Heading off in a caravan or going camping is a classic Kiwi summer, we want to experience the great outdoors in the best way possible, here are Our Top 10 Tips To Get The Most Out Of Your Caravan Holiday:
- Planning and Packing: Create a comprehensive packing checklist including essentials like bedding, kitchen supplies, toiletries, clothing, tools, and any special items you might need for your holiday. No matter how experienced you are, each time you go away, you will likely think of new things that would be handy to have in your kit.
- Check Your Caravan/Tent: Before you leave, thoroughly check your caravan for any mechanical issues or necessary maintenance. Make sure tyres, brakes, lights, and all mechanics are in good working order. If you have a tent – check you don’t have any snapped poles (personal experience talking here) or rips in the canvas.
- Know Your Journey: Plan your travel route in advance, thinking about road conditions, (let’s be honest – road works are everywhere!), petrol station stops, and potential campsites. GPS and navigation apps can be useful, but always have a backup paper map as many popular holiday spots don’t have reception.
- Book Ahead: Especially during summer school holiday season, campsite availability can be limited. Book in advance to secure a spot that fits your caravan’s size and the amenities/acitivites you need. Some of the most popular spots book up a year in advance, so it pays to be organised.
- Leveling and Stabilising: Once you arrive, use leveling blocks or ramps to make sure your caravan is parked on a level surface. This not only improves comfort but also ensures your appliances function properly. You don’t want your lunch rolling off the table, or to fall out of bed in the night!
- Setting Up: Get yourself used to the setup process of your caravan, including extending awnings, connecting utilities like water and electricity, and deploying any slide-outs if you have these. If you are new to this – practice before you go! You don’t want to ruin the start of an idyllic holiday stressing (and arguing) about how to set everything up.
- Conservation of Resources: Monitor your water and power usage to ensure you have enough for the duration of your stay. Conserve resources by using energy-efficient appliances and minimising water wastage.
- Campsite Etiquette: Be mindful of your neighbors at the campsite. Keep noise levels down during quiet hours, respect the designated camping spaces, and clean up after yourself to leave the area as you found it. It sounds obvious, but the amount of people who leave rubbish and make a huge mess or heaps of noise at popular campsites is a bit sad.
- Weather Preparedness: Check the weather forecast for your destination and pack accordingly. Be ready for different weather by having rain gear, warm clothing, and sun protection on hand. Last summer is the perfect example of what can happen, so you need to be prepared, especially if you are staying somewhere remote.
- Enjoy Outdoor Activities: One of the best parts of camping is exploring the outdoors. Whether it’s hiking, biking, fishing, or simply relaxing around the campfire, take advantage of the natural beauty and activities available.
Bonus Tip: Safety First: Keep safety a priority by having a well-stocked first aid kit, knowing the location of the nearest medical centres, and having a communication plan in case of emergencies.
Caravanning provides a balance between comfort and outdoor adventure. By following these tips, you can have an amazing, low stress holiday, and that’s what we all want!