Caravanning is one of my favorite forms of travel. I will never forget when we did the ‘big lap’ of Australia in our ‘pop-up’ campervan – we often commented about how we never wanted the adventure to end. I loved how, after a day exploring the outback, we would set up our cosy home-away-from-home and have everything we needed. I never took those luxuries for granted (especially my coffee machine in the middle of the desert), and typing this from my home office makes me long for that trip…I’m sure you know the feeling!
Here are my basic caravan packing hacks for your next break…
1. LISTS and more lists
We have our trusty list on the wall of our back shed that we use every time we head away with our pop-up. We add to it whenever we come up with a new idea to make our adventures even more enjoyable.
This applies to kitchen utensils and equipment, cleaning supplies, bedding, towels, a first aid kit, games, and camping furniture/equipment. Remember to clean it all when you get back from each trip so it is waiting and ready to go on your next one.
3. Keep a full set of toiletries stored in the van
Never run out of anything on the road, including toilet paper!
4. Have a dirty clothes bag that can go from van to house or van to laundromat
It always makes caravanning trips that much easier when clean clothes are separated from dirty clothes.
5. Always ensure the van is thoroughly cleaned upon your return and ready to go for the next trip
The last thing you want to do is spend a day cleaning your van when you are trying to go away on holiday.
They take up much less room than regular spice jars, and you can keep them in the caravan for future trips.
7. Buy a hanging shoe rack
Use it in your van for storing all kinds of things, such as cleaning rags, barbecue tools, sauces, bug spray, etc.
8. Pack baking paper
Use it on the camp stove and barbecue to ensure cleaning up is a breeze.
- Keep a well-equipped tool box, including a mallet, screwdrivers, spanners, fuses, etc.
- Keep a good quality hose bag for sullage and a drinking water hose.
- Always have citronella burners or candles on hand.
- Have cleaning cloths available to clean dirty gear, such as hoses, before packing.
- Ensure your fridge is stored with the door locked in the open position to allow air in and to stop mould between trips.
- Carry LED head torches for setting up camp in the dark.
- Carry two small walkie talkies, which are great to assist with reversing the van into a tight spot.