Kakadu Annexes – Checklist for the Ultimate Caravanning Holiday

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As the weather heats up and the days become longer, one thing is certain – the Christmas holidays are not far away. Avoid the stressful hustle and bustle of the airports and take your family somewhere off the beaten track for a holiday they’ll never forget. And one of the best ways to explore this glorious Southern Land is to load up your caravan and go wherever the road takes you.

While eschewing mod-cons and living simply sounds easy enough, it requires a lot of pre-planning to ensure your trip is a success. To make the planning stage as stress-free as possible, we’ve prepared the Ultimate Caravanning Holiday Checklist.

1. First Aid Kit – This is a no-brainer. Even if you’re an experienced traveler, you shouldn’t leave home without a fully stocked first aid kit. A St. Johns Ambulance off-road first aid kit contains everything you need to handle any emergency that may arise.

2. Sunscreen and Insect Repellent – This is another obvious entry, however, it is also easily forgotten. If you don’t pack them, be prepared to pay exorbitant prices at caravan parks or local shops. Also, remember that sunscreen has a use by date – so ensure to pack a fresh bottle for each trip.

3. Awning – An awning is the perfect way to extend a caravan’s space, and protect you from the elements. There are several types of awning – each with their own unique benefits.

A full awning provides space equal to more than twice the size of your caravan. If you want to let the sunlight in, opt for a full awning with removable panels.

As the name suggests, a porch awning provides enough space for a table and chairs. This awning’s front panel can be rolled up in sunny weather and rolled down to keep out the wind and rain.

A canopy awning can be permanently or temporarily affixed to the sides of your caravan.

4. Snacks – Another essential item which is all too easily forgotten. Whether you prefer salty, sweet or savoury snacks, packing food to take with you on the road will make all the difference. It will save you time, money and keep the kids calm until you reach your destination.

5. Rainy-Day Entertainment – While most of us opt for screen-free holidays where we gain a new appreciation for nature, this is not always possible. A sudden downpour or overcast sky can force you to stay indoors. Opinion is still divided on devices like iPads or Smartphones, however books, board games and playing cards are essential.

6. Cooking Essentials – If you’re staying in an area which is not close to restaurants or convenience stores, remember to pack pots, pans, knives, forks, spoons, bowls, cutting boards, can openers and measuring cups. As mentioned previously, pre-packing food (such as: bread, cheese, meat, vegetables, etc.) is the most economical option.

7. Clothing and Bedding – The beauty of a caravanning holiday is you do not have to adhere to a schedule. Always ensure you pack more clothes in case your trip is extended or takes the family through different weather conditions. Basic staples include: t-shirts, underwear, jeans and socks. The most important consideration is packing according to the weather conditions (i.e. swimwear, raincoats, gloves, etc.).

For a comfortable night’s sleep wherever you are, always pack proper bedding. Include soft blankets and sheets, and blankets and pillows which provide head, neck and body support.

8. Toiletries – A well-stocked toiletry bag is one of the most important items to bring on any caravanning trip. However, in the rush of packing, some items may be forgotten. To ensure you always have everything you need, write a checklist of personal hygiene items. This may include: toilet paper, soap, shampoo, toothbrush, toothpaste, shaving cream, razors and more.

9. Torch and Matches – When camping, one of the most frustrating things is trying to find your way around in the pitch dark. This is when a torch can prove invaluable. It’s also handy when you plan to a late night stroll, or if you decide to sleep under the stars. Ensure the torch is in good working order, and always pack spare batteries. Matches are another valuable item. Use them to light the barbecue, to power a gas lantern, or as a light source in the event of a blackout.

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