This is in conjunction with the handy guest post on what to pack when camping as a family – The Family Camping Checklist | Ultimate Essentials Packing List
I am posting a helpful list of essentials to pack in your caravan, especially for touring caravans. This includes a free printable which you can access by signing up to our monthly newsletter (or fortnightly depending on my organisational skills). The checklist below is available as a PDF which you can print out and check off at your leisure. You are free to unsubscribe from my newsletter at any time. I’ve also linked to products that we own and have purchased for our caravan.
Just what is essential for a touring holiday in a caravan?
Maybe you are considering buying a touring caravan, or you own a caravan and are getting ready to take it out for the first time this year. When we bought our caravan we also budgeted for all the many accessories that you will need for a happy touring break away. I knew that I wanted to keep as much as I could in the caravan so that I wasn’t forever packing and unpacking it. One essential thing to remember is to pack as light as you can so try to buy ‘lighter’ versions of everything on our list. I’ve left a few spaces on the checklist for you to add anything that may be essential to yourselves.
While it was fun buying everything we needed the costs soon mounted up. Please allow for this. You certainly don’t need ‘doubles’ of everything such as bedding etc. But for us it’s easier to have everything in the caravan ready, that we can.
What are the absolute essentials that you must buy and keep in your caravan?
Large water container – Hitchman Aquaroll & Wastemaster Bundle are great. So easy to get from A to B.
Water pump – Most caravans come with a pump to link your caravan to your water container. You must check you have one –
Whale Water Master 12V High Flow Pump and Plug – White
Large waste container – you also need to fashion some pipes together to go from your waste water outlet into the container. We bought our waste water container with our Aquaroll. It has wheels and is easy to empty. (see above)
Gas Bottle – You will most likely need this for your cooker, hob, bbq and or heating.
Gas bottle regulator – You won’t have gas without one. Make sure you buy the right size for your bottle.
Fire Blanket and or extinguisher – Not only do they keep you safe but most insurance policies will require you to have them.
Soft Case Fire Blanket (Kitemarked) and
Powder Fire Extinguisher – 2KG ABC Dry Powder Extinguisher FireShield PRO
Hitch lock and cover – You will benefit from a reduction in caravan insurance if you have a hitch lock. It’s a good idea to cover your hitch from the rain.
Universal Caravan / Trailer XL Hitch Cover Heavy Duty Blue.
Wheel clamps – As above you will benefit from a reduction in caravan insurance by having these in place. Please note twin axle caravans will need two on the same side for insurance purposes.
Spirit Level – Most sites aren’t level and the smaller your van the worse the slope may seem. You can pack levelling blocks however we always make do with what we can find onsite as if they have a major slope they will have bricks lying around.
2 Way Mini Caravan Levelling Aid Indicator
Mains lead and adapter – You will need to buy a 25M Caravan Site Extension Lead. If you want to plug into an electric socket in a house you will need to buy a
Pro Elec 14282pl Caravan Mains Converter Lead
Towing Mirrors – It is rare that you will have a car wider than your caravan so towing mirrors to extend your visibility are essential –
Pair of Rock Steady Towing Mirrors
Large caravan battery – Vital if you are at a site without electric or you want to run a motor mover
Spare tyre and pump – We love the pumps that you can plug into your car electrics however as it’s a long way around a caravan a Foot Pump is much better for using on caravans.
Outdoor table and chairs – Some caravans come with an outdoor table. We love Camping Chairs for outdoors
First ait kit – Make sure this includes medicine and plasters –
First Aid Kit, Medical Pouch, Emergency Kit Bag, Suitable for Home, Work, Travel, Holidays, Cars and Camping
Steps – so you can get in and out of your caravan –
Deluxe Double Step – Grey
Instructions – because you never know when you might need them!
Bin – A lot of caravans come with one. We bought an extra one for our shower room
Less essential items, but you will probably need them!
Awning and accessories
Torch – if you have a mobile phone there’s some great free torch apps
Home is Where You Park It Caravan Mat
Plastic plates, bowls, cups
Cutlery, cooking utensils, BBQ utensils
Disposable or small gas BBQ’s
FSC Approved x3 Disposable Instant BBQ Charcoal with x1 Clipper Long Matches – Comes with THE CHEMICAL HUT® Anti-Bac Pe
Items that you can choose to have duplicates of like us, or remember to pack for each outing
Bedding – Duvets, duvet covers, pillowcases, pillows and blankets
Towels – Shower room, swimming pool, beach
Slip on shoes/slippers – great for nipping in and out especially if you have an awning
Washing up liquid, sponges, gloves
Disposable gloves – 100% essential for those that have to clean out the chemical loo
Soap – Shower room and kitchen area
Other toiletries – Shower gel, shampoo, conditioner, deodorant, razors, sanitary products, toothbrushes, toothpaste, hairbrush
Fly repellent and after bite
Indoor and outdoor games
Bucket and Spade
Waterproofs including wellies
Wipes – antibacterial and for kids
Kitchen roll and tissues
Russell Hobbs Textures Plastic Kettle
Tool kit (screwdrivers, any gadget you may need)
Spare bulbs and fuses (we’ve never bothered as we have lots of lights and no fuses!)
Mini hoover or dustpan and brush
Rechargeable cordless handheld vacuum cleaner,rubber nozzle bagless, cyclonic action,car hoover vac
Music – we always have a collection of CDs at hand
Mini electric heater – just in case your other form of heating runs out or becomes temperamental.
Food bags or Tupperware
Upholstery cleaner – we have a small spray can in case of any unwanted spills
Corkscrew/beer bottle opener
And don’t forget your
Clothes and Shoes – Hangers if you have a wardrobe
Perishable goods – Tins, bread, milk, pop, juice, tea bags, coffee, fruit, bbq food, chocolate, sauce, cooking oil, snacks, alcohol, butter, jam, cereal. sugar.
Pen and paper
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