Take a break in a caravan, for a fun and affordable holiday. It may be a little cramped and windy, but the overheads of caravan sites are low, so prices are good if you need a budget holiday. Although some people buy caravans, most people rent a static one, which usually includes all mod cons. Most sites are also near nice forests or good beaches. Also see let’s all go on a camping holiday.
- Use zero waste feminine care products. Many camping toilets use composting toilets, so reusables are a better choice anyway. You can even buy organic ‘period underwear’ that you wash when you get home.
- If you smoke, Boodi is a personal ashtray that immediately distinguishes cigarettes, to safely dispose of later on (good to protect wildlife and prevent wildfires). There’s also a beach version, that uses sand. Caravan sites can help by offering cigarette litter bins and chewing gum bins (most gum contains pet-toxic xylitol, so it’s important to dispose of it safely).
- Choose beer wrapped in biodegradable cardboard (better than plastic-wrapped cans or glass that could harm wildlife if discarded or smashed). Stella Artois sells vegan beer in cardboard packaging.
- No washing machine? Scrubba Wash Bag (like a modern washboard) offers a machine-quality wash (use Allurette for delicate) along with biodegradable washing powder.
- Power a Life sells chargers for your phone that help give natural light to developing countries. The PAL Solar Lantern is good for outdoor light. Natural Collection sells good solar and wind-up torches, lanterns & radios.
- Ensure caravan is pet-friendly if taking them. Read this book to keep your dog safe for tips, and find good dog-walking areas before you leave.
Leave No Trace
Follow the 7 steps:
- Plan ahead & prepare
- Travel & camp in durable surfaces
- Dispose of waste properly
- Leave what you find
- Minimise campfire impacts
- Respect wildlife
- Be considerate of other visitors
Where to Find Good Caravan Sites
- Cool Camping lists good sites to park your caravan. Situated in beautiful countryside, find details on hard standings and service pitches. Electric hook-ups are available on most sites.
- The Quiet Site (Lake District) is a pioneering campsite, with a ‘quiet bar’ and zero waste shop.
- Camppace works a bit like Air B n B, but people instead rent out their gardens, for people to camp in. It’s a good way to earn some passive income if you have a large garden.
- Goboony is a site where you can rent a motorhome. Choose from over 2000 campers, including dog-friendly for travel across UK and Europe. This is a friendly community of cheerful owners.