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Tips to Avoid Camping Disasters

29th November 2016

Top 20 Tips for your 1st Camping Trip

‘Tis the season for camper vans, warm weather and happy faces. Let my failures as a first time camper van owner help make your next camping getaway stress free and enjoyable for the whole family.

  1. Get a Complete Demo from the Retailer - I can’t stress enough the importance of getting an in-depth walk through or demo of your new purchase. A good retailer should never let you drive away without a comprehensive demonstration.
  2. Understand the Features of Your New Camper Trailer - Today, camper trailers offer so many wonderful and practical uses to make life easier.  Make sure you’re aware of all of these features.
  3. Prep list - If you only take one thing from this list, make this priority one. My daily life is constantly               encompassed by a to-do list and so should your preparation for a great getaway. Start with a general list of categories, such as, transit, camping, food, recreation, etc. Then get more detailed under each category. 
  4. Pack Efficiently - Save space and save time loading/unloading by being efficient with your space.
  5. Know Your Route - The worst way to start a holiday weekend is by taking a wrong turn and getting lost. Know your route and stick to the main roads.  I have heard so many people say over the years, “I know a shortcut” - only to arrive hours after everyone else.
  6. Understand Your Final Destination - Websites offer a wealth of valuable information regarding campsites. Do they have power and water hook up, office hours, amenities, etc?
  7. Test Your Equipment First - Make sure your camper trailer (and other camping gear) is in working order before you depart.  There is nothing worse than getting to your destination only to realize that something isn’t working properly.
  8. Fire Starting Equipment - Not many parks allow camp fires, however if you are heading somewhere that does, always have a primary fire starter ready to go. I highly recommend a back-up plan in case the unexpected happens.
  9. Lighting - Have easy accessible lighting in case of a late arrival after dark.
  10. Over Prepare Not Under Prepare - My father always taught me to hope for the best but prepare for the worse. It’s the best advice to apply for all things in life.
  11. Vehicle Service - Have your vehicle serviced prior to departure.
  12. Cooking Equipment - Pack the necessary equipment for cooking and eating such as pots, pans, plates and cutlery.
  13. Weather Conditions -Check the weather conditions prior to departure and prepare accordingly.
  14. Comfort Amenities - Make your camping life more comfortable with carpets, blankets, and tarps
  15. Toiletries - Don’t forget toothpaste, soap, deodorant and shampoo in the rush to pack the camper trailer.
  16. Recreational Activities - Be sure to include the fun bits! Bicycles, games, kayak, etc.
  17. Insect Repellant - Don’t forget to pack the insect repellant
  18. Proper Attire - Pack the appropriate attire for your adventure away.
  19. Rubbish Removal -Have ample supply of hefty bags for your rubbish removal needs.
  20. Good Attitudes and Happy Faces