Caravanning is fun, we all know this. But, without the right gear it can quickly turn nightmarish… bring the right stuff and make the most of it!
What Gear to Bring
|SUGGESTED EQUIPMENT||TYPES OF CARAVANNING|
|Awning – Rollout or Removable||?||?|
|Battery Charger and/or Solar Panel||?|
|Battery in Caravan||?|
|Buckets x 2||?||?|
|Door Lock (spare)||?||?|
|Esky or Car Fridge||?||?|
|First Aid Kit||?||?|
|Folding Table and Chairs||?||?|
|Friction Sway Control||?||?|
|Fuel Container (minimum 10 litres)||?|
|Gloves (suitable for hitch up)||?||?|
|Gas Bottle (spare)||?|
|Gas Lantern & Mantles or 12V Light||?|
|Globes and Fuses (12V and 240V)||?||?|
|Groundsheet (for under van inspection)||?||?|
|Hitch Pin Lock||?||?|
|Hose Clamps (assorted sizes)||?|
|Hose (mains pressure drinking quality/food grade)||?||?|
|Hose Connectors and Tap Fittings||?||?|
|Jack Feet or Blocks of Wood||?||?|
|Jack to Suit Caravan||?||?|
|Level Ride Safety Clips (spare)||?||?|
|Lock for Coupling||?||?|
|Octopus Straps of Various Lengths||?||?|
|Outdoor Floor Matting||?||?|
|Pliers: Cutting, Flat & Pointed||?|
|Pop Riveter & Rivets||?|
|Power Lead, 10 metres||?||?|
|Power Lead, extra 10 metres||?|
|Rake (small, for clearing sites)||?||?|
|Road Atlas (less than 2 years old)||?||?|
|Rope (10 metres light and medium)||?|
|Screwdriver: Blade and Phillips||?||?|
|Silicon Lubricant Spray||?|
|Silicone Sealant and Dispenser||?|
|Spanner to suit Towball||?||?|
|Spare wheel #1||?||?|
|Spare wheel #2||?|
|Tent Pegs (spare)||?||?|
|Torch and Spare Battery||?||?|
|Towing Mirror Spares (Straps, Head etc)||?|
|“U” Bolts, fish plates and nuts (spare)||?|
|Water Container (minimum 5 litres)||?||?|
|WD 40, CRC or INOX||?||?|
|Wheel Bearing Set||?|
|Wheel Brace and Extension Handle||?||?|
|Wheel Chocks x 2||?||?|
|Wheel Nuts & Studs (spares)||?|
|Wheel Nut Adaptor to suit Wheel Brace||?||?|
|Wire (light gauge)||?|
- Bedding: Sheets, blankets, pillows, and sleeping bags.
- Kitchen essentials: Cookware, utensils, plates, bowls, cups, and a kettle.
- Food and beverages: Non-perishable food items, snacks, water, and drinks.
- Toiletries: Toilet paper, soap, towels, and personal hygiene products.
- First aid kit: Including bandages, antiseptic ointment, pain relievers, and any necessary medications.
- Tools and equipment: Basic toolkit, tire pressure gauge, spare tire, jack, and wheel brace.
- Camping chairs and table: For outdoor seating and dining.
- Lighting: Flashlights, lanterns, and extra batteries.
- Entertainment: Books, board games, playing cards, and any other forms of entertainment you enjoy.
- Maps and navigation aids: GPS device, road maps, and a compass.
- Safety equipment: Fire extinguisher, smoke alarm, and carbon monoxide detector.
- Camping gear: Tent (if you plan to camp outside the caravan), camping stove, and camping gear appropriate for your activities.
When it comes to clothing, consider the weather conditions of your destination and pack accordingly. Some items to consider include:
- Comfortable and weather-appropriate clothing such as t-shirts, shorts, pants, and jackets.
- Swimwear and beach towels if you plan to visit coastal areas or swimming spots.
- Rain gear such as raincoats and umbrellas.
- Sturdy and comfortable footwear for outdoor activities and walking.
- Extra layers and warm clothing for cooler evenings or if you’re traveling to colder regions.
- Hats, sunglasses, and sunscreen for sun protection.
To ensure a safe and enjoyable caravan trip, consider the following safety precautions:
- Conduct a thorough pre-trip inspection of your caravan, checking tires, brakes, lights, and other important components.
- Familiarize yourself with the caravan’s towing and braking systems.
- Secure all items inside the caravan to prevent shifting while in motion.
- Adhere to weight limits and load your caravan properly for balanced weight distribution.
- Follow safe driving practices, including maintaining a safe speed, allowing for ample braking distance, and adjusting your driving style for caravan towing.
- Carry emergency supplies such as a first aid kit, roadside assistance information, and emergency contact numbers.
- Stay informed about weather conditions and potential hazards in the areas you’ll be traveling through.
- Lock your caravan and keep valuables secure when you’re away from it.
- Follow campground rules and guidelines for safe camping practices.
Having insurance for your caravan is highly recommended. Caravan insurance can provide coverage for accidental damage, theft, public liability, and other unforeseen events. It offers financial protection and peace of mind during your travels. Make sure to read the policy terms and conditions carefully and choose coverage that suits your needs.