A vacation can be one of the best moments in your family life but without careful and detailed planning, it could easily turn around into a a bad dream. Still, driving a motorhome to your dream holiday does not need to be a daunting ordeal. We’ll make sure that by the end of this blog post, you’ll be champing at the bit to get on the road. But don’t get too excited, read on through our tips to make your campervan vacation the best experience you can have.

Preparations for a relaxing holiday.

We’ve organised our tips to  planning, packing and then ultimately proceeding to your trip.

Plan

Photo by Jessica Spengler via Flickr/ CC BY 2.0

Photo by Jessica Spengler via Flickr/ CC BY 2.0

Planning your trip doesn’t just mean getting your tickets booked or hotel reservations accomplished. There a lot of other things that you might be overlooking so we really cannot stress how much you need to prepare enough.

Before you’ve even started planning, I’m sure you already have a dream location in mind. Whether it could be a walk through the sunny beaches and silica sands of Whitehaven or a backpacking trip to the red hot Australian Outback, you’ll need to chart down your itinerary to exploit (in a good way, of course) your vacation.

Check the points of interests and the best places that you should visit in the location of your choice. Look for sights and attractions that everyone in your family will enjoy. To make it easier, when doing this at home, get everyone involved so each one can share their ideas and desires on where you will be going. Read guidebooks or, better yet, take some time to read through the reviews in travel websites like TripAdvisor or Lonely Planet.

Schedule down your top faves and set priorities. Veer away from unwanted stress by looking the locations up in Google Maps to see the distances, directions and even attractions you might see while on the road. Read our post on how you can  Experience Australia’s Coral Coast for our suggestions on where you could go.

Don’t forget to check weather conditions to know if it’s too dangerous or if it won’t be worth the trip.

Pack

Now it’s time to take care of the logistics.

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Photo by M Car via Flickr/ CC BY-ND 2.0

Speaking of checking for weather conditions, another reason you should do  this is so you can pack the right clothes. Different locations can have different weathers so the trick is to have clothes that will suit the demands of the weather and the place and make sure you have enough for your trip. Make sure you check also if there are cultural differences and some rules on clothing (and practices) that you’ll need to follow.

We’re sure you won’t forget to bring some food but do you know what kind of food you should bring? Look for food that have longer shelf life and could be transformed in different kinds of dishes, especially for long trips. You would want to be cooking the same thing over and over again, right?

You can cook up some surprisingly tasty food while you’re on the road with your family with some easy camp recipes. While we’re on the topic, consider stocking up on these healthy treats that you can enjoy:

  • Grapes and other fresh fruit (to be eaten in the first few days)
  • Dried fruit
  • Oat cakes
  • Cereal bars
  • Rice cakes
  • Yogurt
  • Nuts
  • Bottled water

Aside from food and clothing, don’t forget basic medical items, prescription medicine that you must label correctly, first aid kids and bug repellents.

Other basic things that you should put on your list are mobile device chargers, plastic bags or a rucksack for dirty clothes. For easy cooking, bring aluminum foil. These are safe for campfire grilling and can even double as plates!

While you’re still packing, take the some of the stress off your shoulders. Delegate! Give everyone something to do and a short list on what they each need to bring. The kids will feel that they have a sense of responsibility and will eventually let you make the most of your campervan holiday!

Proceed

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Photo by apollo motorhomes via Flickr/ CC BY-ND 2.0

Ask your friends who’ve already gone to trips. Ask for their experiences and they’ll be happy to share some cool insights and tips and even some that you wouldn’t want to repeat.

Once you have all these tips in check, you can go on and have a stress-free holiday with your family in a motorhome. If you’re a first-timer, going on a trip on a campervan can be daunting and you won’t be able to completely eliminate stress. The best tip I can give is to be patient. Even if you do get stress-out a little with a tiny mishap, it’s okay, take a deep breath and move on. You’ll surely be happier once you learn not to sweat the small stuff.

Most of all, enjoy! Remember that you’re doing this for more quality time with your family while exploring and discovering new things together.

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