Camping with a trailer on your side is a total game-changer, you get ultimate comfort, freedom and mobility all whilst still completely enveloping yourself in nature – if it sounds idyllic, well, that’s because it is! The first time camping with your trailer is never going to be the easiest, especially because you’re having to do a lot of different prep and set up that you’re maybe not all that used to. However, don’t feel disheartened, all that work is very much worth the reward! Here are a few tips to set you on the right track for your first camping trip with your camper trailer…
Your preparation process has to be thorough, otherwise, you’ll be seriously regretting it whilst you’re setting up and living in your camper. Learning to properly prepare when you first start out with your trailer will set in a good habit for a long time to come – soon, prep will feel like second nature! Useful tips include creating a printout checklist to always have on hand or on your fridge and having a designated camping essentials kit all ready to throw in the car.
Food and Water
Speaking of camping essentials, you aren’t going to get very far without a sufficient supply of food and water. Because you have the luxury of space in your trailer, you can afford to be a little more prepared with your meals and snacks. Write a meal plan for your whole trip and shop for your ingredients, next chop everything up and store in Tupperware or sandwich bags – your campsite cooking just got a whole lot easier! Another great tip is to stash a few pre-cooked meals to help you out when you just can’t be bothered to produce a meal. Keep as many meals cold and non-cook as possible so that you can enjoy your meals in or outside your camper!
When it comes to water, you’re going to need to do a little bit of research. Most campsites will have water facilities, but not all. If you’re travelling for long stints or heading somewhere remote, you’ll have to fill up those canisters. This can add a lot of weight when you’re packing up, so be sure to establish whether you’ll need to bring this essential early on.
Packing your trailer
How you pack that trailer of yours is very important. Those unfamiliar with towing a camper can get this pretty wrong and experience some hardship on the road – so pay attention first timers! Packing lightly is essential here, excess weight will make your trip nearly impossible. Heavier items should be stored on the floor, or as low as possible, and positioned close to the front of the trailer. This will minimise any sliding or lagging whilst you’re driving. For the rest of your packing, just be sure to keep it minimal. There’s a tonne of camping checklists, check one out and follow it to avoid going overboard.
Be sure to take a look at what your camper’s battery powers and what it doesn’t. For those features that your battery does not support, you’ll need to secure a generator or a power outlet. This is extra important for your air-con, mini-fridge (if you have one) and heating.
Your camper needs to be kept in perfect condition if it’s going to be as useful and long-lasting as possible. Wash both the inside and the outside regularly and clean out your water tank to keep everything up to scratch.
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