The humble campervan has been a mainstay in domestic family holidays for decades now but is experiencing a considerable boom in interest lately – and especially amongst younger people. Campervan trip combines the freedom of the open road with the frugality of camping, making them the perfect choice for people hoping to enjoy a getaway despite a smaller budget for holidays.
But if your next campervan trip is your first, there are some essential things you should think to pack before you embark. This is especially true for the winter months when colder weather and icier roads make camping much riskier than in the summer.
While your campervan trip planning is undoubtedly exciting, and while it can be easy to get carried away with the planning more fun and interesting parts of your trip, it is important that the essentials come first. Start with your campervan itself; what are some of the key essentials to bring in order to keep your campervan running healthily during your trip?
Jerry cans for carrying additional fuel can be useful for longer trips and for ensuring you do not run out of power during rural stays (more on which shortly). You should endeavor to put together a breakdown kit, including jumper cables, spare spark plugs, and tools for changing tires or fixing punctures.
As well as essentials for maintaining your campervan, you should also devote some time to collecting some emergency essentials for yourself and your fellow campers. If you find yourself broken down or stranded, you should have enough equipment and resources to keep yourselves comfortable until help arrives.
For starters, bringing generators on your trip means you can keep your devices charged in the event of a breakdown; if you have a powerful enough generator, you may even be able to jump-start a dead battery in order to get back on the road and towards help.
You should also pack plenty of blankets and duvets for yourself and your fellow travelers to keep yourselves warm if you find yourself broken down without your camper’s heating. Crank-powered torches mean you can keep the lights on without the need for a battery. Nutrient-rich grain bars are small in size but nutritious and filling and can keep you sated until help arrives.
Camping and Comfort
So far, your packing has been concerned almost entirely with safety and comfort in the event of a breakdown. While this kind of packing is crucial, breakdowns are thankfully rare – and with emergency planning aside, you can focus fully on the more exciting parts of your campervan trip.
Food is the obvious provision here, with snacks and fun foods often defining an evening around the campfire or stove. But just as important is furniture for you and your friends. Extra camping chairs will certainly not go amiss, nor will additional cushions and duvets for winter snuggling.
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