Are you looking forward to a trip with your camper van but you’re too lazy to make a list of things you need to take with you? Don’t worry, we understand you, we know how annoying it is to set off with all the excitement in the world and halfway through the trip realise that you’ve left the cooking oil and salt behind.
As we want you to have an unforgettable experience without any mishaps such as forgetting the essentials for your day-to-day life during your trip, we have compiled a list of essentials for organising your new camper van adventure.
List of 7 essentials to organise your camper van trip:
1. Documents to take in the camper van
How many of us have forgotten our ID card at home? It is important to always carry your passport or ID card with you, as well as your driving licence and motorhome documentation. Before setting off, make sure that the van is fit for long journeys.
2. Comfortable clothing
Before organising your camper van you should be aware that you are going to be sitting for many hours without being able to stretch your legs comfortably, so the most comfortable thing to do is not to wear clothes that are too tight or too rigid. If you decide to travel in very cold weather, remember to take a coat, a scarf, a hat and a mackintosh in case it rains. Also, even if it’s summer, take warm pyjamas for the evenings – it’s better to be safe than sorry. And if you’re brave enough, take a swimming costume or neoprene wetsuit to get you into icy rivers or seas. If you’re thinking of hiking, it’s advisable to wear socks with hiking boots, and if you’re not, then some trainers that aren’t too soft so that your feet don’t get sore or blistered.
3. Camper van accessories
Before embarking on a new adventure, it is necessary to carry a tool bag in case of any mishap, such as a spare wheel and repair kit, a torch or lantern, a gas cylinder in case you have a shower and want to take a hot shower, some chains for the wheels in case it snows or the ground is slippery, some spare fuses, some tablets for the toilet in order to decompose waste and avoid bad smells. For any battery problems it is advisable to carry a power plug with adaptor, and if you don’t know whether you are going to sleep on a flat or sloping ground it is important to carry a levelling wedge to sleep without the feeling of blood rushing to your head or falling down.
4. Kitchen kit
If you are planning to cook and eat in the van, it is essential to bring kitchen utensils, such as cutlery with plates and glasses, kitchen paper, frying pans and saucepans, tupperware to store leftover food, a coffee maker and kettle for coffee and tea lovers, and a camping gas if you don’t have or don’t feel like using the motorhome’s stove.
5. Food for travelling
When organising your camper van it is important to take something to snack on the way, whether it be nuts, chips, biscuits or soft drinks. Also, if you don’t have a fridge it is advisable to take cold food so that it doesn’t go bad, such as oil, salt, vinegar and spices for cooking, take litres or jugs of water, buy breakfast beforehand, such as sliced bread or cereals and soluble or normal coffee, as well as milk. For snacks between meals you can take seasonal fruit, a variety of snacks and something sweet if you are a chocolate lover. And if you have a fridge, you can take meat or fish to cook wherever you go.
6. Entertainment accessories
During the trip it is normal that there are boring and heavy moments, and even more so if there are also children. So it is advisable to bring board games, such as Parcheesi or Party&CO, digital devices with previously downloaded applications where internet is not necessary, a guitar or any instrument, Spanish cards or UNO, take shovels or balls to play when you arrive at your destination, and if you are travelling with a pet, bring something for them to have fun with, such as a ball or a doll.
7. Accesorios complementarios
This will depend on the destination and the season of the year, but the most necessary things you should bring, regardless of the weather, are a towel for both shower and bath; an umbrella in case it rains; a toiletry bag with your personal belongings (try to bring as much as you can, including soap and toothpaste, you never know if there will be any at your destination); a rubbish bag, a water bottle and a rucksack in case you decide to go on a route; it is important not to leave toilet paper and tissues behind; a cool box even if you have a fridge; sun cream and a hat for sunny days; mosquito cream and Vaseline; tables and chairs if they are not included in the motorhome, as well as blankets in case it gets cold at night; a leash for pets; and masks and medicines to avoid any discomfort during the route.
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