We just got our first caravan and we are starting taking trips.
I was wanting to know what some great things to take and pack. What are some useful tips/items etc
Any camping tips???
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04-02-2013 06:18 #1Gday Australia
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04-02-2013 07:08 #2
I am a future caravan owner! My caravan is on order and I am due to take delivery in 16 weeks- the beginning of June. Can't wait!
What caravan did you get? What are you towing it with?
What to pack? I'm sure it'll get refined as you go. I've already started buying certain things for the caravan, but I'm sure there'll be things I've forgotton or haven't thought about that I buy afterwards.
Some things that are on my list is;
Dinnerware (I'm going to get Corelle as I have a microwave in mine and melamine can't go in the microwave)
Table and/or chairs for eating
Toiletries and towels
04-02-2013 07:19 #3
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Subbing as we pick our new van up next week
04-02-2013 07:22 #4
04-02-2013 11:02 #5Gday Australia
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Well we have a old van that we are fixing up. It was hard finding full van that sleeps 4 kids and two adults. But we found an old one so its getting done up. I would love a new one but will wait for my kids to be older and then they can respect it
I've got plates, cutlery, sharp knives, tongs, saucepans,etc.
I want to get those rubber mats.
We don't have an oven or stove (microwave is going in) but was thinking if getting a convection oven to cook in on the bench top. Not sure if that's practical or not.
Was also thinking a urn so I've always got hot water for cuppas and dishes. Again not sure on this.
I do have a portable sink and bench. It sits outside and it's awesome since we cook and eat outside
Hmmm what else???
04-02-2013 13:48 #6
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Hi SM we are getting a River Eliminator and our tow vehicle is a diesel Patrol (that we have just chipped) what about you?
Like you off to get the Corelle dinner set and will transfer a lot of stuff from our trailer! Bought some rubber matting from the cheap shop for the floors also.
04-02-2013 14:14 #7
onelasttime- sounds good. It must be hard to accomodate 4 children, but it'll be so worth it- I'm sure they'll love it!
Noodle- never heard of River Caravans but it looks nice. I love the window above the queen bed- it's the little things, isn't it. Are you planning a first trip?
I'm getting a Windsor Entice 430. I have 1 child so we have an extra bed for a guest. I can't wait- 16 weeks can't go quick enough.
Oh, and my tow vehicle is a Toyota Aurion. It has a tow weight of 1600kg- hence the smaller caravan. Money didn't extend to a new car. I'm still hoping I win one!
I don't have an oven in mine but I think I'm going to get a Weber Q- that way, can use it for roasts, baking and bbqing.
Also, we're going to get a porta potty. For those late night trips when I don't feel like treking to the amenities by myself.
04-02-2013 14:25 #8
Love camping! We have a Golf pop-top camper, the Bush Challenger 1. We got it new back in July & go away with it whenever we can. We previously had a hard-floor camper, but the set up time was eating into our weekends too much. With the pop-top, we are set up in under 30 mins . We tow it with DH's work ute (Nissan Navara 4x4) if we're going bush camping. That way we can toss firewood in the tray. If we're staying in civilisation, we take our Kia Sorento.
OK, this is a looong list! Here is all the stuff that permanently lives in our camper:
2 sets of bed linen- one set on the bed and one set spare (I change the linen when we’re packing up, so the bed is clean & ready for next time)
Utensils- corkscrew, bottle opener, can opener, tongs, eggflip/spatula, BBQ scraper, egg rings, wooden spoon, scissors, potato peeler, grater, bag clips (for open chip packets), large strainer.
Chopping board, large knife & small knife
One large & one small saucepan
Lighter for gas stove/BBQ (handy to carry a spare as well)
Camping stove (2 burner) with gas cylinder
Hotplate for the camping stove (makes it into a mini-BBQ)
Wire stand for the camping stove
Plastic bowls in various sizes (for chips, lollies, fruit, cereal, etc)
Large mixing bowl
Re-usable containers in various sizes
Glad wrap and foil
Uncoated paper plates- the cheap, flimsy ones (we use these as ‘liners’ on the plastic plates to minimise washing up)
Food cover nets
Plastic drinking cups
Ceramic mugs (we made a drawer insert from foam & cut out holes for the mugs)
12V and regular mobile phone chargers
Portable radio/CD player (with aux cable for mp3 player)
Small first aid kit, box of panadol, aerogard, sunscreen
Lights, lights, lights- battery operated and wind-up torches, rechargeable LED lanterns, solar powered light, head lamps (miner-style), clip-on book lights.
Misc stuff like pens, paper, spare batteries, etc.
Paper towels, tissues and wet wipes
Flushable toilet seat covers and rolls of toilet paper
Rain ponchos (the $2 ones in the small packets)
Household stuff- Sponges, scourers, washing liquid, hand soap, laundry powder, jar of coins, fly spray, mortein mozzie lantern, refills for the lantern, plastic bags for rubbish.
Coffee, sugar, hot chocolate, tea bags
Condiments- olive oil, canola spray, BBQ & tomato sauce, seasoning/spices, salt, pepper, etc
Non perishable food- baked beans, four bean mix, noodle cups, tinned vegetables, soups, tuna, munchies, long life milk, etc.
Large piece of heavy-gauge shadecloth 3m x 3m(we use it as a mat underneath the camper awning instead of a tarp, no puddles when it rains)
Broom and dustpan & brush
Shovel, hammer, small axe, shifter, thin wire, wire cutters, cable ties, spirit level & other basic tools in DH toolbox.
Fishing rods & tackle box
Tennis racquets & balls
Tent pegs (various sizes), poles and ropes
Clothesline rope and pegs
Long outdoor extension lead & powerboards (for powered sites)
Hoses- one for filling water tank and one for drainage
Rubber thongs, plastic clogs (croc-style) and sneakers
Dedicated camping clothes (shorts, Tshirts, PJs, swimwear, socks) plus some winter items incase of a cold spell.
Duffel bag for dirty laundry
Backpack for excursions (bush walks, theme parks, etc)
Wheel chock and timber planks to put under the wheels & jockey wheel (use a spirit level to check before you unhook your car)
Stuff that goes in the car (super easy!):
Big ice chest and/or esky for drinks (depends how long we’re going away)
Fresh foods & cold drinks (sometimes we start up the camper fridge the night before we leave & I’ll pack the food straight in there. We run the fridge on gas while driving)
Small bag each for undies, toiletries, book, magazine, iPod, hat
Set of ‘nice’ clothes & shoes incase we go out somewhere for dinner or entertainment
Blow-up canoe, 12V pump, paddles, life jackets (if we’re going near a lake or ******)
Firewood if allowed to have fires
- You may have to rinse out the water tank with a solution of vinegar & water before the first use. We didn’t & the water tasted horrible!
- Do all your frying/messy cooking outside on a BBQ or camping stove. Set it up under a portable gazebo so you can use it in any weather.
- Use the stove inside the camper only to boil water, potatoes, eggs, etc. Stuff that won’t splatter & make a mess.
- Don’t do a hot breakfast the morning you are packing up if you are in a caravan park. Have all your cooking gear washed up & put away the night before and do a light breakfast of cereal, toast, yoghurt, &/or fruit. Its too stressful having to wash, dry & put away a heap of stuff in a hurry. Especially if rain could start any minute. Most parks have a 10am check-out, so you are packing up against the clock as well as the weather.
- Take a note of the consumable items that are running low so you can re-stock when you get home (eg. coffee, sugar, washing liquid, etc).
- Wash your camping linen & clothes straight away and return them to their spots in the camper.
- Line your drawers and cupboards with anti-slip matting.
- Practice setting up your camper, awning, gazebo, etc at home before you go camping the first time. It will give you an idea how long it takes & whether you’ve forgotten any items. Also, other campers will watch you set up like its a spectator sport! You don’t want to be flustering about and arguing with your DH because something is going wrong (yes, that does happen!).
- Put up the awning poles so the fabric slopes in one direction & water can run off.
- Don’t leave rubbish bags outside where possums or other wildlife can get into them. Use a bin with a lid, or keep it inside at night.
04-02-2013 14:35 #9
Lordy Lordy SD- I have a long way to go!
Thanks for the tips- very useful.
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04-02-2013 14:46 #10
No worries , and congrats on your new van!
That list was accumulated over many camping trips. We started off in caravan parks where we could duck out to a shopping centre for things we needed. I didn't realise how much stuff it added up to until I wrote it all out . But it is now our well-stocked mobile hotel room and we love it!
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