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If you’re one of the hordes of people who took the plunge and bought a campervan this past year, then you’ll have your own stories to tell about your adventures on the road. One thing’s for sure, holidays have taken on a new meaning this year and for many of us it’ll be confined to a staycation.
For many a campervan means freedom! Having your own space, stuff and privacy, that you can take anywhere, experience a change of scenery (when we’re allowed of course) and be self-sufficient.
We did a trawl of some of the things people consider good advice for new and novice campervan owners.
Check your van driving skills
This might seem like an obvious one, but driving a campervan is not like driving your average car. Even with power steering, parking sensors and other aides, driving a van is very different when it comes to handling and controlling it. It can be difficult to park in some spaces too, like supermarket parking bays, undercover carparks and driveways.
With the unpredictable UK weather, a campervan is a great opportunity to go with the flow and take off when the sun shines, with little planning. Even though it’s good to have some idea of where you’re heading, it can be also be exhilarating to see where the road takes you. There are some great online communities for sharing tips, routes and great places to stop to get you started too.
Take the essentials (in small sizes)
If you’re heading out on the road for a one-night stopover or for longer, you’ll still need some essentials to keep you comfortable and to save you having to stop and buy things en-route. You may remember to take the more obvious items like a camping stove, plates, cutlery, bedding etc., but don’t forget those smaller items that can really make a difference too - oil for cooking, salt and pepper, containers for leftovers, a torch, something to clean up with and gather rubbish in. Don’t forget to pack some snacks too especially if you’ve planned lots of calorie burning outdoor activities.
It's all about the experience
Even though it’s important to pack the important things, it’s also important not to overload your camper with unnecessary items. It can be tempting to pack multiple clothing options, hairdryers, your special mug and lots of other things you think will make it more homely. The truth though is that less is more when it comes to travelling in your own small space. It’s about the journey and the destination and not really about the stuff. Packing versatile items that double or triple up on functionality are really useful.
We think our Mabel slides for women and Efron Slides for men are great for campervan adventures. They’re super easy to slip on and off when you’re getting in and out of your van (especially for the midnight dash), they’re super comfortable, and they look pretty cool too.
Whatever your planning for your campervan adventures this year (when rules allow of course) we hope you enjoy the freedom!