Tuesday, 24 April 2018

What To Pack For A Haven Caravan Holiday With Children

Over the long Easter weekend we had a great holiday at Haven Seashore in Great Yarmouth. It was the first time I have stayed in a caravan since I was a child and back then all I wanted to pack were toys. So when you are staying in a self-catering caravan park what do you need to take with you? From my research and mistakes I have pulled together a list of everything you need to pack and take with you on holiday.

A view of caravans at Haven seashore taken from the boardwalk leading to the sand dunes


Depending on the size of your car (and your budget) you will want to adjust my list, but there will probably be a few things you hadn't thought of. If you have a small car, hire what you can and buy food from a nearby supermarket when you arrive. If you are trying to be as frugal as possible bring more from home.

What You Can Hire


At Haven sites the bed linen is included, but it’s worth double checking when you book at other caravan sites. Not only does having bed linen included mean one less thing to pack, but more importantly all the beds will all be made up when you arrive.
You can hire a highchair, cot and a bed guard for children. There is also the option to hire towels or they are included in some of the more expensive caravans. 

Bits For The Kitchen


Even if you eat out for dinner or get takeaway you will probably want to use the kitchen for snacks and a few meals. The kitchens contain a fridge (with mini freezer compartment), microwave, hob, oven, kettle and toaster. They are also well stocked with everything from saucepans to bottle openers, but a few additions will be needed:
  • Washing up liquid
  • Kitchen Cleaner
  • Sponges
  • Tea towels
  • Kitchen roll
  • Bin Bags
  • Foil (reduces the washing up if you are cooking in the oven)
  • Plastic plates, cups and cutlery if you have young kids
  • I took a sharp veg prep knife and scissors because I'm particular about the quality, but they have basic ones there.

Food and Drink


Everything you consume over your stay will need to be brought with you and purchased after you arrive. There are restaurants on site as well as a reasonably priced shop, but taking food with you (or popping out to a nearby supermarket) will save you a lot of money. We found it easy to have breakfast in our caravan as well as either lunch or dinner depending on our plans for the day.

Don’t forget the staples:
  • Salt
  • Pepper and any other spices you use regularly 
  • Tomato ketchup (well it's a staple in our house)
  • Oil
  • Squash
  • Tea bags/ coffee

You might want to buy butter and milk when you are there if you are travelling for more than an hour.

Snacks, snacks and more snacks. Because children like to eat regularly.

For The Bathroom


  • Hand soap
  • Toilet roll (there will be one, but you will probably need more)
  • Hand towel
  • Body towels (unless you are hiring them)
  • Bath mat to stop the floor getting wet when you get out of the shower
  • Toothpaste
  • Toothbrushes
  • Shower gel
  • Shampoo and Conditioner
  • Any other essential toiletries and cosmetics

A view taken of a bedroom with twin beds and very little space between them. Soft toys are strewn around

First Aid


  • Plasters
  • Calpol/ Nurofen
  • Piriton
  • Thermometer
  • Painkillers for adults
  • A mini first aid kit


Clothes etc


  • Lots of outfits. Depending on the time of year you will want 1 or 2 changes of clothes per day (and probably more the younger the children are). Some people dressed up for the evenings entertainment, but it was pretty much anything goes so it's up to you.
  • Swimming costumes/ trunks. We took 2 per person because we went swimming every day and they needed time to dry.
  • Googles, armbands etc
  • Swimming towels
  • Wellies, flip flops or other beach footwear
  • Waterproofs
  • Jumpers, even in summer the evenings can get cold. 
  • Nightwear


Other Essentials


  • Chargers for every electrical device you are bringing.
  • Entertainment for the journey: this means an iPad and music for us as well as travel games (affiliate link).
  • Toys and entertainment for in the caravan because the TV alone wont be enough if you spend much time indoors eg travel games as well as colouring pencils and paper.
  • Most Havens are near the beach so in nice weather you are likely to spend time there, bring bucket and spades, a ball and other beach toys.
  • If you get disturbed easily at night you might want to take ear plugs and an eye mask. I found our neighbours quiet, but the rain and sea (which we were very close to) were less so.
  • If you have a baby you will also need nappies, wipes and anything necessary for feeding (including sterilising equipment and bib). I actually managed to forget nappies on our last trip away.
  • A camera to help capture all the happy memories.

Text saying What to pack for a Haven self-catering caravan holiday with kids above a photo of caravans


I hope this list helps, please comment and let me know if you think anything needs adding.

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