caravan holiday before and it rained the entire week we were away and we still had lots of fun.
As with any family holiday, it’s all about being prepared, and in autumn, you have to pack for every type of weather too.
So when we went to the Isle of Wight earlier this month for our a I jotted down everything we packed with us to share with you.
Clothing for the week including spare socks
Coats and a selection of footwear including boots and pack-a-mac’s
Toiletries including towels
Camera plus charger
Books – I do the most reading in the evenings, as no/limited Wifi means the perfect excuse to have a bit of offline time
Swim stuff including towels
Fleecy PJs for the toddler – perfect for snuggly as caravans can get pretty chilly at night and first thing in the morning
Clothing for the duration including jumpers, wellies, raincoats and a mix of tops and bottoms.
Half pack of nappies for each boys plus a full pack of wipes
Change bag – fully stocked up prior to leaving
Swim stuff including arm bands and swim nappies
Spare DVDs – our kids wake up super early so we take a couple of kids films with us for the DVD player in case there is nothing good on TV
Favourite soft toys for bedtime which helps to make their new room feel more like home. If you have the space take your kids normal duvet or pillow too, especially if they’re young and struggle in different surroundings
Couple of story books for bedtime
Baby carrier – saves a lot of space if you don’t want to bring a pushchair
Nightlights as both boys need them at the moment
Tea bags & a tub of sugar
Condiments – we collect little sachets of sauces, sugar, salt and pepper whilst we’re out and about, and save any that are left over from meals out. We then keep them in a food bag at home to take with us on long trips such as caravan holidays. No one wants to cart around full size sauce bottles, so these come in handy when self-catering
Cereal for Henry
Kids cutlery for Henry and a plastic plate
Washing up liquid/sponge/tea towel/binbag
So that’s our packing list.We also tend to do a little shop for food for breakfast, lunch and maybe one dinner when we arrive.
As a mother who loves to travel, I’d love to take Henry on a trip to Disneyland Paris someday. The trip won’t be cheap, but I’ve learned that I can buy or rent a Disney Vacation Club timeshare on the DVC Resale Market at a steeply discounted price.