Caravan Site Camping: Adventure or Misadventure?

Camping at a caravan park can be quite the adventure. It can also be quite the misadventure if you're not adequately prepared. If it's going to be your first time camping at a caravan park, you'll need to make the right choice of caravan park if yours is to be a memorable first-time experience. This article discusses a few factors you should consider when choosing between caravan camping sites.

Power Or Lack Thereof

Ultimately, what type of camper would you like to be? The answer to this question will play a big role in determining whether you should camp at a powered camp site or one that has no power. An unpowered camp-site is an ideal choice for an adrenaline junkie looking to get as close as possible to nature. Staying at an unpowered site will force you to minimize interactions with the outside world through technological devices. You'll stay more focused on the sights and sounds within and around the camp site. A powered caravan site is more ideal for the 'softie' kind of camper who can't imagine not having access to their phone for more than a few hours. Camping fees at powered sites are often higher than the fees at unpowered sites, although the difference is often negligible.


Caravan camping sites either have a soft floor or they have a hard one. Soft-floored sites have grass as their floor covering while hard-floored sites have concrete slabs installed as flooring. Concrete slab flooring is advantageous in that it doesn't offer an attractive habitat for various forms of animal life. Concrete slabs will also be less of a fire hazard if you're to camp during the dry season. If you'd prefer a soft-floored camping site, confirm whether campers are obligated to use a ground-sheet (tarp or shade cloth) in order to protect the grass.

Pet Policy

Not all caravan camp sites allow campers to have pets on-site. If you choose a site that has a 'no pet policy', you'll be forced to leave your animal friend(s) with the neighbours or at a pet-handling facility. Sites that have no problems with pets have stringent restrictions that you'll have to meet (e.g. with respect to camp areas that the pets can access). You might also have to provide physical evidence that your pet is in good health. This is done to minimize the likelihood of cross-infections between pets during the camping expedition.