Posted: Friday, 19 August 2016 @ 12:51
Not everyone chooses to holiday in another country when there’s so much to offer right here in the UK. Kids holiday camps, caravan parks and camping spots make for a great family short break – and with the Euro exchange rate getting worse by the day, more families will be opting for a staycation this year.
If you’re planning on a British summer break, have a read of our top five staycation tips for homeowners.
1. Pack for the weather
A summer holiday in Britain is not your average summer holiday, and you know too well how fast the weather can turn. You’ll probably experience all four seasons in a week! It’s essential to be prepared for whatever weather you face, as hiking in flip flops and walking along the beach in the rain with no coat is not fun. If you’re taking children then it’s really important to layer up and bring a variety of footwear for different weather and activities.
2. Entertainment for the journey
Even a couple of hours in the car can be a challenge for young children, so you need to do everything you can to distract them from the dreaded question – “Are we there yet?!” Pack books, toys, iPads or anything else which will keep them quiet for a while. You can play games with older children such as Eye Spy, which can help pass the time.
3. Pack up with logic
One of the best things about holidaying in the UK is that you have your car, and you can take whatever you want. There are no restrictions on luggage, liquids, food etc so you can really make the most of the independence. That means families can go a little overboard, though. Don’t start packing up the car without a plan. Think which way you can pack the cases and bags so you can squeeze everything in, making sure all passengers can still sit comfortably for the drive.
4. Take games
As previously mentioned, you may have a few rainy days on your holiday and depending on where you are staying, there may not be a lot to do. Being stuck in a small tent, caravan or hotel room with no entertainment can be very frustrating! Prepare for the worst and take some games to keep all the family happy. A pack of cards, a bouncy ball and some board games can really save the day.
5. Check you’ve locked up
The security of your home should be a top priority whenever you go away. If you just have the one car and you’re taking it on holiday, this can be an advertisement to criminals. Don’t leave in a rush so you have plenty of time to check the house. Lock all windows and doors, and make sure they keys aren’t in sight. You can also ask a neighbour to keep an eye out for you while you’re enjoying your staycation.