I realise caravanning isn’t everyone’s cup of tea. But I also genuinely believe most people would enjoy it if they gave it a go. After all, it’s essentially glamping on wheels.
With that in mind, I hope to debunk eight myths about caravans and caravanning with a little tour of Tin Box – a 2009 Bailey Senator Arizona.
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Myth 1: You have to pee in a bucket
Let’s flush this one down the pan straight away (sorry, couldn’t resist it!). The toilet facilities of modern caravans are very civilised. Yes, they operate a little differently to the loo at home and you do have to empty the waste tank yourself, but the ‘top end’ is far removed from a bucket or anything you’d see at a festival.
Myth 2: It’s hard work
Caravanning is anything but gruelling. Hard work for me involves packing everything you need for a two week holiday into a few bags, lugging it around an airport and spending hours travelling in close proximity to people you don’t know. We have most of what we need already packed in the caravan before we travel, so just need to add clothes and food. When we get to where we’re going it takes about half an hour to set up and our home away from home is ready.
Myth 3: you can’t have a proper wash
Caravan showers have come on a lot since I was a kid. I was able to fit in our shower at seven months pregnant no problems. With a 40 litre Aquaroll we can both have a hot shower (separately of course), Tin Box Tot can have a bath in her special tub, and we have enough water for washing up and cooking to last us more than a day.
Myth 4: Caravanning is for old people
I may be in my early 30s but I’d like to consider myself still young. We have plenty of friends of our age and younger who caravan. It’s a great activity for families. We started before TBT even came along.
Myth 5: You have to live on a diet of beans
While this would making holidaying in a confined space more, er, interesting nasally, it’s not the case. Our kitchen comes equipped with a fridge and ice box, sink and removable draining board, a four ring gas hob, gas oven and microwave for when we are on electic hook up.
Then there’s the option to barbecue, which to be honest, we do the most.
Myth 6: It’s cold in caravans
We’re always snug as bugs in Tin Box. Caravans are well insulated and come with gas/electric fires that heat things up in no time. Ours has blown air heating but some of the newest models even have under floor heating.
Myth 7: You’ll sleep badly
This is our lounge area, which makes up into our bed at night. Its a good king-sized double and I can honestly say I’ve had some of my best nights sleep here.
The window blinds cut out more light than our curtains at home and spending lots of time in the fresh air always helps me get a good snooze.
Myth 8: It’s boring
Holidays are what you make of them. We choose to caravan with a group, which means we have the option to make our own fun or join in with activities that are being organised.
We also go on day trips, walks and, on occasion, socialise over a few drinks. If we were bored, we’d have no one other than ourselves to blame. I love hearing what people think about my blog so feel free to leave a comment below. You can also follow me on Bloglovin’, and find me on Twitter, Facebook and Pinterest.
I'm a mummy with a passion for travel and writing. Tin Box Traveller is my way of sharing my family's adventures and maybe inspire others to explore with us along the way. I live in Devon in the UK with my two young daughters, Royal Navy husband and our labrador retriever.