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16 Jul 2020

Are you soon to be headed out on the road in a camper or caravan? Perhaps it’s the first time you’re planning a caravanning adventure? Packing for a caravanning trip can be overwhelming if you haven’t done so before, and we’re here to make sure everybody is enjoying themselves safely while out on the road.

 Car with caravan countryside sunrise

So, what do you need to pack, we hear you ask? Of course, there are the essential classics like tent pegs, a camera, swimmers, non-perishable food and your biggest smile. We also recommend packing mozzie repellent year-round, even if you think it isn’t mosquito season – you never know when you might need it! Similarly, don’t forget the lip balm – travelling into different weather conditions can really bring out the dry lips.

To ensure your holiday really is the trip of a lifetime, pack a journal or two to jot down notes about places you visited and things you enjoyed. Kids love to journal, so include them in the daily routine of journaling at the end of each day as a family. These often are the best way to record precious memories!

Caravanning with Kids travel journal

As for the items that are often required but forgotten, and then need to be purchased while out on the road? Our hot tips include:

  • Sandpaper for lighting matches
  • Andy, Park Manager of Discovery Parks – Lake Bonney, assures us that “A hose connection for your van is the most commonly forgotten item.”
  • Spare batteries of assorted sizes so they fit into gadgets, devices, smoke alarms and more
  • Fire extinguisher or blanket – just in case!
  • Playing cards – Even the best planned holidays can be interrupted with bad weather. If the movies aren’t close by, a trusty set of playing cards will always get you out of trouble.

It’s also really important to check your smoke alarm before you leave and ensure you don’t over-pack which could lead to your van being overloaded and weighing too much. If you’re headed on a long trip and want to be sure your van’s weight is within safety regulations, make sure you head to your local weigh bridge before you head off.

Johnny Melon Packing Van

You’re now all set for a safe trip in the van, but where are you headed?