Motorhomes and Campervans open up a whole new world filled with adventure, allowing travellers to explore on their own schedule while avoiding expensive hotel costs. Are you considering an adventure on four wheels but don’t know where to start? Well, start here…
Motorhome holidays are becoming more and more popular with British families who are now beginning to choose this type of holiday over more the traditional all-inclusive package deals. Motorhomes are pretty well-equipped these days, with cookers, beds, storage, washing facilities and electricity all as standard features. With campsites available in even the most remote places, suddenly you’re not tied down to other people’s opening hours, but free to go your own way and save money at the same time.
After hiring your vehicle (even better if you have your own!), the only real outlays are the minimal campsite charges, petrol and food, so you can put the leftover cash towards future trips or simply treat yourself to extra activities or experiences while you’re away.
It is important to bear in mind that depending on the size of your chosen campervan, you may need to apply for a category C driving license if your vehicle is larger than 3.5 tonnes in weight. Those who passed their test prior to 1997 are covered. But if you haven’t ventured out in a large vehicle before it can take some getting used too.
- Do your research for getting a campervan.
Make sure you look around and don’t buy the first campervan you see. After seeing some online, you’ll know what’s a reasonable price and what’s not. Consider buying a 4×4 wheel drive especially if you’re planning to see more and go off-road.
- Make sure you have all the necessary gear.
What do you need to pack for living in a campervan? It’s not as simple as just putting a mattress in the back of your car. You will need to consider equipment for cooking, sleeping and living in general. For example, it’s useful to have a gas cooker to make breakfast and dinner. But you also need plates, cutlery and other cookware. Sometimes, you may camp somewhere remote and just want to read a book or play a game of cards with your travel mates. Then it’s useful to have decent light. Below is a list of travel essentials for your trip:
- Sleeping bag
Food & Cooking:
- Gas cooker & fuel
- Aluminium foil
- Plates, bowls, cups and cutlery
- Camping cookware kit
- Plastic bags
- Food & beverage cooler
- Water Jug
- Water bottles
Next to sleeping items, cookware and clothing, there are also other necessities which may be useful to take with you. Think about everything you plan on doing while on the road; hiking, showering, swimming, reading a book, playing cards before bedtime, charging your phone etc.
- Universal travel adaptor
- Battery pack
- Spare batteries
- Mosquito Repellant
- First Aid Kit
- Do some planning but stay flexible
There is probably a lot you will want to see when travelling in your campervan. So, beforehand, make a list of the destinations which you want to prioritise and create a route for yourself. Don’t make your schedule too tight, however, as you still want to have a little freedom – your plans are likely to change every single day. Embrace that. You probably won’t see some of the places that you planned to visit, but you’ll end up seeing others which you didn’t expect to. And those unexpected spots are often the most memorable.
- Plan long drives during daylight hours
Be sure to get to your destination for that day before it gets dark. Driving in the dark is never really fun, especially when you’re not familiar with the route or are driving somewhere remote without streetlights.
- Always take enough water with you
There isn’t always a supermarket at the end of the road so be sure to always have enough water stored away. You never know if your campervan is going to break down leaving you stranded somewhere without help. On that note, also remember to:
- Always let someone know where you are
Occasionally, you may forget however it is really important that a friend or loved one knows roughly where in the world you are, so in the rare case you go missing, get lost or find yourself stranded somewhere, they have hope of tracking you down. This is especially important when you’re travelling somewhere remote. Just send a quick daily text to a relative so they know where you are and that you’re safe and sound.
Don’t stress but relax and have fun. Don’t try to do too much or expect too much, just embrace it. Take the views in and enjoy the freedom you have at that moment in time. You want to remember this road trip for the rest of your life!