Do you dream of packing your bags and hitting the open road but are worried you’ll forget something? If you want to make sure your trip becomes a positive story you will tell the grandkids about for years to come, here are some top caravan road-trip tips to remember.
If you are going to be spending a lot of time in your car or caravan, the most important tip to remember is to ensure it is 100% roadworthy and safe. Check your tyre pressure, pump them up if needed, and keep at least one spare with you. Check your water and oil, and if you are going to be travelling long distances, it is a good idea to have a professional look at your vehicle before setting out.
Maps and GPS
Asking for directions may become a point of contention when on a road trip, so having navigation software like GPS or Google Maps can help ease tensions. It’s as easy as entering the address of your destination – exact or general – and letting the technology plot your course for you. This doesn’t mean you can’t go wherever the whim takes you, but it is always a handy tool to have. If you are going to locations where there is no phone or internet reception, a physical map works just as well.
The last thing you want is for your car or caravan to break down and find out your coverage has lapsed. Prior to setting off on your great journey, make sure your roadside assist payments are up to date or arrange to get coverage if you don’t already have it.
Tool Box and First Aid Kit
Something else you don’t want to be caught without is a toolbox and first aid kit. A good torch can help you navigate in the dark, with spare batteries in case they run out of power. The contents of your first aid kit will generally be the same regardless of where you go, but for outback destinations, it is also good to include items that can help in case of a snake or spider bite.
Stop, revive, survive. Taking the time for breaks will not only let you stretch your legs and breathe the fresh air but gives you the chance to see more of the country you might miss while driving.
Depending on how long you will be travelling for, and what restaurants and cafes are along the way, a good tip is to pack plenty of water and snacks. You can gather these from grocery stores, convenience stores, or dedicated camping stores.
Secure Your Possessions
The last thing you want is for something to fall and break while you’re on the road. Secure all small objects both inside and outside the car or caravan, including bicycles you may be bringing along.
Make a list before you leave and follow Santa’s example by checking it twice. Once you are sure you have packed everything you will need, you will be able to focus on enjoying yourself and creating amazing new memories.