If you’re venturing off into the great outdoors on a campervan trip, then there are a few essentials to pack that should make life easier and a really enjoyable trip.
First of all, don’t get lulled into a false sense of security. Just because you’re travelling in what is essentially your home, doesn’t mean you will have plenty of room to bring more stuff! In fact, it’s quite the opposite. The space easily gets used up in a campervan when you have to factor in luggage, seating, bedding and literally the kitchen sink!
Packing for your motorhome journey
Before you hit the road, make sure you have these ten things packed – the rest of your items are luxuries!
This may seem like an obvious point, but you will no doubt be eating on campsites or cooking on a campfire, so you will need to have food to start with. Try to avoid packing lots of bulky foods that will take up a lot of cupboard space. Opt for tinned and dried alternatives that won’t perish, but are easy to store too.
It’s so easy to think you can buy it along the way, but if you’re heading into remote countryside like the Outback, there may not be towns for days, so make sure you have a decent supply of water in your van at all times.
A campervan trip usually means no luxuries like TV or the internet, so you’ll need an alternative to keep you entertained. Make sure you have a decent selection of music and player, books, playing cards and even a good old fashioned board game. These are great for keeping everyone entertained, and they generally don’t take up too much room either.
- Soft Bags
Swap your hard top suitcase for a squidgy soft bag for your luggage. It’ll squeeze into the storage compartments a lot easier, leaving more room for living, sleeping and breathing!
- Insect Repellent
It doesn’t matter where you’re camping, in the great outdoors there is inevitably going to be plenty of insects around, especially mosquitos! Keep the little biters at bay by packing lots of insect repellent, as well as citronella candles to burn outside too.
- First Aid Kit
If you’re on the road, it’s important to have a fully stocked first aid kit in your van in case you have any mishaps along the way. Make sure you know what everything is too, so in case of an emergency you know how to use it all.
- Cool Box
Fridge space is premium in a campervan and should be prioritised for perishable foods, but if you want to keep your drinks cool, you can pack an additional cool box too.
- Beach Towels
Most campervan rentals come with towels included, but there might not be enough to double up and there’s nothing more annoying that trying to dry yourself with a soggy, sandy towel after your shower, so pack a beach towel.
- Sun Protection
This is especially important in Australia as the sun can get extremely hot, so make sure you have the appropriate sunscreen, sunglasses and protective clothing to keep you from burning and protect your eyes.
There will no doubt be lots you’ll want to capture from panoramic views to the perfect selfie, so be sure to pack your camera, so you don’t miss out on any photo opportunities. Also pack a spare battery and memory card or films too.
One last thing
Don’t forget to take along your motorhomes information, including the manual, to ensure that you know how everything works, particularly if it’s a hire vehicle. You don’t want to have packed everything but the instruction manual, and then struggle with your vehicle on the open road!
Remembering to take everything above with you on your motorhome journey will not only save you money, but it will also save time trying to find somewhere that stocks the essential item you’ve forgotten or run out of!