Eurocamp/Keycamp type of thing - top tips and things to take?

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AncientCrone Thu 06-Jun-13 11:18:36

We're off to Brittany in a couple of weeks, staying in a mobile home type thing. We've never done this sort of holiday before so was wondering if anyone has any top tips or suggestions of things to take with us. Thanks in advance smile

Giraffeski Mon 10-Jun-13 18:38:30

We've just returned from Vias Plage with Thomson Alfresco- 3 bed static and the travel cot fitted fine in place of one of the twins in the second bedroom. It was a travel cot we gored as part of the baby pack ( bath and high chair also included) but it was a pretty standard sized one, same as the graco one we have at home.

3MonthMaid Mon 10-Jun-13 20:34:11

Sorry if this has been said before, but in the mobile homes, the lower bunk usually flips up so that you can put the travel cot in that room. Have to say, most people didn't realise...

ComtessedeFrouFrou Mon 10-Jun-13 20:48:41

We went to Les Mouettes a few years ago. It was great smile

Has your mobile home got a dishwasher? If so take tablets. Yes to knives, I would also take a chopping board because they often only have those horrible glass things <shudder>

The campsite website might have a list of what each mobile home has in it - I tried to have a look, but I'm on my phone.

If you'd like any tips about the region we have been loads (we live near one of the ports and can go for the weekend) do PM me. There is an excellent E Leclerc in Morlaix and a Super U in St Pol de Leon. I *love* E Leclerc. We can't go this year because I am PG and we won't have time before the cut off. Oh, and the Casino supermarket in Carentec opens on Sunday mornings but closes for lunch hmm

The markets in Carentec and Morlaix are really good.

Methe Mon 10-Jun-13 20:58:42

Marking place! We're off to Argeles at the end of July with a 4 year old and an 8 year old. We're driving down with stop overs...

Anyone got any entertainment tips for kids?

dingit Mon 10-Jun-13 21:03:39

Haven't read whole thread, so apologies if its been said, I take a frozen homemade bolognese and pasta for first night meal. It's a cool pack for other food, and defrosted ready to heat when you arrive. We are always too tired to look for somewhere or something to eat!

ComtessedeFrouFrou Mon 10-Jun-13 21:07:23

Methe no real tips for en route (we haven't got any kids, we just like the campsites blush) but the Aires (the equivalent of our service stations but much, much better) are really good with play areas. Seek out the disabled loo - not really the done thing I know, but I can remember from our own childhood holidays getting to a hole in the ground and finding I didn't need to go any more.

dingit Mon 10-Jun-13 21:08:39

Merge, a portable DVD player and headphones!

twooter Mon 10-Jun-13 21:11:09

The shops on sites where I've been are always open early in the morning and sell fresh bread and croissants . If your dc are older than toddlers, try to fit in their bikes.

Methe Mon 10-Jun-13 21:12:35

We have them and plenty of story tapes. I'm planning on putting the cool box inbetweeners themin the back as physical barrier to keep them from scrapping.

Are the toilets really holes in the ground? [ohmyactualgod]

SolomanDaisy Mon 10-Jun-13 21:14:33

You just need to flip up a bunk to fit a cot in. We have hired a buggy a couple of times and both were all terrain, great for using around the campsite but too big for folding and putting in the car. They were both a bit dirty, though not as dirty as one of the high chairs we had.

dingit Mon 10-Jun-13 21:16:48

Methe I'm going to steal that idea and mine are 11 and 14. This year we threatened to leave them behind if they scrapped, so we could bring home more wine grin

dingit Mon 10-Jun-13 21:17:56

I've not come across a hole in the ground loo in France for awhile!

Methe Mon 10-Jun-13 21:21:04

That is very tempting!

Branleuse Mon 10-Jun-13 21:46:58

they do still have hole in the ground loos in loads of places

BooCanary Tue 11-Jun-13 19:52:54

candycrush we stayed in Berny Riviere a few years ago en route to Alps. Very nice - have a lovely memory of DH and I sitting by the lake with cold beers whilst the DCs played in the play area. smile

bamboostalks Tue 11-Jun-13 20:36:34

Thanks for that info, never heard of it.

makemineapinot Tue 11-Jun-13 22:14:42

Methe - where are u going in Argeles? We've been and loved it!! Yes yes to the above! And u can get hi vis vests suitable fir kids t the £1 shop! A bit big but they do the job!

Methe Wed 12-Jun-13 07:11:07

Camping le solei. Ve never even been to France before so it's all new. Can't wait!

Branleuse Wed 12-Jun-13 09:32:42

toilets are only hole in the ground at the public reste areas along motorways. not at service station s or campsite s

dingit Wed 12-Jun-13 09:41:11

We have not been to a keycamp site we have not liked. This year we went to Duinrell which was fantastic!

candycrushhater Wed 12-Jun-13 09:58:45

Ooh, thanks Boo smile

We've never been on this kind of holiday before, so it's reassuring to hear that my plans for drinking wine whilst the DCs play is not too far off the mark grin

dreamingofsun Wed 12-Jun-13 10:22:12

candy ...works like a dream. just be clear with your kids that if they make lots of friends - which is quite likely - they don't bring them back to your mobile. do not offer anything positive in the way of food/toys/encouragement to other people's kids and you will be fine. otherwise you will become site babysitter.

ShoeWhore Tue 18-Jun-13 22:17:17

I don't think you need to take lots of kitchen equipment (there's a list somewhere on the website of what kit is provided) but tea towels and pegs are useful. And if your dcs are little and you're still at the stage of peeling fruit etc then a vegetable peeler is handy.

Cereal is quite expensive if your dcs are very keen on it for breakfast. Got a feeling nappies might be quite expensive too although it's been a while since I had to worry about those!

Have fun!

AncientCrone Thu 20-Jun-13 10:26:48

Ooh good tip dreaming grin

Holes in the ground ... I remember the horror of those from trips to France as a child. Haven't seen them for years and probably wouldn't bother me so much as an adult!

Thanks for info re hi-vis jackets/breathalysers too.

Comtesse you got me very excited about the possibility of a dishwasher then, but we are just in the most basic chalet I think (booked through Brittany Ferries as was cheaper) so washing up for us.

Great info re supermarkets/markets.

Any suggestions for day trips/rainy day activities very welcome ... For rainy days I was thinking of taking a few games/craft things to play in the caravan plus I think there's a games room and indoor pool.

Day trips - I've got beaches (Kelenn), Ile de Batz, maybe Brest? Have a 4.5 yo and nearly 2 yo. Also maybe something to do when we arrive, as ferry docks at 8 am but presumably we can't check in to Mouette until 2 pm or so.

Was it someone on here who said the chalets don't have ovens, just hobs, or did I imagine it?

I will add my own tip for those with small children who don't like being showered - very small paddling pool for bath time (we do this on camping trips too).

Thanks again all for your input, I am feeling properly excited grin

AncientCrone Thu 20-Jun-13 10:43:08

Has anyone been to the Sound Discovery Centre? It's an hour away, wondering whether it's worth the trip.

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