We recently left our caravan on a campsite in Tewkesbury for a month and travelled down to stay in it every weekend. We have been doing this every May for almost 20 years! Last year was the first year we camped with Sophie. She wasn’t crawling, so we could put her on a play mat and she couldn’t get very far! However this year, the thought of camping next to a lake with a very mobile toddler, who loves splashing in water, made me a little nervous. Here is what we did to survive:
1. Consider the Sleeping Arrangements
Sophie is still in a cot, which wouldn’t fit in the caravan, so we packed a bed rail so that she could sleep in the single bed. As it is so light in the caravan, Sophie woke earlier than at home so we also bought some toys and books for her to play with in our bed to keep her entertained while we woke up slowly.
We also packed our baby monitor so that she could nap in the caravan while we sat outside in the sunshine.
2. Pack Toys and Activities (and family members if possible!)
I set up a sensory tub using bird seed and a few toys. It kept her occupied and still and it didn’t matter if she spilt any because the ducks ate it. My family came with us and played with Sophie loads.
I also packed some playdough – just don’t leave this out in the sun like we as it dried out!
When it got really hot, we set up a baby bath in our beach tent with a tea set.
3. Embrace the Weather
It wouldn’t be a British holiday without a little rain, and it sounds lovely on the caravan roof!
We packed Sophie’s puddle suit and wellies which came in handy when we had a tremendous thunderstorm. We let her have a good splash in the puddles once the thunder and lightning stopped.
We prepared for hot weather too and packed suncream and sunhats. We made the most of the lovely weather by eating messy food outside and running around with no shoes on.
4. Explore the area
We packed Sophie’s trike so that we could go for walks around the lake. She loved splashing in the lake and playing on the adventure playground (pretending to be a pirate).
5. Enjoy it!
I must admit, when Sophie was still wide away at 10.30pm for the third night, I did ask Craig whether we should just drive home. But I am glad we stayed because we had a fantastic time and made some amazing memories. I grew up having caravan holidays and I have such fond memories of them and I hope that Sophie will do too.
Do you have any other tips for going on holiday with a young child?