With international travel restrictions set to continue well into the future, many Britons might be considering swapping their overseas jaunt for something a little closer to home. Whether you’re heading on a humble tent holiday with the family, or off to experience a luxurious glamping holiday, there are some crucial things Britons shouldn’t forget when it comes to packing for a self-contained UK break.
One person who knows all about the do’s and don’ts of a UK staycation is the owner of Lovat Parks, Raoul Fraser.
Mr Fraser oversees parks in Cornwall, Kent, Norfolk, Suffolk and the New Forest, and is already seeing a boom in business.
As of April 12, when campsites reopened, some of the firm’s locations were as much as 80 percent full before the weekend had even hit.
Among the campers visiting his site were plenty of people who were visiting for the first time, and as Mr Fraser pointed out, there are a number of simple but crucial items holidaymakers sometimes forget to include in their luggage.
These items can vary “depending what type of holiday they have booked for”, he explained.
For traditional tent holidays, considering the elements you may encounter both during the day and at night time is crucial.
“If it is camping, holidaymakers should make sure that they have enough clothes,” he pointed out.
Even in the summer months, temperatures can drop overnight.
“Wrap up warm and make sure you have enough basic supplies,” Mr Fraser continued.
A “hot water bottle” is a great addition for those who are prone to feeling the chill.
“Campers should also have a sheet under their sleeping bag so it doesn’t get cold at night,” he added.
“Torches are really helpful,” he said.
“And portable charges or spare batteries for their phones are also great.”
The good news is, for those opting for a glamping or caravan holiday a lot of these items are not needed.
Across the board though, there is one crucial piece of advice Mr Fraser offers, regardless of the type of staycation accommodation holidaymakers opt for.
“Make sure you have all the kinds of foods to cook for the week,” he said.
Luckily, thanks to years of experience, Lovat Parks has already come up with more ways of accommodating even the most forgetful of guests.
“In the New Forest on our campsite, we have a pizza restaurant serving oven-baked pizzas which you can order through an app,” explained Mr Fraser.
“We have food fans who turn up on Friday at the weekend for fish and chips etcetera.
“We want people to come in our parks and chill.
“We obviously have a launderette and we have Wi-Fi in the caravans and holiday lodges which are strong enough to steam films.”
While holidaymakers should be sure to pack all of the “essentials”, being on hand to help is “important” for Lovat Parks.
“It is so important because our guests are on holiday and the whole team realise that they have a big responsibility,” said Mr Fraser.
“Some of our customers are coming to holiday with us for the only weeks of holiday in the year they have got. We have got to make it special.”