Your camper trailer checklist for this festive season

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When the balmy weather is here to stay, camper trailers are known to come out to play. There are a few handy tips that you can use to better prepare your camper trailer for a weekend away and avoid unnecessary failures that could be avoided. Here is a checklist on how to get your camper trailer ready for this festive season.

Pre-preparation for a camper trailer

Aussies are increasingly taking a liking of going to campsites during the holidays. According to the Caravan industry, the number of towed products had increased to 474,783 in 2013. This past time has increased in number and expenditure over the years with camping consumers forking out a total of $8.6 billion in 2018.

Preparing your camper trailer before you hit the road can help you avoid any costly breakdowns and disappointments. You can prepare your camper trailer by:

  • Servicing it. If you are planning to take a long trip, it is advisable to take your camper trailer for servicing. This can help you fix problem areas that need expert attention before they blow up to bigger problems. Doing this in advance can help you create a budget that can replace parts that have worn out.
  • Check the tyres. To keep the wheels of your trip literally moving you need to check your tyres. This also means checking your spares are in order to help you out when you are in a remote area.
  • Towing gear is up to date. Check that your lights are working on the camper trailer and if there are any towing equipment that needs to be replaced.

Checklist of what to pack

To make your trip less stressful it helps to have a handy checklist of things that you need to pack. It can also help you weed out items that you don’t necessarily need and can take up needed space. A checklist of things that you can pack are things such as:

  • First aid kit. This may seem like a no-brainer, but you would be surprised when it comes to how often people forget this important item.
  • Camping equipment. Having the right camping equipment can prevent you and your loved ones from having a meltdown, unless if you are planning on staying at a camping site that may have the items you need ready. Packing things such as a sleeping bag, tarps, tent pegs & mallet, tent, camp chairs, insect repellent, flashlights, firelighters, GPS, toilet paper.
  • Snack essentials. Driving from one place to another, especially if it’s a long drive can make anyone's stomach grumble. To avoid hangry passengers (angry and hungry), carry a snack pack of dry foods such as chips, fruits, nuts, and water. Avoid carrying messy foods like yoghurt or anything that is oily, especially if you are travelling with children.
  • Food for the trip. Taking your whole kitchen on the trip may not be ideal in terms of space, but carrying the essentials is vital. Make sure to pack cooking utensils, water, and a gas cooker along with food items such as; bread and spreads, fruit, cereal, hot drink essentials, sandwich fillings. Check that the food will be able to last you for the whole trip and is not quick to rot.

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