Campervan essentials

So, what did I learn from our 15 days in a campervan? Quite a bit it seems…

  • Don’t listen to the husband when he says you don’t need a torch. You so do.
  • The floors get filthy, quickly. Bring a dustpan and brush to clean up dirt/sand/grass, and an old towel to soak up wet patches. Otherwise you better get used to sleeping with dirt.
  • Bring thermals and other warm clothing, even if you don’t expect it to be cold. Thanks New Zealand.
  • Gumboots are great for easy-on easy-off footwear for those outside toilet trips. Keeps trouser cuffs dry too.
  • Always have a first aid kit, with extra plasters and sterile wipes. Bring extra if you have a boy child. Or a man child.
  • Bring a mobile device or laptop for sanity’s sake. It helps when the kids go to bed at 8 and there’s nothing else to do.
  • Also bring DVDs for the kids if you want any sort of quiet time while making dinner.
  • Empty your potable toilet before it’s full – and make sure the parts are locked properly before driving over bumpy roads.
  • Always go toilet when there’s a real one available.
  • Reserve the portable loo for number ones if you can – remember, you have to sleep within smelling range of it.
  • Oh, and if you’re travelling long distances with kids, get one of these grabber doo-dads (or ‘snack tongs’ as my toddler calls it) so you can pass things to them. Much better than throwing cookies… kids can’t catch too well and it’s difficult to aim. Who knew cookies bounced off their heads so well.
Using the grabber to pass food

The ‘snack tongs’ in action

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