What to pack for Centerparcs – to save money

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We love going to Centerparcs. We go at least twice a year. In the past year we’ve actually been 5 times. Going to Centerparcs gives us the perfect chance to spend time with our family and friends. We tend to go out of season, when the dates are cheapest, and this means that we get a really reasonable holiday. While saving money isn’t something that we need to do these days it really does make sense to try our best still. Today I want to share with you what to pack for Centerparcs – to save money!

What to pack for centerparcs - On site wildlife

What to pack for Centerparcs – to save money!

Centerparcs packing list – grocery shopping

Now there is a shop on site at Centerparcs but it can be on the pricey side. It is REALLY well stocked so if you forget an item for your baby, or fancy a different meal when you arrive, then you’ll be covered. They stock a lot of items from local companies – so the shop is great to pick up a few nice jams or other gifts. Personally I would recommend collecting your groceries near to the site. Most sites have a large supermarket, such as Tesco or Sainsbury’s, offering click & collect near by.

If this is your first order look on TopCashBack to see if you can make yourself some money in the process. If you’re wondering what to pack for Centerparcs in terms of groceries go for snacks, convenience foods, juice, kitchen supplies and then bring some other items from home. I like to fill up a pot with tea bags and other goodies from home – rather than buying whole packets for one week’s holiday.

What to pack for centerparcs - Pack your slow cooker for dinner

Consider taking your slow cooker

If you get some meals packed up in advance, and travel with them in a cool box, then you could use your slow cooker each evening. This is a great way to save some money and also eat well still with minimal effort. I love making a slow cooker roast chicken, slow cooker chilli or slow cooker curry for those convenient meals.

What to pack for centerparcs - Daisy feeding the animals

Centerparcs packing list – Bird/animal feed

There is lots of beautiful wildlife at Centerparcs. Ducks, deer, owls, all sorts really. Take some duck food, or other animal feed. Please don’t be tempted to feed them bread, cereal or other junk food. It isn’t healthy for them. As animals often come right up to your lodge door you’ll love being able to offer them a healthy snack, without spending £3 a bag in the Parcmarket. Amazon have tons of different duck food. You’ll be almost guaranteed to have animals outside the door of your lodge for as long as you have food – so take lots!

What to pack for centerparcs - the forest

Bring a disposable BBQ

If you are going to visiting at a suitable time for a BBQ then bring your own. We have been known to have a BBQ in November and I usually pick a couple of disposable ones up for just £1-2 each. When I’ve remembered last minute I’ve bought these disposable BBQs from Amazon with next day delivery.

Bring smokeless fire logs

You have to make sure that these are smokeless. They sell these in the Parcmarket but they are usually 3-4 for £10. I’ve seen them for around half this price in Aldi, B&Q and other stores. In the past we’ve ordered a packet of 12 from Amazon. I think these are the exact brand that they sell at Centerparcs.

What to pack for centerparcs - Daisy swimming in her swimseat

Bring beach towels & swimseats

You can hire towels on site, for around £2. You cannot use the towels from the lodge at the swimming pool. Well, you could, but don’t get caught! Personally I like these microfibre towels because they are small to pack and they really do dry us fast. If you have a small baby then take an inflatable swimseat. There is a shop on site but these cost around £17.50 each. You can buy one from Amazon for around 1/3 of that price. Don’t forget the swim nappiesThey have vests available to use for free poolside. Also, there is a pump to blow up inflatables once you get past the showers in most of the sites. 

Take your own bikes

With bike hire now costing around £30 per person, for just a few days, I’d suggest taking your own bikes if you own them. We currently don’t have anywhere to store bikes so we hire them on site. Lots of people take bikes, on a bike rack, fixed to their car. If you are a large family this could save you £100s. You don’t need bikes BUT they help you explore the beautiful surroundings. Don’t forget to pack a bike lock too for each bike – a D lock is recommended because of thefts on site.

Pack appropriately for the weather

If there is a chance of rain ensure you pack carefully. While they do sell everything you need on site if you spend £10 on a pair of gloves it is going to add up pretty quickly! We have been caught out with this in the past! 

Bring your own supplies

I think some of the cheaper lodges just come with 1-2 toilet rolls when you arrive. We tend to stay in the sauna lodges, as they are cheap off peak, and these get unlimited supplies. If you are staying in one of the cheaper, but still lovely, lodges then pack some nice toilet rolls. Same for bin bags, kitchen towel and foil.

What to pack for centerparcs

Think about your kitchen supplies

While the kitchens are well equipped you may want to bring some more supplies. Condiments, salt & pepper and a few herbs are a great addition to the kitchen at Centerparcs. Also, bring some tea bags, coffee, sugar, cereal and buy a fresh milk once you get on site.

Bring first aid supplies

Calpol, bandages, sterile wipes, Sudocrem, paracetamol and Micropor. Ideal for treating your little woodland explorers!

What to pack for centerparcs - The park

While on site be sure to take advantage of the free activities. Swimming, visiting the parks and exploring the forest are all free. Also, if you book activities well in advance you’ll get a guaranteed space. However, if you wait until you are on site you may find a few bargains – so check back daily!

I hope I’ve helped you know what to pack for Centerparcs – to save money! We love our family holidays together and knowing what to pack for Centerparcs if something that I’m always thinking about. I keep a list on my computer now and each holiday, as we think of more things, I update it. This saves us so much money.

My Centerparcs packing list:

Groceries – Buy essentials such as bread, cereal, fruit, vegetables etc

Bird/animal feed

Disposable BBQ

Smokeless fire logs

Beach towels, swimwear, baby swim supports

Waterproof clothing

Boots

Toilet rolls

Bin bags

Kitchen towel

Tea bags

Coffee

Sugar/sweeteners

Salt & pepper

Herbs & spices for cooking

Condiments

First aid supplies: paracetamol, bandages, thermometer, Sudocrem, Calpol, sterile wipes

Baby food and formula milk

Extra items to consider:

Taking your own bikes

Meal planning for the week and taking your slow cooker

What to pack for centerparcs - Us on holiday

Knowing what to pack for Centerparcs is just one of the ways to enjoy your week. There are some great activities at Centerparcs, including pottery painting, and target archery. I personally always visit the Aqua Sana spa too while I’m on site. I tend to go for the 5 hour twilight package as this is usually the best value package per hour – and it comes with food!

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4 Responses

  1. Fiona July 28, 2017 / 10:13 pm

    Love the idea of taking your slow cooker with you, not something I’d have thought of but ideal for coming home to a hot meal.

    • katykicker July 29, 2017 / 11:05 am

      I think someone else gave me the tip before! Great idea isn’t it x

  2. Kay Pilkingotn September 25, 2018 / 8:49 pm

    This is so helpful, thank you so much! Have you been to the Woburn one? Any tips for that one in particular? X

    • katykicker September 30, 2018 / 10:32 pm

      I have! I’ve been to Woburn 2 or 3 times already this year. Here are a few tips:

      Swimming is less busy in the late afternoon onwards (or first thing in the morning).
      There is a BIG park behind Hucks. This isn’t as busy as the other areas.
      They have story reading mornings, for £1 per person.
      You won’t see quite as much wildlife here, as it’s newer, but the spa is AMAZING, and definitely the best one.
      Look out for the nature reserve (see your map) well worth a look!
      There is a footpath around the outside of the park that you can walk/cycle (just outside the park – it’s a public footpath).
      You can manage without bikes here as this site is smaller compared to the others.

      They’re all really similar, but Woburn is just newer, fresher and a bit smaller. There are some BIG inclines though!

      Have a wonderful time! If you want to chat more please do catch me here or on Twitter (@katykicker) where I will reply MUCH faster x

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