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Going on a family holiday is a great way to explore new destinations while enjoying the comforts of home.
Caravan and Cabin parks are a popular choice because they provide a large range of facilities and amenities to make your stay enjoyable.
However, with so many people in one place, practicing good etiquette and following ‘unofficial camping rules’ is as equally important as following the written caravan/cabin park rules to make sure everyone has a great holiday.
Here are our top tips for staying on the good side of your fellow neighbours…
1. Get Sociable
There’s a sense of freedom within a caravan/cabin park where kids can explore and adults can enjoy snippets of time away as adults. What better opportunity to meet new people?
Be friendly and polite to your neighbours, and don’t be afraid to have a chat – you’ll meet people from all over the country and from all walks of life. You never know what friends you’ll make and also learn from their adventures and/or road-travel setup.
2. Respect Space
Parks can be crowded places, especially during peak season and long weekends. Take care where you’re parking your car, awning ropes and kids bikes.
Keep within the confines of your allocated site and avoid walking through the middle of others sites to take shortcuts. You may make new friends but best to not always assume!
3. Know Your Crowd
First sleep-in of your holidays and you’ve just been woken by someone cranking up their generator at 6am – not ideal! As to with music blasting across the park late at night. Keep to the 10pm universal ‘curfew’ with low chatter after this time. Respect other people’s space and sleep within the park and try to keep noise levels down where possible.
It pays to keep an open mind – everyone sleeps a little differently when not in their own bed and a family with young kids is likely to appreciate kind words in the morning over glares from a crying baby – they’ve probably haven’t enjoyed as much sleep as you did.
4. Kids vs Peace
Some of the best memories can be made at caravan parks, and that sense of freedom may come with a little extra noise and flamboyancy.
But it’s important for kids to remember to not disturb other holidaymakers who may be seeking a little more quiet time. Encourage your kids to be respectful of other people’s space, roadways and the communal amenities area.
It’s also important that parents are always able to supervise, especially around the playground and swimming pool – take responsibility for your kids and don’t leave that to the park owners.
5. Love thy Lawn
Park lawned areas are hit hard, especially during peak season with caravans and cars continually rolling over them. Help keep the sites looking good for the next person to come in, just as you would like it to look when you visit.
Make sure to use the drains and waste areas provided rather than tipping hot water on the lawn.
6. Be Considerate
While you’re visiting your ‘home away from home’, keep in mind that everyone else is as well. Use common courtesy and leave facilities as you found them, or make sure to report any issues you come across. Don’t leave rubbish outside your caravan or litter the park.
Make sure you dispose of your waste responsibly, including your grey water and chemical toilet. Avoid leaving your clothes in the washing machines for too long, and always ensure to clean up after yourself. The same applies to the bathroom and shower facilities – leave them clean and tidy for the next person to use.
Parks can be busy places, and it’s essential to drive safely – stick to the speed limit and be aware of children and pets that may be playing nearby. Ensure to leave enough space for other vehicles to pass safely when parking your car or caravan.
7. Fire Away
Be sure to check with us before lighting your camp fire and follow our regulations at all times. Don’t push limits within the fire ban season – bans are there for a reason during the summer months. Make sure not to cut down trees if you have been asked not to and bring your own wood instead.
Always make sure to have a fire extinguisher within your camping supplies for emergencies if you are looking to have a fire and ensure that it’s well and truly extinguished before leaving.
8. Pawsome Manners
Pet-friendly parks are on the rise – who wants to leave their best friend behind anyway! But it’s important to practice good pet etiquette to ensure a pleasant experience for everyone.
Be mindful of noise levels and ensure your pet doesn’t disturb other holidaymakers. It’s also important to always supervise your pet and not leave them unattended in your caravan or tent.
Always follow the park policies regarding pet friendly rules.
If you are bringing your dog, keep in mind that not everyone is a dog person – there may be fear associated or allergies. Always keep your pet on a leash and make sure to clean up after them. Obedience is a crucial step for a relaxing pet-friendly holiday.
View our Pet Policy.