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Preparing Your Static Caravan for Summer

June 28, 2024
Caravan insurance

Summer is nearly here! Read our top tips on how to get your static caravan summer ready, with information on everything from deep cleaning to insurance.

Beer Head Caravan Park near village Beer in Devon, England

With summer on the horizon, it's time to ready your static caravan for sunny days and relaxing nights. Beyond basic maintenance, incorporating functional décor and ensuring ample protection through insurance can enhance your summer experience.

Keep reading to learn how to get your static caravan ready for the season. We'll cover tips on using plant pots, barbecuing, and keeping bugs away.

Thorough Cleaning and Air Out

Begin by giving your caravan a deep clean. Open all windows and doors to ventilate the space, helping to clear out any stale air. Dust, vacuum, and mop from top to bottom, Good Housekeeping have a great guide on the best vacuums of 2024 if you are stuck on what to buy!

Also, don't forget to wash or replace any textiles like curtains and cushions that smell musty or show signs of mildew.

Utilities and Appliance Check

Before you start using your caravan, ensure all utilities are operational. Test your gas, electricity, and water systems. Appliances such as refrigerators, stoves, and heaters should be in working order. Also, replace the batteries in your smoke detectors and check the fire extinguisher.

Plumbing and Damp Inspection

Check all plumbing for leaks and ensure there’s no blockage. Look for signs of damp, as they can quickly lead to mould issues. Treat susceptible areas with anti-mould products and consider using dehumidifiers to keep the air fresh and dry.

Exterior and Safety Upkeep

Inspect the exterior for any damage—paying special attention to the roof, walls, and undercarriage. Clean out gutters and check the structural integrity of any external attachments like decking or awnings. Verify that all locks and security systems are functional to keep your property safe.

Enhance with Plants and Decor

Brighten up your caravan with plant pots which not only add a splash of colour but also help keep the air inside fresh. Choose hardy plants that can withstand high temperatures if they're placed in direct sunlight. This indoor plant from Beards and Daises will give a splash of greenery without taking up too much space!

Ready the Barbecue

For those delightful summer barbecues, ensure your grilling area is clean and safe. Check your barbecue equipment for any rust or damage and clean it thoroughly before use. Keep a fire extinguisher nearby as a safety precaution and ensure all grilling is done in a well-ventilated area to prevent smoke buildup. Read more about caravanning and barbecues here.

Bug Repellent Strategies

To keep your summer bug-free, invest in screens for windows and doors. Consider natural repellents like citronella candles or essential oils such as lavender or eucalyptus. Keeping the grass around your caravan trimmed and removing any stagnant water can also help reduce the presence of pests. Or for extra protection, you can use mosquito repellent patches.`

Refresh Supplies and Furnishings

Update your caravan’s interior with new bedding, rugs, and cushions. Stock essential supplies, including toiletries, kitchen utensils, and non-perishable food items, to avoid frequent trips to the store.

Importance of Insurance

Finally, don't overlook the importance of static caravan insurance for your static caravan. Insurance not only covers damages from unforeseen incidents like theft or natural disasters but also includes liability protection. This is crucial if someone gets injured on your property. Review your policy to ensure it reflects any new additions or value adjustments to your caravan.


Setting up your static caravan for the summer involves more than just a cleanup. It's about creating a safe, comfortable, and inviting space where you can enjoy the best of the season. With your caravan in prime condition, adorned with greenery and equipped for those perfect barbecues, and protected by insurance, you're all set for a fantastic summer getaway. Here’s to making unforgettable memories in your beautifully prepared static caravan!

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