Every year millions of us take a touring holiday in the UK. Whether you want coast or country, tranquil or action-packed, you can guarantee there’s the perfect touring park for you somewhere in the UK.
But touring holidays, and that initial long journey (if you’re travelling far), can be a little stressful, especially if you’re relatively new to the game.
Towing a large caravan along narrow lanes or in unfamiliar surrounds, while trying to make sense of your sat nav’s confusing instructions, can test even the calmest of heads.
So, to help you have the best possible touring holiday in Somerset, we’ve put together a few top tips to help your holiday go off without a hitch…
Research is key
It may sound straight forward, but take plenty of time to plan where you’ll be spending your holiday. If your heart is set on a particular location then research plenty of websites, read reviews, check prices and make sure you choose the site that’s right for you and your family.
Some websites can be misleading when conveying the touring field’s proximity to noisy clubhouses, busy roads or other undesirable locations on park. One touring park can be very different to another, so take your time and choose the right spot for you. Old Oaks is renowned as peaceful and tranquil touring caravan site in Somerset, so you’re guaranteed a quiet escape here (if that’s what you’re looking for…)
Let’s be honest, we all want to holiday on the best pitch on park. But, due to demand, timings and other factors, this isn’t always possible. Make sure you know exactly where your pitch is going to be on the park before you arrive. Handily, at Old Oaks you can pick your own pitch so you’ll know exactly where you’ll be sited.
Check your caravan
Whether you’re travelling a few miles or a few hundred miles it always pays to check the condition of your caravan before you set off. We’re not talking about a full RAC-style inspection, but a few basic checks is really important. Tyre blow-outs can be scary, so make sure your tyres are in good condition, have plenty of tread left on them and are not too old. Tyres over five years old can develop hair-line cracks, which make them susceptible to blow-outs under heavy load.
Plan your journey
As we know, sat navs are useful and frustrating in equal measure. One minute you’re sailing along nicely, the next you’re being advised to take the narrowest of routes along a windy lane. Not ideal when you’re towing a large caravan. So, take some time to plan your route. Use tools such as Google Street View on sections of road that you know might be tricky. This will make the whole journey a lot less stressful.
If it’s your first touring experience and you need a little extra help, why not take a look at this handy vide from the RAC.