Are you craving to spend some quality time with your family and friends? Relaxing under the stars? Watching the serene beauty of nature? Experiencing amazing adventures? Then, a caravan trip to the great outdoors of Australia is the perfect opportunity to get all that you want, and even more along with homely comforts. From pristine beaches to national parks, you have a handful of options to decide where you want to travel for your first caravan trip.
Guide For Your First Caravan Trip
Though not experienced something like this ever before, you must have read and heard about preparing for a caravan trip. Then too, you are likely to miss out on many things. Here’s our guide to help you make your first adventure on the road smoother and easier.
Plan Your Route
A spontaneous caravan trip with family and friends seems fun and exciting. But in reality, it is an invitation to unforeseen events. Imagine how reaching a fully booked caravan park, campsite with fewer activities and amenities, or a campsite with no scenic beauty you desired would make you feel? These are only a few happenings related to your location for the caravan trip that might shock you. But there would be plenty of hiccups waiting for you on the road if you did not plan your route.
Vaguely planning everything is not called a route. The caravan trip needs to be wisely and carefully planned. It does not involve only deciding the date and booking the best accommodation in advance for the caravan trip. It also includes:
– deciding the type of camping trip you want,
– stocking your caravan,
– navigating the way to your location,
– deciding the location for taking halt,
– evaluating fuel and overall costs,
– taking the season, destinations and events into account,
– checking road conditions,
– making your to-do list,
– making notes of fuel stations on the way, and
– so much more.
So, mapping the itinerary beforehand makes your first caravan trip in the great Australian outdoors perfect and saves time and energy.
When it comes to your packing, you will not miss out on much. Instead, pack more than required. But in the excitement of your first ever caravanning adventure, you are most likely to overlook your caravan, which will be your home away from home.
Before heading out for the journey, caravan packing is very imperative. By caravan packing, we do not mean stuffing the caravan with your items but installing basic and important caravan accessories for safe and secured travel.
Here is the list of important caravan accessories for the caravan trip to make it easy for you.
A punctured tyre could leave you stranded in the middle. So, make sure you carry a spare tyre for the adjustment.
It is not sure if you will find a mechanic for repairing your caravan at the destination. Carry along the tool kit consisting of basic tools like a screwdriver, wrench so that you can repair the basic things like loose or broken wire by yourself.
Fire Blanket or Extinguisher
Any minor fault in the electric wires could lead to fire at the campsite. Make sure to equip your caravan with a fire blanket or fire extinguisher.
A caravan awning is the most important caravan accessory. It is a saviour. The unforeseen change in the weather and limited living space at the campsite could ruin your first ever caravan trip.
To be on the safer side, install Xtend Outdoors Caravan Awning. It is an excellent caravan accessory that safeguards you from the weather elements (like heavy rain, winds and harsh sunlight) and extends your living space as well.
In case you are towing the caravan, driving on the main road could be risky. So, install the towing mirrors to get a clear view of what’s behind your caravan. These eliminate the need to lurk behind while taking turns or changing the lane, as you can easily get a wider view.
Have a Safe and Secured Caravan Trip
After installing the above-mentioned caravan accessories, here are a few more things you need to take care of for a safe caravan trip.
– Ensure the gas is turned off.
– Check the fluid level of the caravan.
– Check the tyre pressure.
– Check caravan brakes.
– Pack all the external accessories.
– Check if everything is fine or is there any fault in the system.
After this, your caravan is road ready, and you can head out for your journey.
It is up to you how you want your first caravanning experience to be, full of shocks or a relaxing one. However, preparing for your first caravan trip can be stressful. But when you have planned your route and packed your caravan with all the necessary caravan accessories, you can send away all the mishaps from the door and have an enjoyable and hassle-free caravan trip.
Danny Smith is CEO and Founder of Xtend Outdoors Australia, which manufactures and sells caravan annexes, awnings, and accessories. He loves caravan holidays and frequently blogs about caravanning trips, parks, and tips.