Preparing for Your First Campervan Trip

Campervans are one of those things in life that are just cool. Undeniably, unquestionably, cool. Even those people that have never been in one, or even wanted to, can’t deny that they look fantastic. For this reason, many of us dream of owning our own vintage campervan.

In our dreams, our ever cool van is ready to go at the drop of a hat. It can take us across the country, park up on beaches and let us live our dream boho life, if only for a little while.

The reality of campervanning is often a little different, however. Many people find that the van is too small, they are too cramped and crowded that it’s uncomfortable and cold. Even that they often need expensive repairs. That’s why campervan hire is a wonderful alternative. Hiring a van gives you a chance to go on a campervan break and get a feel for that kind of travel, without spending a fortune on restoring or maintaining something that you might not even enjoy.

If you are looking at hiring a van to take your first campervan trip, here are some great tips to help you to have the best possible break.

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Make Sure You Can Drive It

Don’t just assume that you can get into the cabin and head off on a long distance trip. Driving a campervan might be very different from driving your usual car. Take it on a test drive on a quiet route to make sure can drive (and park) it before you set off.

Do a Bit of Planning

One of the biggest appeals of a campervan is that you are free. You can go where you want when you want. But, this isn’t always the best way to travel. A bit of planning can help to make your trip perfect. Think about where you want to go and what you want to see. Look for the best spots to stay, considering electric hookups, facilities, and local stores and attractions. You might find that a little planning leads to a smoother and less stressful trip.

Make Sure You Really Like Your Travel Companion

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A campervan trip might not be ideal for your first romantic weekend with a new partner. You are in close quarters. Things can get tense and become awkward and uncomfortable. Travel with someone that you are close to and no well. But, at the same time, be prepared to take some time out on your own when you can. A few hours apart might save your relationship.

Pack the Essentials

It’s probably safe to assume that there’ll will be plenty of stores along your route, and you’ve obviously got access to a vehicle. But, it’s still a good idea to pack what you need. You don’t want to be traveling around trying to find things that you’ve forgotten, and space in your van might be tight even without buying additions. Make sure you’ve got all of the essentials packed before you leave home.

Start Small

Just because you are on wheels and free to see the world, doesn’t mean that you have to. At least not all at once. For your first campervan trip, why not stay relatively close to home? Spend the break getting used to driving your van, without having to worry about look distances. Then, get used to living in a small space, without having to worry about packing everything that you might need for a more extended trip. A weekend, near to come to plenty for you to enjoy the experience and get used to things, without putting pressure on yourself to become an expert campervanner the first time.

Get Meal Planning

Campervans are compact.There’s no getting away from that fact. With clever packing, and fantastic layouts, you can fit a lot in. But, you won’t have space for a big shop, or all of your kitchen appliances and utensils. You might have a small fridge and a food cupboard, as well as a microwave and some other basics, but a lot of your cooking might be done outdoors on a fire or travel cooker and you might be limited to a couple of pots and pans.

Before you go, find some easy one-pot recipes that can be cooked on a campfire or in a microwave. Think about meals that will keep well, and warm up again next day. Try to get as many meals as you can out of few ingredients, and plan what you’ll need to cook and store all of your food.

About the author


Martin was born in England but now lives in Perth, Western Australia. He has a passion for breakfast, coffee, hot curries & fast food, and is a cat & Dalek person.

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