The chilly weather shouldn’t put you off enjoying some warm and cosy adventures in your static caravan or holiday lodge in winter.
Unless you have a holiday lodge or have upgraded your static caravan to a Residential Specification (BS3632:2015) it won’t be as well insulated and the performance of the heating system won’t be as good, as it’s only built for seasonal use. But it doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy some occasional use in the winter months.
Here’s our hot tips for keeping warm in your holiday caravan with a look at some winter warmers to take the chill off when the temperatures drop.
Topping off our winter warmers list is some extra heating for your static caravan.
An oil filled radiator or electric fan heater for the bedroom will help to take the chill off before bed and in the morning.
But be careful not to leave any fan heaters on overnight or unattended to reduce the risk of fire. It’s better to leave the central heating on low overnight to prevent any frozen pipes.
2. Underfloor heating
The cold can quickly and easily come up through the floor of a static caravan, so underfloor heating could be the perfect solution to keep your static caravan warm in winter. Many have timers too, so you can set it to come on and the colder times of day! This thin electric underfloor heating foil from Ebeco can be installed to your caravan relatively easily by a competent electrician – the UK supplier is Comfort Warmfloors. It comes on rolls and is sold by linear metre so it can be tailored to fit the areas of your caravan floor that you want to keep warm. Or the RugBuddy under-rug heater will keep your feet warm. It’s a portable heater which fits under different sizes of rugs.
3. Electric blanket
There’s nothing worse than climbing into a cold bed when it’s chilly in the bedroom. Not only will an electric blanket make sure your bed is warm and snuggly when it’s time to retire for the night, but it can also help you sleep better and relax any aching muscles and joints.
There are a range of different products from electric blankets and heated throws to a heated mattress pad and even a foot warming pad!
4. Blankets and top tog duvet
Switching to a winter duvet with a huge 15 tog weight (or higher) and using extra blankets on your bed will help you sleep soundly in your static caravan when it’s cold outside.
Also, throws on the back of your sofa and chairs will keep you warm if cosying up to watch a good film or to snuggle under while playing games in the living room.
5. Hot water bottle
A hot water bottle will warm up your bed before you retire for the night or you can simply cuddle up to it to help you drift off warmly!
6. Cosy slippers
Warm feet will make sure the rest of your body is warm and will take the edge of any cold flooring you might have in your kitchen or bathrooms.
At this time of year, there are plenty of fluffy, fleecy lined slippers to choose from in the shops and they’re a great Christmas gift for any winter caravanner! You could even go for boot slippers – and look for slippers that you can also use outdoors in case you need to nip out to the bins or the gas bottle!
7. Thermal clothing
If you’re caravanning in winter and venturing outdoors or snuggling up inside, layering up your clothing will help you stay warm. Thermal clothing with moisture wicking fabric will keep you both warm and dry.
8. A hot shower
Having a nice warm bath or hot shower before bed will not only make sure you’re body temperature is higher it will also help you to fall asleep more quickly.
Keeping curtains open on a nice and sunny winter day will allow the sun to naturally provide some warmth, but as soon as it sets and goes down you want to be closing up those curtains to help retain as much heat as possible.
10. Extra insulation
If you’re planning on spending more time at your static caravan in winter, it’s worth thinking about investing in some extra insulation, like cladding or even a better grade of windows, as well as skirting for your caravan if you don’t have it already. Or you could simply buy some draft excluders for the doors; thicker, lined, curtains in all rooms; and having extra rugs or carpets on all the floors will all help to prevent the heat from escaping so you’re nice and toasty.
Check the seals around doors and windows to make sure there aren’t any gaps where the warmth inside can escape.
Finally, consider some emergency winter supplies! Having an emergency winter pack at your static caravan of warm clothes, waterproofs, boots, blankets, tinned food and hot drinks, plus an ice scraper for your car and a torch in case of a power cut, will mean you’re prepared in case you’re snowed in for a few days or if the weather takes a turn for the worse!
Over to you…
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