Travelling in a campervan comes with much less stress and preparation compared to other means of travel, but it’s still important to keep the following points in mind to prepare yourself for a great trip. Road trips are great for exploring and going out on your own adventures, seeing some incredible sights that you may not see travelling by plane, ferry or train, and remembering these essential tips will help ensure you have a trip to remember.
Create an Itinerary
Whilst there is a lot of spontaneity when travelling via campervan, there are a few things that you need to plan beforehand, just in case. Creating a rough itinerary before you set out on your travels will really help you to have an understanding of what to expect and where you need to go. Figure out which campsites you can stop at, as some may become full or close at certain times of the year. You should also decide exactly what you want to do throughout your trip, for example, if there are any key landmarks or places you’d love to visit.
It’s very, very easy to get carried away when packing for a trip, especially when you don’t have the dreaded weight limit to work with. Campervans are, however, limited for space and packing too much unnecessary stuff will result in your camper feeling cramped and untidy. You want to try and utilise the space you have, so be sensible with your packing choices, only taking essential items to ensure you have what you need for each day, without the added extras. You can always purchase things that you may need later on in the trip, so there’s no need to worry about not having enough stuff.
Check the Camper
Whether your camper is brand new, or you’ve had it for a few years, it’s always important to check the camper over before heading out on your trip. Check the important things such as gas levels, battery status, water levels and oil. You can then add essential items to your camper to be on the safe side, such as additional gas, a leisure battery charger, water and so on. If you head out on your trip without checking these and they happen to be low or empty, you may find yourself experiencing some issues and potentially having to spend a lot of money on sorting it out.
Prepare for the Weather
Having a campervan is ideal as you’re able to travel around, whilst staying warm and dry. The weather can be so unpredictable so it’s really important to bare this in mind before you embark on your adventure. Campervans are perfect for keeping you warm and dry, but for those overcast evenings where you want to enjoy the outdoors, you’ll find that having a campervan awning or sheltered area will be really beneficial. You should also always pack plenty of essential weatherproof items, from wellies and walking boots, to raincoats and waterproof trousers, as you just never know when the weather may turn!
Get to Know Your Campervan
Driving a campervan in comparison to a car can be very different, so it’s always a good idea to get to know your vehicle and have a little practice before your adventure begins. Figure out how you want your seat to sit whilst driving, how easy the gears are to move through and where your mirrors need to be positioned, and this will give you confidence when the day comes. It’s also really useful to get to know other features of your vehicle, such as height, width and so on. This will help you when it comes to parking, driving through tunnels and under bridges.