There is a certain freedom that comes with travelling the country in a caravan. You don’t need to stress about where to stay every night and you get to bring your home comforts and luxuries along with you.
If this is your first time taking out your caravan onto the open road for a fun road trip ahead, you might be wondering where you should start when it comes to packing. In today’s blog article, we will cover some helpful caravan packing tips for your first caravan trip. Keep reading to learn more!
1). Make A Packing List
There’s a lot to consider when packing for your first caravan trip. While some items are hard to forget, others are not in your face which makes them easy to overlook. Clothes, toiletries, first aid kit—it’s easy to walk in circles just trying to remember everything you need to bring!
Start your packing by having a checklist. You can keep this as a note on your phone or have a physical checklist on hand with you. Having a list containing everything you will need on your trip will ensure you stay organised and don’t forget anything important.
2). Don’t Forget The Essentials
Be sure to bring items like bedding, towels, and a first aid kit. It’s also a good idea to bring some non-perishable food and bottled water in case you can’t find a grocery store right away. If you take medications, pack an adequate supply for your trip. Other caravan essentials include:
- A gas bottle
- A large waste container
- Toilet chemicals
- A larger water container
- Fire extinguisher or blanket
- A spare tyre and pump
- A wheel lock
- Power drill and adaptor
- Wing mirrors
3). Pack Light
Caravans have limited storage space, so it’s important to pack light. Only bring the essentials and try to leave any unnecessary items at home. Besides, not only is it unsafe to drive an overloaded caravan, but you also risk getting a fine. An additional benefit of packing light is that you’ll save fuel.
4). Consider The Weather
Check the forecast for your destination and pack accordingly. The weather in Australia can be unpredictable. With that, it’s always a good idea to pack for both cold and hot temperatures.
5). Organise Your Items
Use packing organisers to keep your belongings organised and easy to find. This will make unpacking and repacking your caravan on the road easier.
6). Secure Your Items
Secure any loose items before you hit the road. This can be a game changer for your trip by preventing things from shifting around in the caravan and potentially damaging your caravan or, worse, causing an accident.
7). Bring Some Entertainment
Long drives can easily get boring especially if you’re driving through areas with limited sights to see. Besides, evenings and rainy days can be a good time to unwind and bond with your family. Having some entertainment options can make your caravan trip more enjoyable. Bring books and pencils, camping games, chargers for your devices, and a Bluetooth speaker to pass the time and make the trip more enjoyable.
How successfully you go about packing for your first caravan trip can have several implications. Not only can it impact the towing performance of your car and caravan, but it can also make or break your caravanning experience.
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