WHAT TO BRING WHEN TRAVELLING AROUND AUSTRALIA IN A CARAVAN

You have packed your caravan, mapped out your journey, said good bye to the pets and hopped into your vehicle. All ready to hit the wide open road. You can’t escape the feeling you have forgotten something…some nagging feeling like there is something important you haven’t packed. Well fear not, we have put together a comprehensive list of what are the essentials to pack with you when travelling around Australia in a caravan. A handy checklist you can refer to so when you hit the road there is no looking back.

Safety

Safety should be your number one priority when getting ready to travel around Australia in a caravan.
The RACV website has a list of safety checks for your car and caravan prior to departing. Here is a basic list of safety items we recommend you pack with you:

  • Swiss army knife
  • Torch
  • Compass
  • Fire extinguisher
  • Jerry cans
  • Batteries
  • Matches, firelighters 
  • Tarp
  • First aid kit
  • Insect repellant
  • Sunscreen
  • Maps for when you are out of reach, campsite guide
  • Tool kit
  • Duct tape
  • Tow rope, shovel in case of bogging, spare tyre, jack
  • Weather
  • When doing a big lap you are likely to encounter every season and extreme weather condition. Be sure you prepare for it all: 
  • Warm blankets and clothing
  • Umbrella
  • Water proof jackets
  • Thongs, beach towel
  • Sunscreen
  • Hats


Technology
Roma caravans come with standard technological features such as reverse camera to make your driving experience as easy as possible. There are an abundance of travel gadgets on the market which may or may not be helpful to you, here is a list of the most important. 
GPS
Communication equipment for when you are not in range
Device chargers, including a solar charger
Laptop, mobile phone
CD player/radio

Leisure equipment
If travelling with children this list will need to include games, books, sporting equipment and toys to keep them occupied along the way. It’s a good idea to plan ahead and stay at campsites with children’s activities so you can save your storage space. Some caravan parks offer bike hire, swimming pools, play equipment, movie nights and live entertainment. 
Fishing gear
Cards
Walking shoes or hiking boots
Surf board/wetsuit
Snorkeling gear

Food/Cooking
A toaster and kettle can take up valuable bench space, given that you can boil water on the stove and toast bread under the grill you may wish to leave these behind. The compact coffee machine on the other hand? Absolute essential! Ensure your mixing bowls and storage containers can stack into one another to save space. For more space saving gems check out our previous article on caravan storage ideas. Big4 Holiday Park offer a free recipe book download with healthy and simple recipes you can make with limited ingredients. Here are the basics for cooking while on the road: 
Food – stock up on long life staples and replenish your perishables along the way.
Water- at least 35L
Folding table and camp chairs for sitting outside
A couple of different-sized saucepans with lids
Frypan
Plates, Bowls, Cutlery, Drinking cups, Mugs, Tin opener
BBQ utensils
Stackable mixing bowls with lids
Storage containers
Glad bags, cling wrap and tin foil
Broom, dustpan
Rubbish bags.

Personal Items
In terms of the clothing items you pack it really is down to the individual. It depends if you have a built in washing machine, or how often you plan on doing laundry. The Caravanners Forum has a good list of what to take, it is also a great resource if you have anything you are not sure of, Don’t forget the following:
Medicare, health care cards, ID, pensioner card etc.
Medication, vitamins
Toiletries, towels

The last thing you don’t want to forget is your camera. Capture the beauty of Australia and treasure it always.