Turn Packing for Your Caravanning Holiday In To An Art Form

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While essential, packing can be one of the most frustrating aspects of planning your holiday. Most families fall into one of two categories: a) Those who don’t pack enough and spend their holiday combing the shops for essentials, or b) Those who pack too much and can’t find what they need in the clutter.

Fortunately, with some careful planning and organisation, you’ll have nothing to do but relax and recharge. Read on for a detailed list of what to pack to ensure you have a family road trip you will never forget.

Storage – As storage space is at a premium in a caravan, stackable plastic bins are a great way store small items (i.e. toiletries, non-perishable foods, etc.). Give each person one or two small containers for clothing, shoes and other personal items.

Clothing – When travelling around Australia, you should always pack according to the climate (which, as you know, can change in an instant). In some regions, temperatures can halve overnight. So, study the area’s average temperature and rainfall before setting off. Here are some essential items:

  • 3 T-Shirts
  • 1 Cotton Shorts
  • 1 Pair of Board Shorts
  • 2 Pairs of Jeans/Long Pants
  • Enough Underwear and Socks to last between washes
  • 1 Hat, Beanie and Sunglasses
  • 1 Pair of Shoes and Thongs
  • 1 Weather-Proof Jacket

Linen – Wherever your destination, include:

  • 1 Pillow
  • 2 Sheets
  • 1 Blanket
  • 1 Sleeping Bag
  • 1 Towel

Food – Ensure you pack staples and top up perishable items as necessary. To keep your budget under control, establish a set menu. To create an inventive menu, include items from the following categories:

  • Grains – Rice, flour, cereal, etc.
  • Condiments – Tomato, chilli and barbeque sauce, salt and pepper, etc.
  • Protein – Bacon, eggs, red and white meat, etc.
  • Fruit and Vegetables – 1-2 portions of fruit per day, and 4-5 portions of vegetables per day
  • Snacks – Crackers, baked beans, chips, etc.

Kitchen Equipment – Kitchen equipment can be bulky, so only pack what you will use. Some essential items include cookware (with lids), plastic crockery, sharp knives, chopping boards, cooking utensils, storage containers, gladbags, aluminium foil, broom, rubbish bags and lightweight trivets.

Bathroom – To avoid buying supplies during your trip, ensure you pack adequate toiletries for the journey, including shampoo, conditioner, soap, razors, toothbrushes, toothpaste, toilet paper, cleaners, sunscreen, insect repellent, rags, scourers, sponges and buckets.

Equipment – A well-stocked safety kit should include everything you need to keep your caravan in working order. That includes a first-aid kit, fire extinguisher and basic toolkit for everyday needs.

Having the following will also help with the actual journey and setting up/pack down:

  • Emergency Position Indicating Radio Beacon (EPIRB)
  • Corner steadies and stabilisers
  • Towing mirrors
  • Compressor
  • Jack stands
  • Spare jack
  • Torches and rope
  • Duct and electrical tape

Spares – If you’re planning an extended trip away from large towns, carrying spares is essential. Ensure you have: 2 wheels and tyres, 1-2 wheel bearings, nuts and bolts, electrical wire, interior and exterior light bulbs, radiator hose and clamps, fanbelt, coolant and motor oil.

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