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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 – 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.
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.
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!
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.
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 nappies! They 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.
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!
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
Smokeless fire logs
Beach towels, swimwear, baby swim supports
Salt & pepper
Herbs & spices for cooking
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
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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