A campervan family trip is one of the best ways for a family or couple to bond. But most families get it wrong during the most important stage in campervanning – the planning and packing phase. It takes a lot of meticulous planning and organization to ensure a successful campervan trip.
Here are tips that can help you pack and plan for a family campervan trip, without forgetting the essential items:
Make use of Vacuum storage bags
If you go on camp trips without vacuum storage bags, you might want to include them in your gear. To use them, pile your clothes and fabric items into the storage bags and use a pump to suck the air out of them. With this technique, you could shrink a duvet to the size of an aeroplane handbag, giving you valuable space. You only just have to undo the zip lock and the shrunk items will return to normal size.
Maintaining some Home comforts
When you embark on a trip with kids, you will find that you need to recreate or maintain certain home comforts in order to keep them comfortable. Children, for example, tend to sleep quite well during campervan trips, thanks to the busy times between travelling taking up a lot of their energy.
But just before they sleep off at night, they could be a nightmare especially if they are used to space or bedtime stories. Maintain some of these home routines in order to keep them comfortable.
Pack a small activity box to keep kids entertained on a road trip
While packing for the trip, you may want to include a small activity box for the kids, especially if the journey to the camping destination will be a long one. This activity box should include some essential items like travel games, activity books, baby rattles, crayons and colouring books. These are needed to keep the kids occupied during the journey and for those rainy and lazy mornings.
Pack a pop-up tent
Naturally, when preparing for a campervan trip, there are essential things you must consider, such as getting van insurance. You never know what is around the corner, and having the right protection in place is essential. When it’s a family trip, you may need to include a pop-up tent to that essentials’ list. A pop-up tent that is easy to set up and put down could be used to set up a temporary camp during journey breaks. They are also good for storing items like children’s seats and outdoor toys.
Keep it Minimal
When you are about to pack and hit the road, you will notice that you have limited storage space. That means you need to think of what you really need and what you want but can do without. Remove anything you will not need, to save space. Include important things such as all-weather clothing for the kids, walking boots, washing tablets and a mini washing line. If you’re setting up camp near a supermarket, you can stock up on food and water when you reach your destination.
A holiday trip with a campervan is a good way to spend quality time and bond with the family. Smart packing is the key to organizing successful road trips. Before you pack even a single thing, figure out your requirements. You have to spend some time identifying the things that you will need the most once you begin your journey. Don’t forget to include a first aid kit, it might come in handy.
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