Caravan holidays are a great way to bring the family together, while also giving everyone something to look forward to all year round. If you’re thinking of joining the caravan club this year, you’ll have to come prepared and ready to go. There isn’t much room for error when it comes to planning and packing for a caravan holiday. Here is everything you need to know about how to pack for your caravan holiday and get set for your trip away from home.
Before packing for your trip
Before you start packing your stuff into your caravan, it’s important to pack for your trip. There are a few things you’ll need to take care of before packing for your caravan holiday, such as:
Booking your caravan: Are you renting a caravan? The earlier you book your caravan, the better chance you will have of getting a good deal. You can also book your holiday at the same time, which can make the whole process much easier.
Buying a caravan: If you haven’t already got a caravan then maybe you’re in the market for a new caravan. The lead times on caravans can be 12 to 18 months at the moment. Perhaps look at directory listings caravansales.com.au for new and used caravans. Or try a dealer like gccaravans.com.au to see what vehicles they have in their yard.
Booking your accommodation: If you’re travelling during school holidays then this is something you will need to do well in advance. You will want to make sure you have somewhere to stay once you have reached your destination. Make sure you have somewhere to park up your caravan each day or your holiday.
What to bring with you
There are certain essential items you should always try to bring with you when you are going on a caravan holiday.
Towbar or tow coupling: Used for connecting your caravan to your car, you’ll need one for each end of your caravan.
Mains hook-up: Used for bringing electricity to your caravan so that you can plug in appliances such as a fridge or microwave. – Caravan ramp: Used for you to access the inside of your van from the outside.
Water hose: Used to connect your car’s water supply to your caravan’s water supply so that you can fill your water tank.
Shovel: Used for moving dirt or sand from in front of the caravan wheels when you are parking up.
Jumper leads: Used for jumping your car once the battery has died. –
First-aid kit: Something you should always bring with you, no matter where you are going.
Spare tyre: You should always have a spare tyre in case one of the tyres on your car or caravan develops a puncture.
Torch: A must if you are travelling at night.
Fan: A fan will come in handy if you are travelling during the summer months and get too hot.
Extension cord: If you are staying in a site that is not fully wired, or if you have a lot of items that need charging.
When it comes to bathroom supplies, the less the better. You will only have a limited amount of room in your caravan, so you won’t be able to bring much. However, if you are staying in an RV park or a campsite, you will be able to use their facilities. Here are a few bathroom supplies you will want to bring with you
Toilet paper: RV parks and campsites typically provide toilet paper, but it is always best to be safe.
Baby wipes: Perfect for all occasions.
Hand sanitiser: You will encounter many different people and places throughout your trip; you will want to stay as clean as possible.
Travel-size toiletries: These include your toothbrush, toothpaste, and any other toiletries you use on a regular basis.
Travel-size shampoo and conditioner: Perfect for keeping your bathroom tidy and organised.
Travel-size soap: Nothing worse than running out of soap.
For your kitchen supplies, you will want to pack light. You will be able to purchase most of your groceries once you reach your destination. You will, however, want to bring some essentials with you. Here are a few kitchen supplies you should bring with you:
Cutlery: You can never have enough cutlery. It is always good to have backups in case you lose a few or some are misplaced.
Silverware: Again, it is always good to have backups.
Plates: You will want to be able to serve your food on nice plates and not have to use plastic plates.
Mugs: Great for drinking tea or coffee, especially if you are in a rush in the morning.
Camping stove: There are certain things you can’t leave behind, such as your camping stove. You will want to be able to cook onsite where you are staying.
Camping pots and pans: You will also want to be able to cook with your pots and pans.
For your bedroom supplies, you will want to pack lightly and make sure you have everything you need. Here are a few bedroom supplies you will want to bring with you:
Bed sheets: You will want to make sure you have fresh sheets on your bed.
Pillow: You will want to be comfortable when you sleep.
Duvet: This is something you will want to bring if you are travelling during the winter months.
Blankets: Again, these are great for keeping you warm during the winter months.
Toiletries: You will want to be as comfortable as possible when you are sleeping.
Towels: You will want to be able to shower, even if you are camping.
What to bring for the kids
When it comes to packing for the kids, remember they don’t need much. Your main focus should be toiletries, clothing, and toys. Here are a few things you will want to bring with you for your children:
Clothing: You will want to bring enough clothing for the entire time you are away. It is also a good idea to bring clothing for different weather conditions.
Toothbrush and toothpaste: Your children will want to keep their teeth clean while they are away.
Towels: You will want to make sure your children are comfortable while they are away.
Plugs: You will want to bring plugs for your children’s electronic devices.
While it may seem like a lot of work and a lot of things to pack for a caravan holiday, it is also a lot of fun. You will want to.