You finally decided to go exploring the riches and beauties of Australia. Added benefit – you’re going to have a first caravanning adventure. However, before you start packing your bags, have in mind that towing a caravan is more than driving a car. It will give a completely new perspective on your travel and teach you how to appreciate a free parking space.
In order for everything to go smoothly, here are some useful tips every new caravanner should know.
Make a list!
Everything is better with a list. Moreover, for your first caravanning adventure, it’s certainly necessary. It should include towing aid, fire extinguisher, sway control device, insulation tape and other parts of the general safety and equipment.
Also, don't forget medicines, batteries, water, chairs and other items you will generally need for your everyday camping. Music, movies, books, board games and other entertainment should also make a checklist since it will help you to relax after a long hours drive.
Make a map!
Australia is quite a country and it has a lot to offer. From amazing hiking trails to gorgeous beaches, it will tempt you to make more stops than you have time for. With a map created based on good research and together with your co-travellers, you’ll be able to see it all and in time.
There is the most popular route for caravanners from Cairns to Brisbane on the East coast. This way you’ll see some of the most beautiful landscapes like Great Barrier Reef. Going down Pacific Highway from Brisbane to Sydney will be a great opportunity to surf. Besides the gorgeous beaches, you can stop and watch the whales. The coastal Stuart Highway from Adelaide to Darwin will take you through mountainous Flinders Ranges to the central desert and gorges on the north.
One of the crucial preparations involves checking the van, inside and out. Secure the drawers and all other loose elements which may open up during turns. Lock windows and the door, and also pack your belongings so they don’t get scattered all over.
Lift the steps up, check if the towing aid is in place, and fixed tightly so the caravan doesn't get unhooked during the drive. Make sure that all appropriate and necessary lights are on both on the van and your vehicle, as well as that the air pressure in all tires is correct.
Rise and shine early.
Have a good night’s sleep before the big day and wake up early. The sooner you start the trip the bigger are the chances you’ll avoid the traffic crowd. If it’s your first time towing the caravan then light traffic might help you relax and get the hang of things. However, don’t drive if you’re tired or haven’t had enough sleep. It’s better to take it slow and without any pressure to avoid stress and anxiety during driving.
Get used to the small space
Take a good look at your home for the next few weeks. It may be small and restricted, but you don’t need more really. It will be enough to sleep and prepare meals, but other than that, you will spend most of your time discovering Australia.
If you’re travelling with someone then make sure you all know your responsibilities. Every member of the travelling caravan has to contribute and help so the trip would be great for all. Practice hand signals for when you have to be guided through the narrow paths and parking space.
When setting up camp, assign tasks to everyone so it would go faster and you can all enjoy the rest. During road trips, it’s important to establish teamwork so everyone can have fun.
Practice makes perfect.
Setting up camp is something you will have to do very often and after a long ride. The perfect way to do it with ease is if you practice all the steps. That way you’ll do it quickly and can use the rest of the time for a well-deserved rest and exploring.
Premium boat hose reels are great for quick set up and will give you clean water supply. This will especially make your dog happy since there nothing better than playing with the water hose after being confined to a small place whole day.
In the end
After these extensive preparations don’t forget to take with you that which will you value the most – good mood and enthusiasm for adventure.