Are you going on your first caravan trip and want to make sure that everything goes perfectly? Well, there’s nothing better than getting advice from those with the most experience to make sure you don’t miss a thing on your journey. We have compiled a selection of caravan accessories that you can’t miss if you want to enjoy your holiday without any mishaps.
Essential caravan accessories
Whether you have experience or not, this article is of interest to you. If this is the first time you are going to travel like this, let us advise you and get this list of accessories for caravans that will save you some headaches. If this is not your case, maybe you will find some useful ideas.
- Spare tyres and repair kit. A puncture can ruin your trip. Take a complete spare tyre or, failing that, a repair kit including a hydraulic jack.
- Fire extinguisher. Not only can the fire extinguisher minimise a breakdown if it catches fire, it could literally save your life. A fire blanket is also handy.
- Tool case. It is essential to have a screwdriver with bit holder, a hammer, a level, pliers, a box cutter, rope, cable ties and insulating tape, among others.
- Spare rear-view mirror. If you always have one ready, you won’t have to make dangerous or inefficient inventions in case of breakage.
- Levelling wedges. The levelling wedges provide stability and control the inclination of the compartment. Remember, however, that with them in place it is considered camping.
- Fuses. Many elements depend on electricity to operate. Have a fuse box ready with fuses from 5 A to 50 A.
- Starter clamps. Starter clamps are essential. Batteries can discharge when you least expect it and cause a problem.
- Hose and nozzles. Always have a 15-25 metre hose ready with all kinds of nozzles and adapters, especially if you are going abroad.
- Power adapters. This is another one of those devices that you may not use for years. But the day you need it, you breathe a sigh of relief when you see it in the accessories box.
- Spare gas. If you are leaving Spain, take enough gas for the whole trip, preferably Propane, which withstands lower temperatures without freezing. In other countries they use different mixtures or compounds, such as LPG.
- Spare parts for the toilet. If you don’t go camping, always carry a spare cassette and everything you need to avoid running out of this essential service, such as paper, tablets, liquids…
- Winter accessories. If you’re on the move in winter, get snow chains, a shovel, a window scraper…
- Food to spare. Bring cans, bottled water, powdered milk and other imperishable food in case you don’t feel like shopping one day.
- First Aid Kit. Carry an emergency first aid kit. In addition to what’s included, add medicines, diarrhoea treatment and lotions for bites or burns.
- Cooker. A spare portable cooker can be a good option in case something goes wrong. However, always outdoors and respecting the laws of the place where you are.
- Chairs and tables. More than one day you will want to eat outside. If you don’t bring a folding table and chairs you will regret it.
- LED lamp. Modern LED lamps have a much lower power consumption. Bring one for outdoor dining or sitting down to read a book.
- Games. Bring board games for the whole family. If you have children, also bring activity books, colouring scissors and arts and crafts. You will especially appreciate it on rainy days.
- GPS watch. There are GPS watches for kids that can save you a scare or two. They’re inexpensive and they’ll love wearing them.
- Walkie Talkie. As well as being fun, they are very useful, especially if you have small children. You’ll always be in touch when you’re out and about in the countryside or in town.
- Radio. It’s true that you have the one in the motorhome and the mobile phone, but you may need it at some point.
- GPS. An advanced satellite device can help you stay on track at all times. Some are configurable, so you can set your vehicle’s measurements and avoid getting stuck in an unwanted place.
- Solar chargers. It’s very practical and can get you out of trouble. There are now backpacks with panels included.
- Cash. Don’t put all your trust in your credit card or the NFC on your phone. Always carry a little cash for emergencies.
If you take these caravan accessories with you, you’re sure to save yourself a lot of hassle. It’s true that there are a few of them, but it’s worth spending a little more and travelling safely. Also, think that most of them will be useful for all the trips you make.