Ready, Steady, ROADTRIP! Our multi-stop camping adventure begins here!
With the freedom that family sites bring, in my opinion, camping (at least once) with your little ones is a must, but lugging equipment can be a logistical nightmare and sometimes, let’s be honest, we all crave a little relaxation!
Cue Canvas Holidays. Celebrating its 35th year, Clean, well planned sites, ready to roll tents, caravans and lodges which offer those little extras are a formula which have helped to create many a memory. This summer we are switching it up a gear with a multi-stop camping adventure tour and we are all very excited! Our kids are 5, 8 and ahem… 20! So whilst this may well be our last together it’s going to be a blast, and making sure there is something for everyone is essential!
How to plan a family camping road trip?
With summer fast approaching here are my top tips for getting ready for a family camping road trip.
- Choose your wish list of places. Involve the children in choosing sites; Show them pictures to help build the excitement and get them ready for what’s to come.
- Safety first: Check the rules for the road, especially in each country if you are driving, I make cue cards for each with the main, current rules for each, held together with a key ring. (Blog post to follow).
- Pack an easily accessible first aid pack and make sure you are carrying essentials like warning triangles and breathalysers – required by law in some countries.
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- Entertainment on route. Loads of options here, including your usual candidates, plus DVD players are a great way to turn your backseats into the cinema. You can make a road trip bingo hall, listen to audio CDs, even work in a little karaoke! Make the journey an adventure rather than a chore.
- Pack with some space. This year we will be using a roof box to give the children more space while travelling. We allow them to pack a small bag of favourite toys or activities which they can easily access.
- Snacks! Snacks for the trip, snacks for when you arrive! Snacks snacks snacks are the key to a harmonious journey!
- Relax! You’ve earned it!
I could go on… but I thought I’d share our Multi-Stop Camping Adventure for this year. To be clear this is the holiday we were booking before we agreed to work with Canvas this year. As returning customers we are looking forward to trying out a range of accommodation in 3 different countries.
Here comes the good bit…
4 stops, 20 days… Switzerland (literally always wanted to go here,) Italy, Lake Garda then a few days near Venice , France, then finally home.
Stop one… Camping Manor Farm
Known as the gateway to the mountains, Interlaken is a 5-minute road trip from Camping Manor Farm. Boasting cable cars and a railway up to the Jungfraujoch, the highest railway station in Europe, the contrast of options here makes the area a treat for all.
Our plans? Adventure by day and calm by night. Past visitor reviews praise both Canvas staff and the site itself, with many planning their return trips. After our first long drive I literally can’t wait to soak in the serenity of the lake in the evening and take in the breath-taking scenery.
Stop two…Camping Bella Italia
5-star family service awaits at the bustling site in Italy. In contrast to the oasis of Interlaken, our days here, in one of Lake Garda’s busiest resorts will be filled with waterslides and entertainment. Though the site promises a relaxed pace of life I’m not sure my little ones will take this on board! The sights and sensations of luxurious Italian Ice cream and amongst others, a trip to Movie Land just 40 minutes drive away are going to be a must at Camping Bella Italia. The site itself offers a range of relaxation and entertainment for adults and children alike, with a site run children’s club which will no doubt be used at some point during our stay.
Busy days exploring the area and fun nights with entertainment for all the family; a variety of restaurants and snack bars and a Moda Mobile home with all important air-conditioning all promise a comfortable and fun packed stay with exploration, relaxation and enjoyment at its heart.
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Stop three…Marina de Venezia
Our final stop in Italy is Marina de Venezia. As the only adult in our party who hasn’t been to Italy, spending a few days in easy distance of Venice is something that was really important to me; I will be looking out for the best ways to visit with children, maybe even managing to sneak in some romance for our 10-year wedding anniversary – where better to spend it than ‘The city of love?!’
Highlights of the site here are the entertainment and pool complex; boasting 6 swimming pools, large children’s pool and wealth of shops, bars and restaurants.
Looking at Canvas’ own photographs of the site, shrieks of excitement rang out for the mini train on the large site, with excitement also building for beach and sea, just a stone’s throw from the placements. Whilst I’m sure a trip to Venice will be a highlight, the site promises to be a treat for all ages.
Stop four…Camping L’Idéal
Planning a successful multi stop certainly involves making sure that each part feels like an adventure and Camping L’Ideal looks nothing less than ideal!
Although as adults we will now be on our return, the party will continue, with a backdrop to dream of and options of paragliding and hiking! We will be having our own celebration here as our middle man turns 9 and the vast array of activities and resources promises fun for all, even including a treasure trail.
With lots to explore in the local area, the site is an idea base for water sport lovers, or, like me, patisserie lovers which I’m sure we will have to sample!
We are only here for a few days and some rest will be essential in preparation for our long drive home. Looking at the views alone I can’t imagine this will be an issue! Kids disco, shows and music and restaurants to cater for sociable evenings await.
I hope you follow along on our journey – we can’t wait!