Avoid Making These 5 Motorhome Rental Mistakes

Motorhome rental holidays across the country are absolutely worthwhile especially with all of the destinations that you can go to on four-wheels. However, some tourists still commit common mistakes when they go on a holiday.

Well, you shouldn’t worry because we researched the 5 common mistakes you should avoid as a motorhome traveller. These mistakes are not only committed by first time self-drive tourists but also by overly excited campers that forget a few things before hitting the road.

 

1. Not Covering Your Bases

You might be confident with the locations you’ve chosen. After all, it’s easy to pick tourist destinations on the map. Best of all, most of these  tourist attractions are close to each other and connected by major highways. What could go wrong?

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The fact is, relying solely on what a map tells you when choosing destinations isn’t enough research. When you plan your holiday destinations,  you need to check weather forecasts as well as any road repair updates. Being a proactive planner and covering all your bases can also help you choose the right campervan rental company to work with.

 

2. Last Minute Holiday Bookings

Last minute bookings basically leave you settling for less than you deserve. You end up paying more because you booked a motorhome late. You settle for costly tours because you weren’t able to take advantage of early bird discounts. You also rush planning your itinerary because you just don’t have the time to choose your destinations.

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Book early – if you have to do it three months ahead of time to take advantage of special deals and plan your destinations and activities perfectly, do it.

 

3. Packing Extremely Light

Although your campervan may have everything you need for a comfortable holiday, you still need to pack important things for the trip like clothes and food. Bring enough clothes for the entire holiday especially if you plan to go on hikes or engage in watersports.

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As for food, make sure you have a good balance of fresh and no-cook meals and snacks. Although cooking hot meals is definitely a joy in a campervan, there might be instances when you would not be able to cook immediately. So, have a box of fruits and nuts or some bread ready for those sudden hunger pangs.

 

4. Leaving Behind Important Travel Documents

Going on a self-drive holiday means travelling far away from home. And anything can happen while you’re on the road, you can get involved in an accident or may need repairs requiring your insurance information. Be a proactive traveller and make sure you bring all your travel documents with you.

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5. Forgetting To Bring Water

If you’re going deep in the Outback, it can be challenging to find potable water. Or there may be instances when you might have to go for long walks from the parking lot to a water fountain. That’s why it’s important to always bring water with you to keep you hydrated.

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These are our top 5 common mistakes holiday goers make during their vacation at the Outback. Hopefully, this list could help you before you make your campervan rental for that fantastic holiday.


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