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Tips for the Perfect Campervan Trip

August 20, 2019 Motoring No Comments Email Email

Traveling in a campervan is an exciting way to explore new lands, offering convenience and freedom not possible with a plane trip and hotel stay. If you are about to embark on your first campervan trip or just want to make your next one your best, follow these tips for a safe, rewarding and fun experience on the road.

Pack Necessary Gear

When you stay in a hotel or inn, filling your suitcase with clothing, toiletries and shoes is sufficient. When you are exploring the world in a campervan, you’ll need much more to make your home away from home comfortable and convenient.

For a good night’s rest, pack a sleeping bag, pillows and blankets. If space is an issue, choose a compressible pillow that packs small but expands big.

To curb hunger on the road and enjoy warm meals, bring a gas cooker and fuel. Don’t forget essentials like aluminum foil, cutlery, cups, plates and bowls, plastic bags, water jugs, bottles and simple cookware.

Don’t forget to pack gear to protect you from the elements, including bugs. If you’re traveling to a location with mosquitos or other pests, consider investing in Campsmart awnings or another shelter to enjoy the outdoors without constantly swatting away flying insects. Bringing bug spray and citronella candles can also keep you comfortable and protected.

Research Camping Spots

Before you load up your campervan and hit the road, research safe places to spend the night. Not all campsites are free, so look for those that provide the amenities you want at a price point you can afford. Read online reviews before making your choice, especially if you decide to spend the night in free rest areas.

Stay in Touch

Leave a copy of your rough itinerary with someone at home and make a plan to check in. Someone should always know where you are in case you get stranded or experience an emergency. A daily text or brief phone call to a friend or relative is enough. You’ll enjoy your experience much more knowing that should something happen, someone knows your location.

Plan to Be Flexible

While you are planning your trip and daydreaming about your destinations, jot down a list of the things you most want to see. Use this list to plan your route, but avoiding making a very tight schedule. Part of the joy of traveling via campervan is having the freedom to change your plans on a whim. Embrace that part of the adventure and allow yourself the flexibility to stop at a roadside diner, detour to a charming town or spend a few extra hours enjoying particularly stunning scenery.

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