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Having a Barbecue on a Caravan or Motorhome Trip

April 5, 2024
Caravan insurance

Embrace the summer sun with an outdoor meal! Read our tips on how to safely have a barbecue on your next motorhome or caravan trip! Everything from etiquette to insurance.

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Finally, the sun is starting to shine around the UK! Which can mean only one thing...barbecue season!

If you are heading off this year on a caravan or motorhome trip, we know it can open a world of exploration and freedom, offering a wide range of opportunities to enjoy the great outdoors. Among the many pleasures of such adventures, sharing a meal cooked over an open flame with family and friends holds a special place.

However, barbecuing in the proximity of a caravan or motorhome trip comes with its own set of considerations, from ensuring safety to managing insurance and whipping up delicious recipes that are easy to store and prepare. Our quick blog will help you understand everything about having a bar on a chargrilled feast on your next trip.

Gas Barbecue Safety

Safety should be your paramount concern when using a gas barbecue during your caravan or motorhome adventure. Although they are very popular for their convenience and efficiency, they must be handled with care to prevent accidents and injuries.

  • Check Your Equipment: Before you hit the road, inspect your gas bottles, hoses, and connections for any signs of wear and tear or damage. Ensure everything is in good working order.
  • Ventilation is Key: Always use your equipment outside in a well-ventilated area to prevent the build-up of potentially dangerous gases.
  • Keep a Safe Distance: Position your barbecue well away from your vehicle, awnings, or any flammable materials to minimize fire risk.
  • Monitor Regularly: Never leave your barbecue unattended while it's in use. Keeping a close eye on it will help prevent potential hazards.
  • Emergency Readiness: Have a fire extinguisher or blanket readily available and familiarize yourself with how to use it.
  • Get the right barbecue! This portable gas barbecue is the perfect travel size while still being big enough to feed a family of 4.


Insurance Needs

While the thrill of adventure is a driving force behind cross country trips, being prepared for the unexpected is crucial. That includes ensuring your caravan or motorhome insurance covers any barbecue-related mishaps.

  • Policy Check: Review your caravan or motorhome insurance policy to confirm that it includes coverage for fire damage, especially if it's caused by a barbecue.
  • Liability Cover: Accidents can happen, and having liability coverage as part of your insurance policy protects you in case someone gets injured due to your barbecue.
  • Document Your Equipment: Keep a record of your barbecue and any related equipment. In the unfortunate event of a loss or damage, this will simplify the claims process.

Family Safety Tips

Barbecuing with family is one of life's simple pleasures, but keeping everyone safe, especially children, is essential.

  • Establish a Safe Zone: Create a clear boundary around the barbecue area that children and pets should not cross.
  • Supervise at All Times: Always have an adult present to supervise when the barbecue is in use.
  • Safe Handling: Teach family members about the safe handling of any kind of tools and the importance of not touching the barbecue during and immediately after use.

Food Safety: Practice good food safety by keeping raw and cooked foods separate and ensuring meats are cooked to the correct temperatures.

Barbecuing at Caravan Sites:

Caravan sites are not only a way to enjoy delicious meals but also a fantastic opportunity to meet fellow travellers and create a sense of community. However, each site may have its own rules and facilities when it comes to grilling, so it's important to be well-prepared and respectful of the site's regulations and the environment.

Understanding Site Regulations

Before lighting up, the first step is always to check the specific regulations of the caravan site you're staying at.

  • Permission: Some sites may require you to seek permission before using a barbecue. Always check with the site management first.
  • Designated Areas: Many caravan sites have designated areas for eating. These are chosen to minimize fire risks and avoid disturbing other guests.
  • Type of Barbecue Allowed: Some sites may only allow gas barbecues, while others are okay with charcoal. This often depends on the risk of fires in the area, so be sure to use the appropriate type.

Respect for Nature and Neighbours

When you're barbecuing at a caravan site, being mindful of your surroundings and the people around you is crucial.

  • Noise Consideration: While a barbecue can be a social event, remember to keep noise levels respectful, especially during quiet hours.
  • Smoke Management: Position your barbecue so that smoke does not bother your neighbours or invade their space.
  • Waste Disposal: Always clean up after yourself. Dispose of coal or other waste in the designated areas and leave no trace of your barbecue.

Making the Most of Site Facilities

Many caravan sites offer facilities that can enhance your barbecuing experience.

  • Shared Barbecue Areas: Utilize shared barbecue pits or areas if available. They're a great way to socialize and share tips or recipes with fellow campers.
  • Picnic Tables and Shelters: Take advantage of picnic areas for a comfortable dining experience. They often provide shelter, making barbecuing possible even in less-than-ideal weather.
  • Local Produce: Explore local markets or farm shops near the caravan site to find fresh ingredients for your barbecue. It’s a great way to support the local economy and discover new flavours.

Easy Recipe Ideas For Your Barbecue

Preparing meals in a caravan or motorhome environment can be a challenge, particularly when it comes to storage. Here are a few easy and delicious recipe ideas that are perfect for your next barbecue and simple to store in your caravan.

  • Marinated Chicken Skewers: Before leaving home, prepare and freeze chicken skewers in a marinade of your choice. They'll defrost slowly in your caravan fridge and be ready to cook by the time you're set to barbecue.
  • Vegetable Kebabs: Chop a variety of vegetables such as bell peppers, onions, zucchini, and mushrooms. Store them in ziplock bags to keep them fresh. Skewer and grill them for a healthy and colourful side dish.
  • Stuffed Bell Peppers: Hollow out some bell peppers and fill them with a mixture of cooked rice, black beans, corn, and cheese. Wrap them in foil and cook them on the grill for a tasty vegetarian option.
  • BBQ Packets: Create foil packets filled with sliced potatoes, onions, and your choice of protein. Season well and seal the packets before cooking on the grill for a no-mess, all-in-one meal.
  • Check out BBC Good Food for more easy barbecue recipes.


A barbecue can be the highlight of a caravan or motorhome trip, offering delicious meals and the chance to enjoy the outdoors with loved ones. For a fun and safe barbecue, follow safety guidelines. Make sure to get the right insurance.

Choose easy recipes that are family-friendly. Store them easily. So, pack your grill, hit the road, and get ready to create some unforgettable memories under the open sky.

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