One great way to enjoy the beautiful land of America is to go caravanning. It’s not quite like booking a 5-star hotel, but it won’t hurt your budget so bad. You also have freedom to do more, or even less if you just want to stay in.
Before your adventure begins, you need to prepare well for it. To help you plan your trip, call the campsite or visit the visitor information center so you can get the right information. Learn about the fees, regulations, limitations, scenic spots, activities, and everything so you can prepare better for your trip.
Here are other tips to get the most of your caravan trips:
Spot check your vehicle
By this, we mean check the tires, the engine, brakes, etc. You obviously don’t want a ruined holiday because of sticking or being broken down somewhere. You want a smooth sailing trip so you can make the most of your time and enjoy all that there is to enjoy in your destination.
Caravans have safety regulations and weight limits, so pack only what is necessary. Even if you have the room for it, ask yourself if you are actually going to use it. You should also consider bringing things with multi-function rather than bringing multiple things for different purposes.
When packing your caravan, think about saving space, convenience, comfort, and safety. You may need to store some items outside the caravan, especially if they are items you use outdoors.
Below is a list of things you might want to bring with you. Of course, in the end, it’s up to you what you’ll bring, but these are just some that I would bring for myself. Consider how many you are packing for and bring extra utensils in case you have people over.
- Water filter
- An icebox, if not a small refrigerator to store perishable goods and cold drinks.
- Knives and thin cutting boards
- Plates, cups, mugs, bowls, cutlery, spatula, and tongs
- A propane camping grill
- Pots and Pans
- Kitchen towels, hand towels, and napkins
- Dishwashing tools and other cleaning supplies such as surface wipes.
- Ziplock bags and food containers in different sizes
For living/sleeping area
- Your pillows with pillow cases and your bed sheets.
- Quilt, covers and duvets for colder seasons(Kept somewhere when not in use)
- Towels (For showers and beach)
- Toilet rolls
- Soap, Shampoo, and conditioner
- Sunscreen and insect repellant
- First Aid Kit
- Toothbrush, toothpaste, floss
- Other personal care items
These are optional and they depend on what your hobbies are.
- Bike and gear
- Tents and tent repair kits
- Fishing gear
- Foldable chairs and tables
- Headlamp or torch
- In case you want to just chill, bring some books so you can catch up on some reading.
- Playing cards is a must for me because there are so many games you can play with them. You can also bring board games if you want.
- Telescope or binoculars
- A music player and portable speakers
- Electric hook up cables
- Fire Extinguisher
- Small sweeping brush
- Mini fan
- Wash line
- Solar power charger
- cleaning tools and trash bags
Plan Your Route Wisely
Planning can take you a long way. If you poorly plan a trip, you could end up ending it sooner because you’ve run out of funds or something. Call campsites and ask about fees so you can work it in your budget as well.
You should do your research about different activities nearby or the sights to see. You should also consider getting an annual pass if you want to visit many national parks. It’ll fall cheaper than getting one each time you enter a park.
I hope these tips will help you with your caravanning journey. Of course, every camper is different, so there might have other things you want to bring along. If you have comments, questions or tips of your own, please feel free to share them in the comment section below.
Drive safely, enjoy your trip, and don’t forget to take loads of photos!
About the Author
Warren Kuhn is an outdoor and camping enthusiast, always out to seek for the thrill and adrenaline that only nature gives. He even took up survival training to prepare him for the worst-case scenarios while outdoors. While his background, you can learn a lot from him so you can get the most of the camping trip at TheCampingTrips.