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Caravanning for the first time

This week my husband and I took the dog caravanning for the first time. It was like a trial-holiday, to see if we have everything we need, as we have an old, used caravan. Well, it went very good, even better than expected. For example, I realized I need lots of other things to make the caravanning trip even smoother, like clips for opened snack bags. I could have taken a few from home, but I didn’t think I would need them.
As we bought an old caravan, we were expecting it to have some issues, but it’s pretty good. We discovered that the full awning has a couple of poles missing. It’s not a big thing, as we can order them from the manufacturer’s website. Now we know how to put up the awning and that is helpful too.

After this post, I will make a few more posts about what I cooked in the caravan, about the games we played and the things we visited. It was only a 4-day trip, but we managed to visit quite a few places and I’ll blog about them in the following month.

01 Caravanning for the first time
We went to Anglesey, found a lovely and quiet caravan site a few minutes off the motorway and we set up the caravan. The caravan site was in a lovely location and there were lots and lots of bunnies running around and having a snack near the caravans. Festus wanted to chase them, but he wasn’t as keen as he is on cats. We obviously took him out with the lead on, so it’s easier to distract him.

02 Caravanning for the first time
Festus loved the caravan, he felt at home as soon as he got in. I was expecting him to sniff everywhere and get a little excited, but he didn’t. He was relaxed from the beginning. We’ve discovered that the caravan feels spacious when we are relaxing, but doing the bed is quite a struggle. So hubby was so helpful and was taking the dog out for a play while I was making the bed…

03 Caravanning for the first time
The bed is huge. The caravan is a 2 berth, but I think 2 adults and a couple of kids can sleep there without any issues.

04 Caravanning for the first time
Festus waited to have his paws cleaned before getting into the caravan. He was funny when we was jumping in or out the caravan, as he saw the step as a thing to be avoided.

05 Caravanning for the first time
The bunnies. There were so many, I could count up to 10 at a time. Although they were a little scared of us and as soon as we were out with the camera they were jumping in the nearby hedgerow.

06 Caravanning for the first time
Hubby was able to get a close-up of one of the bunnies. I think he had 3 brothers, as there were 4 small bunnies exactly near our caravan. We used to watch them have their breakfast while we were having our breakfast.

07 National Slate Museum
We visited the National Slate Museum, but it wasn’t fully opened and there wasn’t the slate splitting demonstration on the day we’ve been. So it wasn’t as exciting as I hoped for, but I would go back and visit it when all the exhibits are open to the public.

08 Llanfairpwllgwyngyllgogerychwyrndrobwllllantysiliogogogoch
We’ve also been to the village of Llanfairpwllgwyngyllgogerychwyrndrobwllllantysiliogogogoch. It’s a Welsh name that is translated as: St Mary’s Church in the Hollow of the White Hazel near a Rapid Whirlpool and the Church of St. Tysilio near the Red Cave. Is listed in the Guinness Book of Records and it’s the village with the longest name in the World.

Other places that we’ve visited and I will post about are Electric Mountain, Caernarfon Castle, Holy Island and Rex Whistler.

21 Comment

  1. I have been on static carvan sites but never had my own caravan. Looks like you had fun. Love that welsh name, could you say it? Thanks for linking to out and about. A new linky is live now if you have any adventures to share.

  2. I’ve never being on a caravan trip, it sounds exciting. And the bed looks very big. Glad your dog enjoyed the trip as well.

  3. So pleased for you Anca! Hope you enjoy lots of lovely holidays in your caravan and good luck with any DIY projects you do 🙂 Would love to see more photos of the caravan – it looks amazing! xxx Cassie xxx

  4. So glad you had a great time caravanning! And I think you’re so brave taking a dog in the caravan! I love the slate museum area but not visited the museum itself for a while now. Did you get to see the Quarrymen Cottages? They were taken down brick by brick from my home village. I was a kid watching them do it. Was pretty amazing to see them built up somewhere else. I actually remember people living in those houses! Did you visit Vivian Quarry whilst you were there? If not I would recommend a visit. It’s just so lovely! x

    1. I didn’t visit the quarry or the cottages, they sound very interesting. I will keep them in mind for the next holiday in north Wales. xx

  5. Nothing better than a trip with the fur family. The only place I go without Baker is Disney, but he stays with his Daddy for that week. It’s nice so many places are becoming dog friendly but caravans are extra awesome for that because you are away from other people etc. We haven’t ever been on a caravan holiday before.
    Look how fab he is sitting waiting nicely to get his paws dried! So sweet.


  6. Looks amazingly relaxing! I used to love caravan holidays as a child. Your dog is just so cute too 🙂


  7. I used to go caravanning with my parents when I was younger. I felt so claustrophobic it was unreal so they ended up getting me a tent to go outside. Hehe.
    The doggy seems very relaxed!

  8. I think it was a good idea to have a trial-holiday relatively close to home to make sure you had everything you needed. Plus Anglesey is such a lovely place to visit.

    I’m glad everything went well. That bed does look huge!

  9. I think this looks like a lot of fun, except for the driving… Do you take turns driving and pulling the caravan, or does your husband like to do it? Here in California tent camping works fine in the summer, but that’s because we don’t get much rain. In all the many places where it can rain anytime during the year, pulling a little house makes a lot of sense.

    1. Only my husband drives. I would be scared to drive with the caravan towed. 🙂

  10. I’ve ALWAYS wanted to visit that Station!!!! Such a cool name!!!! The caravan looks v nice and very comfy! Glad that you enjoyed it and Festus too! The bunnies are cute!x

  11. We used to go Caravanning a lot when I was a child and I absolutely loved it – there was something great about all the on site activities as well as the freedom. x

  12. Festus looks very chilled out in that van. Looks like you had a great time, I would’ve been a bit unsure about caravanning with a dog but sounds like it worked out well for you.

  13. Oh this makes me want a caravan again! I had a tourer for years and we loved it. I would love another one, but fear my car is not well enough to tow 🙁 Great post – I look forward to reading more. Kaz x

  14. Festus is adorable! Glad you had a good trip, look forward to reading about the places you visited x

  15. HOW AWESOME! A caravan is perfect for you and your hubby since you are always going on trips 🙂 can’t wait to hear more about your adventures. Could you post more photos of the interior? I’ve never seen a caravan from the inside! Festus is so funny, but glad he felt at home. Wow, that is the weirdest village name I’ve ever read hehe 🙂 x

    1. I’ll share more pictures in future posts, of course. I was thinking of doing a Caravanning 101 type of post. x

      1. That would actually be really interesting! And definitely unique, too, I’d personally love to read something like that ? x

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