Everyone dreams of being able to take off in their camper van and travel far and wide (and probably never come back to reality).
Now, whilst we would all love the freedom of being on the road, having both a hotel and a vehicle in one and being able to see all the mesmerising sights of the world from the comfort of our own vans – it’s simply not that easy.
Don’t worry though, we’ve got you covered when it comes to planning your trip of a lifetime. These handy tips will ensure a seriously smooth ride…
1. Make Friends With Fellow Campers
If you’re following a popular route then theres a high chance that you’ll run into many fellow travellers on your way. By making a bit of conversation, you could get some inside knowledge on where the best places are to go. You’ll also have more buddies to hang out with and if they have a more updated model, you might be able to feel the perks, e.g having a fridge could mean better food and drink!
2. Keep Food Sealed And Safe
You might think that keeping your windows and doors closed is all it takes to keep your food fresh, but pesky pests will definitely find a way into your camper van to steal your beloved snacks. To stop this, keep all of your supplies in tupperware and to be extra careful, tie an elastic band around the box too.
3. Stay In Campsites When Possible
It’s all well and good wanting to camp at the beach or on a mountain but it can get pretty tough after a couple of days. Without toilets, hot showers and the company of other people, don’t be surprised if you start to detest each other. To keep you sane, make sure you head to camp sites regularly to sleep for the night, bathe, speak to other travellers and chill for a while before you head back off on the road again.
4. Be Prepared For Fines
Let’s face it, if you’re in a camper van, the chances are that you’re going to stick out like a sore thumb, which means that if you’re speeding or heading somewhere you’re not supposed to be, you’re going to get caught pretty fast. Make sure you do some research beforehand of the place you’re going to and what their rules and regulations are on the road.
5. Laugh At Your Mistakes
Sure, we might have you covered with these tips, but realistically not everyday is going to run smoothly. Instead of dwelling on the little things, just laugh them off and enjoy your trip with your loved ones.
6. Make Sure You Invest In Air Conditioning
Chances are you’re going to want to travel somewhere where the sun is beaming all day long so it’s essential to invest in air-conditioning. Nothing is worse than driving 10 hours a day, going to sleep and waking up in the morning feeling like you’re in the Sahara Desert. Sure, the luxury item might eat into your fuel tank, but that’s better than melting!
7. Watch Out For Hooligans
You might think that you’ve found the coolest camping spot only for it to be ruined by the local hooligans. It’s always best to research these places beforehand to make sure you’re unlikely to be disturbed or, if you just stumble onto it by accident, keep your wits about you and stand your ground.
8. Beware Of The Bugs!
If you’re planning to travel the likes of Australia, it’s likely that you’ll run into a whole host of critters, so make sure you’re doing daily checks of your van so you don’t hear any eight-legged beasts going bump in the night.
9. Save It For The Rainy Days
Being a traveller means that you’re going to be outdoors for most of your time away, but if it rains you have limited activities inside a van. To avoid the torrential downpours but still keep to your budget, why not head to local arcades or find out if there are any museums with free entry to keep your mind occupied.
10. Pack The Minimal
You’re not staying in a penthouse suite so you shouldn’t pack your belongings as if you are. Bring just the bare essentials since you can always buy more clothes, toiletries, food and drink on the road.
11. Shower Whenever You Get A Chance
Since it might be quite sporadic when you stay at campsites, you need to take full advantage when you do. Have as many showers as you can since it can get pretty grubby in the van.
12. Be Prepared For Things To Go Wrong
You will have the best time of your life, living your dreams and travelling to your favourite destinations but don’t be surprised if things don’t always go your way. Take things that go wrong with a pinch of salt and keep an open mind. Plans may change, locations may change, you may have trouble with your camper van but as long as you’re having fun, it will all be worth it in the end.