You've pored over the maps of Australia and googled the “Big Lap” so many times it automatically pops up in your browser. You've planned your route. You've got a list of 'things to see' so long, you probably won't see them all. Now it's time to work out what to take and what to leave behind.
So what do you actually need to take on your caravan holiday, and what do you need to do to your rig to make sure it’s ready for the gruelling kilometres it’s about to embark upon?
We prefer to take only the essentials but with comfort always on the mind. To help you plan your journey, we've created a checklist of caravan holiday essentials, plus we've added some suggestions around checks you should make before embarking on your 'Big Lap' adventure.
Caravan Holiday Checklist
Things to check / service before you leave
Book your car in for its next service a couple of weeks before you leave – giving the mechanic plenty of time to get spare parts if needed.
Make sure all lights are working, both on the car and the van
Check your mirrors and towing mirrors – are they working well? Can you see out of them?
It's always nice to start with a clean car, and a lolly jar full for the trip
Make sure all lights work on your van are working, the gas system is in excellent working order, the water hoses are not broken, hot water system works, brakes are serviced, and the tyres are in great condition.
Cupboards should close properly – we use the non-slip mats inside ours to make sure crockery doesn’t move around whilst being towed.
Fridge should work well – check seals to make sure they aren't cracked.
Fire extinguishers should be up to date and serviced by a specialised repairer. Your local fire emergency services organisation will be able to do this.
Did we miss anything? What must you take with you on every adventure? Let us know in the comments below or join the conversation on Facebook.
With this caravan packing checklist in mind, we hope your trip is exciting and memorable! And remember, if you really need something, you can always pick it up along the way at any number of stores around Australia.
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