My family had our first Eurocamp holiday in May (we went to La Garangeoire). Beforehand, I spent ages googling what to pack. We didn't do traditional camping as we stayed in a holiday home. This meant that we didn't have to take everything. But I wanted to pack wisely so that the car wasn't overly, and uncomfortably, full. So I thought I would offer my own Packing Checklist for any of you planning to visit Eurocamp.
- If you're only going for a week, pack clothes for the entire duration of your visit. One week is too short to have to go to the laundry block. Make sure everyone has two pairs of swimming suits/trunks so that you can swim every day and not have to wear wet suits. And even though the days are warm, you might get chilly at night so make sure everyone has proper pyjamas so they can feel cosy at bedtime. Pack trainers as well as sandals/flip-flops. And don't forget sunglasses and hats.
- Since we're talking about swimming, make sure to bring beach towels/mats, floating aids and sandcastle equipment. If you're driving, these won't take up much room, and it means the kids will have them right away (if you're in a two-parent household, this means that one parent can unpack while the other parent takes the kids to the pool).
- The kitchen is the room that most people care about when it comes to packing. All the basics are provided (even a cafetiere). But we brought our own big mugs (I detest a small cup of tea) as well as an extra tea towel. We did bring antibac wet wipes for easy cleaning, three rolls of kitchen towel and five bin bags. We received both the Essentials and the Welcome pack on arrival (£16 for both), which meant that we did not need to worry about bringing washing up liquid, a sponge, olive oil and salt and pepper (amongst many other things).
- We did not bring a lot of food from the UK as we were keen to enjoy all the lovely French food. I brought a few cartons of long-life Lactofree milk as my son and I are lactose-intolerant. We also brought snacks for the car ride, and a variety pack of mini cereals (a must for our family holidays). The welcome pack included tea and coffee but Husband and I brought our favourites from home.
- We also got the Linen and Towel Hire which saved us load of room in the car. I don't think we would have noticed it on the way there, but on the way home our car was full of booze (hooray for French wine!). I'm glad we didn't have to lug dirty sheets and wet towels home (which I would have then had to wash). I did wish I had brought a fitted sheet for the double bed as the sheet was moving all around the bed. I did bring some face cloths because I just love a face cloth.
- Normally I wouldn't pack a book on a family holiday. I never get the chance to relax and read. But I actually had free time on our Eurocamp holiday thanks to the fabulous kids' club. Just about every day, my children would spend two hours at the kids club while I went to the pool. I read two books and one magazine.
So, that's it. I hope I haven't forgotten anything. Although as the mum, I have been known to forget to pack my socks or underpants while everyone else has everything.