When you own a touring caravan, it is likely that you will travel all over the UK, sometimes even further afield to explore new areas. There is no denying that staying in a caravan is one of the easiest and cheapest ways to get to see and experience new things, and you can go on so many different getaways throughout the year when you have your own accommodation. 


If you’re new to caravan ownership and you haven’t booked a holiday park yet, you may be wondering what to look for when doing so. There are multiple different touring parks all over the country these days and choosing the best to stay at isn’t always easy. So, to help you make sure that you’re able to enjoy your first caravan holiday, there are certain things that you should look for in a holiday park, such as; 


Spacious pitches


Ideally, you want to ensure that the touring pitches at the park are spacious enough for not just your caravan, but also an awning too. You want to have enough space to be able to enjoy yourself properly during your stay and make the most of the great outdoors. To prevent any hassle, it would be beneficial to have a dedicated parking space for one car too, so you don’t need to worry about where to park once you have unhitched your caravan. 


On-site facilities


No matter how long you plan on staying at the touring holiday park, it is really useful to have some on-site facilities to use. Some facilities tend to be more sought after than others, for example, having a toilet and shower block or laundry facilities might be more beneficial to you than a children’s play area. Always double-check that you will have access to all facilities and events free of charge when booking a pitch too. 


Electric hook-up


Having an electric hook-up is something that lots of people look for when booking a touring caravan park. Although caravans do have 12v that can be used to power all essential items during your stay, also having electricity will prevent any concerns about your battery running out whilst you’re on holiday. When staying somewhere for more than just a weekend, many will consider electric hook-up to be essential. 


Reasonable check-in/check-out times


All touring parks will have check-in and check-out times for those coming to stay with them, and these times will differ from one park to another. In order to get the most out of your holiday and prevent you from having to set up or pack away in the dark, the check-in and check-out times should be reasonable. Looking for a touring park that allows you to both check-in and check-out around midday is always recommended.


Clear pricing 


Even though the majority of touring caravan parks will have their general charges per night on their website, these prices aren’t always inclusive. You need to check for any additional charges, such as for extra guests, visitors, cars and pets, and take these into consideration when pricing up the total cost of your stay. Always look to see whether there are minimum night stays as well, this is something you will need to know when booking. 


Finding touring parks in Essex


When booking a holiday park for your first getaway in your touring caravan, looking out for all of the above will help you to ensure you’re booking somewhere that will allow you to have a brilliant first camping experience. If you’re trying to find touring parks in Essex that are open all year round, Colchester Country Park is definitely worthwhile taking a look at. 


With its beautiful open spaces and well-maintained pitches, Colchester Country Park is the perfect place for a caravan holiday in the Essex countryside. It is equally well suited to couples and families, and with 122 pitches available, there is an ideal spot for everyone. The facilities at Colchester Country Park won’t disappoint either and you will have everything you need on-site to have an amazing caravan holiday. Not to mention, with a number of different tourist attractions in the local area, filling your days with fun couldn’t be easier.