Camper trailers are a great, compact way to travel, and they’re a better alternative to caravans if you plan to go off-road.
However, their very nature makes them smaller than a caravan and space is at a premium.
To ensure you can fit everything you need into your camper trailer, you need to know how to pack smart. Here we’ll explore some of the best camper trailer packing tips.
While you’re busy planning and preparing for your camping checklist, make a note of what you’ll need while you’re travelling, and what can be packed deep inside the camper trailer and brought out when you reach your destination.
There’s nothing worse than realising the one thing you need while you’re on the road has accidentally been packed inside the trailer.
Know your Limits
Be aware of how much weight your trailer can legally and safely handle and try to keep the weight evenly balanced from front to rear, considering heavy weights such as fridges, water tanks and spare tyres.
Sometimes too much weight in the front of your camper will overload the rear suspension of your vehicle and make it handle badly. It’ll be even worse on unsealed roads and off-road driving.
Pack all your heavy items evenly across the floor of the trailer and work up to the lighter things on top. Remember, if you’re using water from the tank as you travel, the weight distribution will change.
This is where you’ll need that careful planning. If your main destination is several days away, or even just a couple of days, you’re going to need to stop overnight, so you’ll need to figure out how to grab things without unpacking the entire trailer.
Work out the minimum you’ll need for overnight stays and make sure it’s all easily accessible. It’s handy to pack similar items, such as kitchen and bathroom essentials, and keep them together in plastic bags or with rubber bands to prevent them moving while you’re on the road.
Of course, you’ll still need to sleep in your camper trailer unless you’re planning on pitching a tent, but the less you have to take out, the less you have to repack the next day.
To create extra storage space, make sure anything that’s hollow like portable coolers have items packed inside. There should be no empty spaces inside the trailer. This ensures everything stays where it should, even on rough roads, and it makes maximum use of all available space.
At PMX Campers, we’re passionate about camping and the great outdoors, and we want to help you make the most of your camping and caravanning. Call us on 08 9455 1454, or contact us online to enquire about our range of soft floor camper trailers and hard floor camper trailers to suit any budget.