As we career towards a summer that hopefully includes lighter restrictions and more quality time spent with friends and family, more and more Brits are searching for an ideal holiday on which to do so.

As international travel is still limited, staycations are on our minds.

And 22 per cent more people are searching for 'caravan holidays UK' than are looking for 'city breaks UK', indicating that a good old fashioned British getaway is likely to be the big event of the summer.

Searches for log cabin escapes are often popular, but even they are being eclipsed by caravans - there are 410 per cent more monthly searches for them online.

At present, holidays in England, Scotland and Wales aren't allowed.

Holiday lets in England can reopen from April 12, and it's hoped that the rest of Britain will safely follow suit.

Based on this insight and assessing the most-searched questions from would-be caravanners, experts from UKCaravans4hire.com have shared their top tips help first-timers prepare for their ideal holiday.

Gareth Irving, director of UKCaravans4hire.com commented: “2021 is set to be the year of staycations. Whilst many people may have traditionally headed off to big holiday parks, it’s great to see so many now looking into a caravanning holiday.

“A caravan holiday suits all sorts of holidaymakers, from families to adventure-seekers, solo travellers, group holidaymakers, empty-nesters, animal lovers and more.

"There are so many amazing places to explore right here in the UK and the fact that such a big proportion of Brits are considering a staycation will only be a boost to the economy.

“With the increase we’ve seen in search demand for caravan holidays in the UK, holidaymakers who have yet to book should get moving if they want to secure their caravan staycation in 2021!”

Here are the UKCaravans4hire.com top tips:

What to take caravanning?

When prepping for a caravan holiday, experts recommend making a checklist. This should cover everything you need to take with you and ensure you don’t leave anything behind.

Your first port of call should be to check the caravan listing for what commodities come included with your stay. You may need to take things with you like a corkscrew, bottle opener and any other specific kitchen utensils if they are not listed. If you’re unsure, contact the booking agent/site and don’t be afraid to double-check.

Make sure you also consider activities and what items you may need for these, think about both outdoor and indoor activities.

Taking along a HDMI cable with a laptop or tablet with some pre-downloaded films and TV shows from Netflix is a great shout if the weather lets you down. You should also consider extension plugs as there will most likely be limited power sources in the caravan.

Extra towels, blankets and bedding is a must too. You never know if you may need to wrap up warm as coastal locations, in particular, can feel colder in the evenings. Be sure to check in with the booking site or host on whether extra towels and bedding will be available in the caravan beforehand.

And as you’re going away in the UK, the weather can’t always be relied upon, so try to pack for all-weather and don’t forget a sunhat and an umbrella.

What to wear on a caravan holiday?

No matter what time of year you go caravanning, wellies are a must. Suitable for hikes, beach walks and other outdoor activities, be sure to pack suitable and most importantly comfortable outdoor footwear which you don’t mind getting dirty.

If your holiday is booked in the summer months, make sure you pack enough clothing for two outfits a day in case you head out to the beach and need to swap into some dry clothing.

And if you’re planning to go on any hikes or outdoor excursions, make sure you pack a waterproof coat and even trousers. If your chosen destination is by the sea, the weather can turn quite quickly so you should be prepared for all outcomes.

How to get a good TV signal in a caravan (210 monthly searches on average)

Good signal on the TV in a caravan can be hit and miss and will of course depend on the location. If a good signal and channel range is a deal-breaker for you, check-in with the booking site or host before you book to confirm what will be available.

If you do have a tablet or laptop available, download your favourite TV series or films so you can watch them on your devices if the TV fails. Don’t forget to pack your chargers too.

If you do have trouble with the TV signal when you arrive at the caravan, be sure to survey the surrounding environment for any obstructions and try to adjust the antenna accordingly. Signal boosters and amplifiers are also other options if you already have one at home, which you can take along.

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Do caravans have showers?

You’d be surprised at the facilities many modern caravans have. Most will be equipped with a shower but the strength and power of the showerhead is something you can’t be sure of until you arrive. If it’s a major worry of yours, check-in with the host or booking site and make sure you read up on all the facilities beforehand.

Most caravan sites will also have on-site toilet and showering facilities that guests are permitted to use. Again, make sure you check up on this before booking.

Plan your activities

Experts from UKCaravans4hire.com say their biggest piece of advice for a caravan holiday is to plan out your activities. Research the destination ahead of time and plan for one outdoor and one indoor activity every day. It’s important to have back up options should the weather disappoint.

Creating an itinerary with everything from activities to where/what you’ll eat just as you would if you were heading off on a city break will help to build the excitement. There’s so much to indulge in all around the UK, so dig deep before you set off and pre-book any attractions ahead of time to avoid the queues.

The latest holiday advice can be found below

Haven is taking bookings for Spring stays across its UK sites from less than £50 here.

HomeAway, now Vrbo, says holiday lets will reopen in line with government guidance. You can book here.

Pontins is opening parks on 17 May. You can book here.

Pack up and clean properly

Essential to any caravanning holiday is the tidy up before you head home. Many bookings may require deposits and some may cover the cleaning of the property but its best to do a clean around yourself before you leave.

Make sure you take off all the bedding and leave dirty towels together in a laundry bag. Take out the bins to the designated areas on-site and give all the surfaces and floors a wipe.

It’s also important to read any manuals left by the hosts on what’s expected of you when you leave the property, as you may also be required to turn any gas or electric sources off too.