What to pack for a motorhome trip with kids

Weight limit in mind, lets get packing!

We’re all packed up. It feels like the only thing we haven’t brought is the kitchen sink! But we have brought a wash basin and drainer so we’re not far off! This might be a bit boring but it is an exhaustive list of everything we have packed. I’ve tried to keep it reasonable, I’ve not listed each individual toiletry.  I’ve also categorised everything. Let me know if you spot something I might have forgotten:

Clothes:

  • Clothes for the family (the question is whether to leave a whole wardrobe in the rig or pack a bag each time we go away). We have opted for leaving a minimal wardrobe in the rig and taking extra for each trip.
  • Underwear
  • Pyjamas
  • Shoes
  • Walking boots
  • Slippers
  • Try these Aldi Crock style shoes – they’re perfect option somewhere between a shoe and a slipper
  • Waterproofs
  • Hat, scarf, gloves
  • Swimming costumes
  • Towels
  • Eye mask
  • Ear plugs

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Toiletries:

  • General toiletries (don’t forget your toothbrushes)
  • Toilet roll
  • Hair dryer
  • Hair straighteners
  • Sun cream
  • Hand soap

General:

  • First aid box
  • Games
  • Fairy lights
  • Phone charger
  • Folding chairs
  • Bikes
  • Bike helmets
  • Fly swatter
  • Dustpan and brush

Kitchen:

  • Crockery
  • Cutlery
  • Utensils
  • Cups and mugs
  • Egg cups
  • Cheese grater
  • Pans
  • Collapsible drainer and tray
  • Collapsible washing up bowl
  • Collapsible colander
  • Oven tray
  • Sponge
  • Washing up liquid
  • Tea towel
  • Cleaning spray
  • Bin
  • Bin bags
  • Plastic bags for shopping
  • Food and drink
  • Tea and coffee
  • Water

Bedding:

  • Sheets
  • Pillows
  • Duvets

I have tried to make the rig more homely and have added some pictures that our daughter has done at nursery.  Simple really.

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Baby:

  • Wipes
  • Nappies
  • Baby bowls, spoons and sippy cups
  • Baby clothes
  • Dummies
  • Car seat
  • High chair
  • Baby monitor
  • Push chair
  • Toys and books

With the car seat, we went with the Joie Every Stage Child Restraint. The motorhome doesn’t have Isofix so we needed a seat that can be fixed in place with a seatbelt. This seat seemed to have the best safety rating and it can be used right the way through to age 12.

I was concerned about the sleeping arrangements for our daughter as she is in the bed at the back over the garage. There is a child net there which hooks onto the ceiling but it is quite lose and I am majorly concerned she could fall out. We had a few different thoughts on solutions from baby gates to bed guards. In the end we went with the Dreambaby Retractable Gate from Argos. It fits the whole gap and nearly goes right up to the ceiling and we can retract it quickly if our daughter needs us in the night. She can also see through when she is on the bed. I feel much happier now that she is completely safe.

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Practical:

  • Window blinds in the cab
  • Fan heater
  • Air conditioning unit
  • Toilet chemicals
  • Food grade fresh water hose
  • Tap adaptors
  • Wheel ramps
  • Wheel chocks
  • Gas spanner
  • Gas bottle
  • Electric cable
  • Electric cable adaptors UK and EU
  • Tool kit
  • Bungee straps
  • Wind break
  • Fire extinguisher

I am sure we will have forgotten something and also packed way too much of other things but you’ve got to start somewhere. We just need to get a weekend away booked so we can try it out!

Investing in a motorhome

Taking the plunge and investing in a motorhome. Decisions, decisions …

My husband and I have decided to take the plunge and invest in a motorhome.  My husband works from home and I work full time.  For this reason we don’t get to spend a lot of quality family time with our one year old daughter.  We wanted a reason to get away from the house at weekends.  You know what it is like – you spend all week working and then at the weekend you end up doing DIY, or gardening, or cleaning.  Meaning we spend even less time as a family.

We want our daughter to grow up in the outdoors, spending quality time with her mummy and daddy and also learning about and seeing lots of different places around our beautiful island.  We also wanted something that would allow us to go away regularly without breaking the bank.

So we have bought a Roller Team Zefiro 690 G.  It will sleep 6 people apparently but I feel like that would be very cramped, especially if it was raining.  I think a comfortable family of 2 adults and 2 children is more realistic.  But I will let you know, I might change my mind.

I thought I would start this blog to share our experiences so you can learn from our triumphs and also our mistakes.  I am going to post about everything from what to take, to where to go and what to cook so that you too might be encouraged to buy a home on wheels.  Also, it would be great if you would like to share your own experiences and I will try to feature as many of your ideas on the site as well.

I thought I’d start by telling you why we chose a motorhome over a caravan and why we chose a motorhome at all.  So, I am not a caravanner.  I was brought up on the other side of the fence as a camper.  I spent many a weekend away with my parents (I am an only child) in a little orange triangle (remember those?)  My husband on the other hand has grown up with caravans.  His parents and his two older sisters would regularly go away on rallies around the country and further afield at weekends and in school holidays.

So I had to have my arm twisted I have to admit.  My father’s voice echoed in my mind when My husband first told me about caravanning.  “No you don’t want a caravan”.  He actually bought a caravan when we had just started dating to live in as he worked away from home at the time and it was cheaper than staying in a hotel.  I wasn’t convinced, imagining it to be cold and dismal.  I was pleasantly surprised when we went away for a weekend in it, it was really toasty.  I only went in it a couple of times.  All the set up seemed a bit of a faff.

So when he suggested we invest in a motorhome I really wasn’t sure.  But he persuaded me to go and look round some.  We went to a dealer and clambered in and out of about 14.  I had no idea there were so many different layouts.  I can see why really.  What we need as a family with a one year old is very different from a retired couple or a larger family with older children.  The one he had picked I did have to reluctantly agree did seem the best.  I could even picture myself calling it home (well, at the weekend).  On a second visit we took it out for a test drive.  It reminded me of my school days in the back of a minibus on the way to a netball tournament.

OK yes, with a few fairly lights and all our essentials, I had to admit, I was quite excited about the chance to spend some quality family time in the motorhome.