Camper vans have surged in popularity again in the past few years. They are no longer the domain of the peace-lovin’ hippy, but a vehicle that every cool traveller wants in their garage. It’s no surprise really – once you have bought the parts to convert your camper van, you can go off on all sorts of adventure while balancing the comfort of modern home comforts with the great outdoors. To help you plan the perfect camper van adventure, we have shared a few tips. Read on to find out more.
Make sure you can drive your camper van
Whether you are buying your own van for the trip or hiring one, make sure you can drive it! The last thing you want to is to plan a trip, load it up with all of your belongings and realise that you don’t feel comfortable driving a vehicle of that length or transmission type. Take it on plenty of test runs before committing to a long road trip in it – if you don’t feel comfortable driving it, it will take the shine off an otherwise brilliant adventure.
Don’t forget the essentials
The great thing about your camper van is that not only is it your accommodation for the duration of your trip, but it is your vehicle to get around it, os if you need to nip to the store, it is no big deal. However, the last thing you want to do is get to a beautiful, remote destination and realise you have forgotten your tin opener or a towel. Write a list before you go of anything you need and pack it!
You will have limited cooking and storage space in your van, so meal planning is essential. You are likely to have a minifridge or a cooler, so make use of that, and, if space allows, take a coolbox. You can premake meals such as chilli or bolognese and freeze them. They’ll defrost slowly in a coolbox or fridge ready to heat up when you want to eat them. Baked potatoes and things like hot dogs and burgers and tinned food that just need to be heated up are ideal foods for a road trip, and toast makes the perfect easy breakfast meal. Alternatively – stop at McDonald’s!
Pick the right campsite
This wholly depends on the level of luxury you need or want. If you want to rough it, you can find places to pull up for the night. This is obviously a lot cheaper and can be fun – but you won’t be able to have a shower in the morning! The UK has plenty of campsites dotted around – many have just very basic shower and toilet facilities, while others have electricity hookups, bars, restaurants, swimming pools, and other leisure facilities.
As we said above, space is at a premium in a camper van, so being organised is essential. When you have finished with something, put it straight away so it doesn’t get lost or that you don’t trip over it in the night.