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The windows are rolled down, your sunkissed hair is flapping in the breeze, a decent amount of sand is still between your toes and you’ve just witnessed a tearjerker of a sunset. You pull up next to your neighbour for the night and realise, as they sit playing cards and sipping hot chocolate, that you’ve forgotten both the hot chocolate and pack of cards. Not to mention the bug repellent.

Don’t be the ninny covered in mozzie bites and hiding in the front seat after your first night in the great wide outdoors. There are a few secrets to travelling comfortably on the road and the biggest not-so-secret is to pack well! Follow this simple advice and you’ll be the envy of campervan dwellers everywhere.

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Travelling Essentials

Sure, you may want to leave all responsibility behind and drift where the road takes you, but behind every freewheeler is usually a really organised traveller. Remember not to rely on your mobile or laptop as reception and Wi-Fi can be scarce. This goes for Google maps too - always buy a local map from any tourist office. Write anything important down in a notebook and don’t leave home without these essential documents:

  1. Passport, license or other forms of ID
  2. Insurance papers
  3. Booking confirmations and addresses of anywhere you have booked in advance
  4. Money/Traveller’s credit cards
  5. Fishing license

Kitchen Equipment

The next step is to check what’s included in the campervan you’ll be travelling in such as linen, towels, cooking equipment, lanterns and furniture (like chairs). Some only include the basics, whereas others have everything - including the kitchen sink. Most campervans come with simple cooking equipment like pots, pans, cutlery and crockery, but if you’re a Professional Coffee Consumer you may want to pack your favourite stovetop espresso-maker. Alongside your general cooking equipment here are some kitchen items to check off your list:

  1. Aluminium foil
  2. Paper towel
  3. Gas lighter
  4. Dishwashing liquid and cloths
  5. Cooking oil
  6. Skewers
  7. Can opener
  8. Bottle opener
  9. Cheese grater
  10. Cutting boards
  11. Napkins
  12. Tea towels
  13. Salt, pepper and other seasonings
  14. Potato peeler

Clothing

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Australian weather likes to keep you guessing, so pack accordingly. In winter, evening temperatures can dip surprisingly low even if it’s sweltering during the day. Check online for the average temperatures of where you're going and for any weather warnings. Make sure you pack:

  • Waterproof/windproof jacket
  • Umbrella
  • Thongs to wear in campground showers
  • Long pants and light, longsleeved sweatshirts
  • A warm jumper
  • A thermal top (for winter)
  • Bedsocks
  • Swimming gear
  • Sun protection gear
  • Beanies/hats
  • Smart casual gear (not all establishments welcome the boardshort-and-singlet combo)
  • Hiking boots/comfortable walking shoes
  • Long socks
  • Lots of underwear (washing days are few and far between)
  • A watch with an alarm (for when phones are out of power!)
  • Laundry bag

First Aid Kit

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Next to your surplus of insect repellent, make sure your kit contains the following items which will make sure you are well-guarded against any illness or injury that threatens your holiday.

  • 50+ sunscreen/zinc
  • Bulk personal medication
  • Bandages/adhesive tape
  • Itch-ease cream (like Stingose)
  • Antihistamines (for when the bug spray doesn’t work)
  • Tweezers
  • Scissors
  • Cold and flu tablets
  • Pain relief tablets
  • Antiseptic cream/wipes
  • Splinting materials
  • Indigestion tablets
  • Band Aids
  • Heat/cold packs
  • Cotton tips
  • After-sun gel
  • Imodium

Some more things you may not have thought of:

  1. Earplugs - a must for noisy campgrounds, snoring in nearby tents and/or wildlife
  2. Citronella candles - which provide a bit of romance AND keep the bugs away
  3. Battery-operated radio - for those moments when campfire chit-chat runs dry
  4. Toiletries including toothbrushes and soap in plastic cases
  5. Double adaptor/adaptor convertor - charge two electrical items at once!
  6. Padlocks
  7. Reusable water bottle
  8. Back-up toilet paper
  9. Small sewing kit
  10. Dustpan/broom - a stopgap between the sandy beach and your clean bed
  11. Wipes - antibacterial hand wipes, face-cleaning wipes, flushable wipes, van-cleaning wipes. Meet your new best friends.
  12. Microfibre towel
  13. Ziplock bags - possibly the most useful items you’ll ever have, these little wonders can be used to hold everything from matches to leftover rice.
  14. Head torches - along with your regular torch, these are essential for night-time toilet visits and reading at night.
  15. Binoculars - for when you become a bona fide bird watcher
  16. Spare batteries
  17. Clothesline - preferably one without the need for pegs
  18. Games - cards, scrabble, and whatever else floats your boat
  19. Firestarters - rubbing two sticks together to make a spark? Leave that for Bear Grylls.

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