Going on a big trip in your caravan sounds like a lot of fun. However, in reality, it’s actually quite tricky. Without the right accessories and equipment, your trip can easily turn into a disaster.
The good news is that you don’t really have to worry about that. With proper planning and this list of essential caravan equipment, you’ll be able to make a really memorable caravan trip.
Here are the things you need to bring on your next trip:
Being on the road is full of surprises and you wouldn’t want to be surprised with some D.I.Y repairs without any tool to use. Whether it’s changing a tire or making adjustments in and out of your van, you need to be prepared.
First Aid Kit
Accidents can happen anytime and anywhere. With that, it’s a good idea to have a first aid kit in your caravan. Pack an antiseptic, allergy meds, bug repellants, pain relievers, and medicines for stomach upset.
While most caravan sites have a freshwater source, it’s still a good idea to bring your own water container to ensure that you’ll have enough water throughout your trip. Choose the right size based on the length of your trip as well as the number of people you’ll be traveling with.
You can get containers anywhere from 5 liters to 60 liters. Remember that the bigger the container, the bigger space it’ll eat up in your caravan. If you don’t have a lot of free space available, you can bring several smaller containers you can store in different parts of your caravan.
Being on the road doesn’t mean you can’t eat any delicious meal. If you have the right kitchen essentials, you can prepare your favorite dishes no matter where you are.
One of the first things you need to pack is a flat cutting board which you can easily fit in your camper van. Make sure that the one you choose has a grippy bottom so it won’t slide when you’re cutting.
Since your water supply is limited while traveling, you want cookware that’s easy to clean. If you travel frequently, go with non-stick cookware. You can also invest in a cast iron skillet. It’s a good option as you can take it outside and cook with it over a fire.
For plates and bowls, skip ceramic or glass dishware. You may also want to avoid enamel dishware as it’s noisy. Go with plastic cups, bowls, and plates as they are light, durable, and quiet.
A lot of today’s caravans are designed with flushing chemical toilets. Chemicals used in them make sure that waste is properly dissolved. A blue toilet fluid goes for the waste tank while a pink toilet fluid goes for the flush tank. You can also get an all-in-one toilet fluid if you’re looking for convenience.
A satellite phone can make it easy for you to get in touch with emergency services and roadside assistance should the need for them arises. It’s a good investment if you frequently travel to remote places.
A hitch lock is important for your caravan’s security. It prevents thieves from hitching up and towing your parked caravan. When properly installed, you won’t feel the need to constantly check on your van. You’ll have peace of mind when touring around.
Low Wattage Lighting and Appliances
Most caravan sites encourage the use of low wattage lighting and appliances to avoid completely draining their power supply. With that, try to invest in kettles, heaters, grills, toasters, and coffee makers that don’t eat up a lot of electricity.