Caravanning Tips – Living a Van Life

By Angela Monroe - September 21, 2020

Caravanning Tips

Van life and caravanning in Australia is a bucket-list favourite around the world. It makes sense too – Australia’s stunning scenery includes snowfields, mountains, deserts, beaches, rugged cliffs and dense forests.

If you’re planning on getting out on the open road or start wanting to live your life in a van, check out these caravanning tips:

Make a checklist

One of the simplest and most efficient caravanning tips to ensure you don’t forget anything – whether those items need to be packed or some things you need to secure. Just as you’d make a shopping list before going to the supermarket, make a list of things to pack and a list of things for caravan safety and security.

For example, this may include padlocks, a fire extinguisher, wheel chocks and towing mirrors, etc.

Tip: Create a checklist that applies to your towing vehicle, your caravan and your holiday.

Organise set-up and pack-up responsibilities

This means you and each person you’re travelling with has specific jobs when you arrive at a caravan park and when you leave.

For example, keeping track of booking confirmations and checking-in may be designated to someone. Connecting electricity and water maybe someone else’s job.

The same goes for packing up. You may take care of packing up the tent or outdoor furniture and someone else is responsible for cleaning and storing cooking equipment.

This idea helps with teamwork and makes the actual job of arriving at and leaving a caravan park much smoother.

Tip: Combine these designated responsibilities with the checklist from the tip above.


Peace of mind on holiday really allows you to enjoy yourself. Unfortunately, some caravan parks aren’t as safe and secure as they may look. Never give thieves a chance. If you leave your caravan and go swimming or hiking, for example, one of the worst things that can happen is returning to find your property stolen and damaged.

Use secure locks, hide your valuables and consider anti-theft options

Tip: Get to know your temporary neighbours at caravan sites. They’ll often have insights on security as well as things to do in the local area. Additionally, they may keep an eye on your caravan when you’re out.

Avoid travelling at night

In addition to the risk of animal encounters on the road, arriving at an unfamiliar location at night presents itself with a host of challenges. Unnecessary challenges. By getting an early start to your travels and planning your journey properly, you’ll be able to avoid driving and setting up a caravan at night.

Remember, you’ll have to position and stabilise your caravan, connect utilities, and likely organise a meal – all in the dark in an unfamiliar location.

Tip: Use Google Maps to get a clear idea of the time it takes to drive from A to B. Australia is, as we all know; massive.

Freezer space

This one’s especially useful if you venture far off the beaten track. Some caravans come with pretty small freezer space. However, this space is ultra-useful. With a large freezer, you’ll have the ability to store food for long periods of time and stock up when you can or when prices are low.

For example, if you’re in a town with the last supermarket on your journey for a few days, extra freezer space pays for itself as it allows you to maximise variety and low prices while you can.

Reverse camera with indicators

Reversing a caravan in a tight spot with people watching can be more nerve-racking than a wedding day. Reverse cameras with guides and indicators make things much, much easier.

If your vehicle doesn’t have one, it can be easily installed. The guides and indicators are lines that appear on the screen to allow drivers to judge distances and maneuvers.

Tip: Some towing vehicles have sophisticated trailer reverse systems that make things much easier.

Quick Caravanning Tips

Quick Caravanning Tips

Bugs: If you’ve driven on Australian highways before, you would have noticed the bugs that build upon the front of cars. Secure some wire mesh to the front grille, making sure not to block your licence plate or airflow to the vehicle. Additionally, take some cleaning products.

Cutlery: This can make a loud rattling noise, especially on bumpy roads. Tie your cutlery together with rubber bands to reduce the noise as it can be audible from inside the car.

Straws: Trying to drink water when travelling is difficult from a cup, even a bottle can cause spills. Take a few straws. You’ll find it’s much easier to drink from a bottle with a straw while on the road.

End of the Day:

Australian highway

Taking a few precautions to ensure your travels are easy and memorable (for the right reasons), makes a lot of sense. Prepare for the driving or living your life in a caravan with the above tips and focus on seeing Australia, not worrying about things.

Angela Monroe
Angela Monroe is the Community Manager at The Positive Group, specialising in giving people the information that they need when they need it, and putting you on the path to a fair financial future. She has 8 years of experience in helping Australians find the right finance solutions, and regularly contributes articles to empower Australians with the knowledge they need to become financially healthy.


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