We’ve now been on two caravan holidays with the toddler, so we’ve got a few tips for what to take up our sleeves! Both caravan holidays were to Parkdean sites staying in a static caravan, the first Ruda Holiday Park in Croyde, North Devon, which we thoroughly recommend, and the second to West Bay, Dorset – where Broadchurch is filmed (review soon)! This caravan holiday packing list takes into account all the extras you need when going to a static caravan with a toddler and has been tested twice so far and we think it works!
Once we add baby into the mix too, I’ll have to write a new caravan packing list as I’m sure baby will need stuff too!!
- Bath towels
- Hand towels
- 2-3 Soaps (one for each bathroom & kitchen)
- Tooth brushes
- Toothpaste – adult and toddler!! – We forgot the Toddlers’ tooth paste the first time!
- Toilet roll
- washing up liquid
- tea towels
- sandwich bags
- bin bags (we only had one provided)
- antibac wipes
- Kitchen roll
Kitchen – food basics
- cooking oil
- bed guard or travel cot (these can be provided, but are often incur an extra charge)
- toddler duvet/sleeping bag
- toddler blankets (for extra warmth)
- toddler’s cutlery
- toddler’s plate/bowl
- toddler’s dressing gown and slippers (we had central heating & double glazing but it was still a bit chilly in the morning)
- bed time things e.g. cuddly toys/ lightshow projector/books
- step for cleaning teeth/washing hands
- bucket and spade
- dvds of any programmes in the toddler’s routine (we had freeview, but not all channels and you might be out of the normal routine and miss the live version!)
It may also be useful to take a portable folding stair gate to stop the toddler escaping their room/entering the living area.
- waterproof jackets and trousers
- decent trainers/walking boots/wellies
- sun hat
- sun tan cream
- Usual clothes & underwear!
- Swim wear
- Towel each for pool
We stayed in a caravan with central heating and double glazing in September and in March and it made a huge difference athough could still it cold first thing.
If yours doesn’t have these (I’d recommend you get one that does!), then you’ll also need:
- warm clothes for sleeping in
- toddler/baby’s sleeping bag
- extra blankets/duvets
- slippers/dressing gowns for everyone
I hope this static caravan holiday packing list helps, and if you have any other suggestions, please pop them in the comments and I’ll add them in (with a link to you!).
Toddlers really do add quite a bit to your packing list!
Happy caravan holidays!
Croyde North Devon - a perfect place for a cheap family holiday - Ruda Holiday Park - toddler friendly caravan holidaysApril 21, 2017 at 9:05 am
[…] my full packing list for a caravan holiday with a toddler has been tried and tested twice now as we’ve since been to West Bay in Dorset […]
Natalie | Surviving Life's HurdlesApril 22, 2017 at 9:02 pm
I love West Bay Dorset, we stayed there last summer with our toddler and it’s beautiful and we had a great time. Watching Broadchurch over the last few weeks has mad me long to go back. We are off to Brighton this year though, which I’m really looking forward to! This is a really handy list, it’s so easy to forget something really important as there is just so much to remember! x #TheListLinky
Maid in DartmoorApril 24, 2017 at 3:36 pm
I really could of done with this last week! I usually just go from room to room winging it. great list #thelistlinky
AudreyJune 9, 2017 at 7:02 pm
A great list! I could have done with this when my kids were younger. I’ll definetly be sharing this for my friends with little one, save them a lot time.
TadejApril 13, 2018 at 7:44 am
A handy packing list, it will come handy, thank you.
Lyndsey O'HalloranAugust 23, 2019 at 9:04 pm
We always take DVDs to a caravan as there generally isn’t WIFI for the tablet! Saves morning boredom a bit.
Sarah HoweAugust 24, 2019 at 2:09 pm
This is such a comprehensive list! So many things you have to take though to be comfortable!! Lol.
JenniAugust 24, 2019 at 11:30 pm
I’ve never been camping before in my life, neither in a tent nor a caravan. But my boys keep bugging me that they want to go camping, so your list may come in handy soon.
ClaireAugust 7, 2020 at 8:51 am
Great list. We’ve stayed in static caravans a lot. Such a great way to holiday.
KaraAugust 27, 2019 at 11:43 am
I need to bookmark this, I always forget something!!
ZoeAugust 6, 2020 at 8:18 pm
Great list! Never ever forget their home comforts. We have learned this the hard way! Washing up liquid can be bought, but nothing will be the same as your toddlers favourite teddy!
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Karen LeggeAugust 7, 2020 at 6:21 am
I’ve only done one caravan holiday but luckily it was a friend’s so we just had to bring ourselves. Very comprehensive lost though!
JenniAugust 7, 2020 at 9:19 pm
I’ve never been on a caravan holiday before but I’ll keep this in mind if I ever do. I love a good packing list!
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