Plan Ahead and Check the Weather
Research your route and destination. Check out the best campsites, wild camping spots, or parking spots in advance. The great help is apps like Park4Night. Check the weather conditions along the route. This will help you make the most of your trip and avoid any last-minute surprises.
Choose the Right Campervan Model
Choose the campervan model and equipment that best suits your needs and requirements. Familiarize yourself with the information available on our website about all models and make sure that the chosen model is comfortable enough for the number of people you plan and is able to provide comfortable driving, sleeping and living for all travelers.
The Golden Rule: “Less is More”. Pack only essentials such as clothing, toiletries, cooking equipment, and camping gear. Remember that space is limited, so prioritize items you truly need. Leave your favorite cotton T-shirt collection as well as bulky towels at home. Better pack some “tactical” or high-tech wardrobe and microfiber towels that wash and dry faster. Crocs might be the best footwear option. Unless you head into the deep woods, there is always a shop or petrol station around the next corner. If you’re going wild, an ax, small shovel and anti mosquito aid, likeThermacell, will definitely come in handy.
Stay Organized and Clean
Keep your campervan tidy by having designated storage spaces for different items. Locate staff in the van wisely. Clothing, personal gadgets, kitchen staff, hygiene products, and snacks stay in the lounge/salon area, while all camping equipment, bedding, and other gear go in the boot. This will make your journey much more enjoyable and prevent clutter. Start your day by cleaning up the van, either by broom or vacuuming. A handheld portable vacuum cleaner can make your day so much better.
Check Your Equipment
Before hitting the road, ensure that all systems (electric, water, gas, etc.) are functioning properly. A pre-trip inspection can save you from unexpected issues. During the trip, follow the van’s dashboard, the levels of onboard water in fuel reserves, and battery readings.
Plan for Cooking
A campervan kitchen certainly is not a home kitchen, neither in terms of space nor its equipment, so try to bring meals and food that are primarily non-perishable and require minimal effort to prepare them on the go. Do not overload the fridge because it will be difficult to quickly find what you need, and condensation may form. Try to stick to simple recipes, such as pasta or rice dishes. This will save you time and make cleaning the kitchen much easier. Of course, don’t forget to take with you a portable grill, a gas burner, or a stove. If the weather permits, always grill or cook outside in the fresh air. It will not only be much more enjoyable from a scenic point of view, but it will also ensure that the smells of food odors will not interfere with your sweet sleep and overall comfort inside a van.
Respect Campsite Rules
When camping, follow the rules of the campsites or areas you visit. Practice responsible camping by leaving no trace, disposing of waste properly, and being considerate of fellow campers. When wild camping, try to be quiet and respectful to the surrounding nature and wildlife. Follow the law: “Leave the place as you yourself would like to see it”.
Stay Flexible, Avoid Toll Roads, and Limit Driving
While planning is important, be open to changes in your itinerary. Sometimes the best experiences come from spontaneous detours and discoveries. Unless you have a deadline to meet, avoid the highways and choose minor local roads instead. Do not torture yourself and your fellow passengers by driving all day long; limit the daily driving to 200 km, max. 300km. This will provide you with enough time to explore nature and the urban environment, as well as enough time to find your perfect rest place or overnight stay spot. If you start thinking about your rest place late, most likely, all the good spots will have already been taken by someone else.
Prioritize safety by having a well-stocked first aid kit, a basic tool kit, and emergency contact numbers. Also, inform someone about your travel plans and estimated return time.
Disconnect and Enjoy
Campervan travel is an opportunity to disconnect from technology and immerse yourself in nature. Spend time outdoors, enjoy the scenery, and make lasting memories with your loved ones.
Bonus Tip: Capture the Moments: Bring a camera or use your smartphone to capture the beautiful landscapes and memorable moments of your campervan journey.
Remember that campervan travel is all about adventure and exploring, so embrace the freedom and enjoy the journey!