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What to pack for an Al Fresco Holidays mobile home holiday 

We’ve now been on three wonderful Al Fresco Holidays mobile home holidays in Europe – one in France and two in Italy. The great thing about staying with the same company in different places is that you know exactly what to expect from their accommodation. Here’s what we pack for an Al Fresco Holidays mobile home holiday and what you can expect to find when you get there.

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Read about each of our holidays: Yellow Village! Pin Parasol, The Vendée | Camping Eden, Lake Garda | Norcenni Girasole Club, Tuscany

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If you have had a long journey the great news is when you arrive at your mobile home there’s always a couple of cold beers and bottles of water waiting in the fridge. 

What else is included in a Al Fresco Holidays mobile home? 

Rossini Riviera mobile home at Le Pin Parasol in France

We’ve always found our Al Fresco Holidays mobile homes really well equipped with all the utensils and cooking equipment we needed for our break. 

Here’s a list of what else is included:

  • Glasses
  • Mugs
  • Plates
  • Bowls
  • Serving dishes and bowls
  • Caffitiere 
  • Plastic plates bowls and cutlery for kids
  • Cutlery
  • Can and bottle openers
  • Knives
  • A lighter
  • Gas kettle
  • Egg cups
  • Pots and cans
  • A tray
  • Cooking utensils 
  • Oven trays
  • Kitchen bin
  • Draining rack
  • Gas oven and hob
  • Electric fan in each bedroom 
  • Fridge freezer
  • Microwave 
  • A single pillow for each person 
  • A blanket for each person (wool or fleece)
  • Mop and bucket
  • BBQ tools 
  • Dust pan and brush 
  • Ash tray
  • A couple of toilet rolls to get you started
  • Outdoor drying rack
  • Patio furniture to seat four
  • A covered veranda or sun umbrella
  • A child gate for the veranda
  • A pair of sun lounges or reclining chairs

Mobile home decking with canopy

There are some slight variations in what you’ll find in each mobile home but the list above is pretty standard. If something is missing, your Al Fresco rep can bring you a replacement.

Our mobile home in Tuscany also came with basic cleaning products. When we were in Lake Garda and The Vendée these were in the Al Fresco Holidays reception along with games and tourist information.

In The Vendée and Tuscany we had canopies over the decking outside our mobile home and in Lake Grada we had an umbrella.

Umbrella on decking outside mobile home

Here’s a tour of a Al Fresco Holidays Vivaldi 2 in Lake Garda so you can see more of what the mobile homes look like:

What you can pay extra for

Air conditioning

We used this a lot during our mobile home holidays in Italy in July and August so I’d recommend adding it to your holiday for comfort.

Bedding packs

These contain a bottom and top sheet plus a single pillow case for each person. You can buy double, twin and single bedding packs to suit your party.

Master bedroom of caravan at Pin Parasol - caravan holiday in France, Al Fresco Holidays

Twin bedroom in mobile home

Towels and swimming pool towels

The towel pack contains bath towel-sized towels. If you need hand towels pack these yourself. The swimming pool towels are bath sheet-sized. This saved a lot of room in our suitcases as we flew to each holiday. If you are driving then you may have room in your car.

Tot smiling wrapped in towel

Baby and toddler equipment

Al Fresco Holidays can supply a baby bath, high chair and travel cot, so you don’t need to bring these bulky items with you.

Your mobile home will come with a shower rather than a bath, which created quite a fuss when my girls were younger. They hated showers, so having a baby bath would make things easier to wash them off after a day at the pool.

What to pack for an Al Fresco Holidays mobile home holiday 

Al Fresco Holidays have mobile homes on 73 family-friendly campsites in Europe, which means they have swimming pools, play parks and kids clubs. In Tuscany there was a gym, exercise classes and an adventure park with high ropes and bungee trampolines.

Here’s what we pack to cover all the activities we do on an Al Fresco holiday:

Clothes

Make sure you pack plenty of clothes for outdoor fun. We always pack a couple of UV protective swim suits for the girls – we love Zoggs – along with hats, sun glasses, beach shoes, and goggles.

Tot having fun in waterpark

Some European sites also require you to wear bathing caps. We found this at Camping Eden in Lake Garda.

Tot wearing a swim cap in pool

For days out and activities we made sure we packed some comfy, closed toe shoes like our Keen Newport H2 sandals or Terradora walking shoes for hikes. Flip flops were the footwear of choice for all other occasions. 

Family in Florence

When the girls weren’t in the pool they wore shorts and t-shirts, short play suits, or sun dresses. In the evenings there’s often a kids disco so I pack a few party dresses for them to recycle during the holiday.

Baby on mobile home veranda

I also pack a light jumper and rain coat for each of them but they rarely have to wear these because we have been so lucky with the weather.

My wardrobe and Mr Tin Box’s followed a similar pattern, with a few less party dresses for Mr TB!

Flat shoes really are essential for this kind of holiday as you’ll be doing a lot of walking around the campsite and if you venture off site to see the sights. I clocked up quite a few miles in my Keen Elsa pumps in Tuscany.

Keen Elsa sneakers

Consumables

If you have room in your luggage you can save yourself a bit of money if you bring along a few small consumable items.

Lightweight and non-bulky items that you might want to think about bringing with you on your Al Fresco Holidays break include:

  • A washing up sponge or cloth
  • A small bottle of washing liquid
  • A few bin bags
  • Hand wash/soap
  • Anti-bac wipes
  • A tea towel

In Tuscany, a tea towel and washing up sponge were provided, along with washing up liquid, a stain remover spray and cleaning spray and some tin foil. There were also some citronella sticks. These don’t come as standard so may have been left by previous guests.

Travel essentials

Of course, don’t forget to pack holiday these essentials:

  • passports
  • EHIC cards (pre-Brexit)
  • a copy of your travel insurance
  • travel adaptors
  • Al Fresco Holidays itinerary with will your booking information.

Take a look at more for my packing lists for travel with kids.

For more information about holidays with Al Fresco Holidays check out its website for plenty of destination and holiday park inspiration.

Disclosure: we have been on press trips when we have stayed with Al Fresco Holidays, but I haven’t been asked to write this post. I just thought it might be useful if you are planning a similar holiday. Some of the items mentioned in this post, such as the Zoggs swimwear and KEEN shoes have been sent to us as gifts.

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