There’s something about a camping holiday that just feels so free. It gives you the chance to head out on the open road with the flexibility to explore different parts of the country all without having to worry about your accommodation. Not only do you already have a bed and place to stay, but it saves you money and you can also fill it with your home comforts.
You don’t need to worry about fitting travel toiletries into a tiny plastic wallet or limiting items, as you can pre-pack it all into your caravan or motorhome before you go and as long as it fits, you’re good to go! If you’re new to caravanning it can feel a bit of a minefield knowing what to pack and how to properly prepare. This is why we’ve put together a few top tips that should help you make the most of your trip.
Packing tips for your caravan or motorhome holiday
When it comes to a caravan or motorhome holiday, chances are you will pitch up somewhere a bit more remote where you won’t be able to just pop to the shops should you need something. This is why you want to ensure you’re as prepared as possible and don’t need to nip out at the last minute to get something important that you’ve left behind. Some packing tips include:
Only pack what you need
As with any holiday, it can be tempting to overpack. While your motorhome or caravan might allow you to bring more than one suitcase of clothes as with a normal holiday, there still isn’t an abundance of space. Think carefully about what you’re doing and where you’re going, only packing what you’ll absolutely use and need.
Use packing cubes
Packing cubes are a great way to save space and keep everything organised and sorted for when you need it.
Be sensible with your storage
Consider clever storage such as a collapsible washing basket, foldable camping chairs and a table and a collapsible shoe rack. These keep things stored and take up less space.
Don’t forget outdoor seating
You might not keep outdoor seating in your caravan or motorhome all the time if you use it elsewhere but it’s a necessity when looking to soak up the weather and views. Be sure to pack this before you hit the road.
Remember to bring entertainment
Things such as cards, board games and art equipment can all be great forms of entertainment while you’re away. Or pack a selection of books and take the time away from your everyday life to catch up with some reading.
Pack necessary household items
Don’t forget to bring items such as cleaning supplies, kitchen accessories and toiletries with you as they will be needed a lot during the trip but aren’t necessarily the first things you consider when you usually go away.
What to do to your motorhome or caravan to ensure it’s ready
Check the batteries or engine
This is particularly important if your caravan or motorhome has been sat for a while. Ensure you check the leisure batteries aren’t flat in your caravan, or if you have a motorhome, you might need to check that the engine is still working as it should be. You don’t want to find out there are problems when you’re halfway to your destination!
This is easy to do when storing your motorhome or caravan at our caravan storage facility in Dorset as you can have 24-hour access to your caravan or motorhome, 7 days a week, meaning you can come and check it at a time that is convenient to you, not when our offices are open.
You will also need to check the tyre pressures and condition of the tyres. Hogleaze Storage has an airline for your use.
Give it a good clean and air it out
Over time your caravan or motorhome can become dusty and musty. Open all the windows to air it out and give it a thorough clean and dust everywhere. This will make for a much more pleasant travelling experience.
Hogleaze Storage makes this simple with our grey/blackwater discharge point and waste skip and pressure washer which has a mounting platform.
Inspect for any damage
From general wear and tear to any external damage, you want to get any repairs done before you set off. Inspect the gutters for any blockages and check things such as the plumbing and electrics are in working order. Open all the drawers and cupboards to check for any loose fittings and make sure all the mechanics are as they should be.
Ensure the safety features are as they should be
Before going anywhere in your caravan or motorhome, you need to make sure the safety features are all working as they should. This includes checking the alarm works, the gas switch and the boiler to ensure no mishaps on your trip.
These tips are sure to help you get the most from your holiday and ensure you have a carefree time out on the open road. Whether you decide to drive and pitch up in one destination or make a road trip out of it, you’re sure to make memories that will last a lifetime.
The end of your holiday
If you are in need of motorhome or caravan storage in Dorset when you return from your holiday, look no further. We have around 250 secure caravan plots at our storage facility in Dorchester. Each plot is 3 metres wide and 9 metres long, giving you plenty of space.
Our facility has the CaSSOA Gold award for security, meaning our facility follows strict regulations and protocols when it comes to the storage and safety of your caravan.
Our security features include:
- 24/7 security-controlled access to your individual plot
- CCTV & ANPR (automatic number plate recognition)
- 10ft high earth banks and alarmed locked barriers for outside plots
- Alarmed roller doors with electronic fob access for undercover plots