Summer in Australia is the perfect time to go caravanning while the weather is fine and sunny, and outdoor living is easy. The warmer months are also the time many are on holidays, including school children, and you’re likely to encounter more people wherever you go and higher prices for everything. When you’re ready to set off on a summer holiday adventure with your caravan, here are some tips to help you make the most of your time away.
Any road trip will be more enjoyable with a bit of careful planning, and your summer caravanning trip is no exception. Keep in mind that, unless you have an off-road caravan and plan to get away from it all, other people are going to have the same idea as you so prepare for crowds. Also consider the heat during summer; many people will head to the beach, river or lake where it’s cooler, so if you want some peace and quiet, you might have to go elsewhere. Wherever you go, make a plan before you leave, as well as a checklist of all the things you’ll need, such as extra water.
Make Use of the Sun
Caravans can heat up quickly in the sun, so if you’re going somewhere hot, it pays to have good air conditioning and fans. The upside of all that sun is free power when you install solar panels. Whenever you stop, try to find some natural shade to help you stay cooler. Make sure to remember that in many places, there’ll be a total fire ban, so have appropriate cooking facilities.
You may not have sufficient power to run your air conditioner all night unless you have a powered site in a caravan park. To keep your caravan cooler while you’re on the road, install solar screens on the windows and consider extra insulation if it’s really hot outside. If you want to save power at night, you can buy battery-powered fans to get the air circulating so you can get some sleep.
Roadside or Caravan Park?
If you’re planning to stop for the night at a caravan and camping park, it’s best to book ahead in case they’re already full when you arrive. However, if your caravan has all the comforts of home, then you can stay pull into a roadside parking bay. Summer is the time for flying and biting insects, so use orange or yellow lighting at night so you don’t attract them. Setting up too close to the water will also bring in the mosquitos and midges, so keep your distance.
Perth Caravan and Camping
Whether you’re a first-time camper or a seasoned adventurer, the professional team at PMX Campers is here to help you choose the right caravan for your needs with all the features you want for a comfortable trip. We’re active members of the camping and off-roading community and can provide expert advice on all your caravan and camping requirements on your summer trip. Contact our friendly and experienced staff today on 08 9455 1454, email us at [email protected] or fill out our online contact form.