That's it, you've finally made up your mind!
You are now the owner of a caravan, campervan or camper. The dream of being able to make those incredible trips that you have always imagined is now a reality.
Now the questions start to swarm in your head, the doubts, where do I start? what do I need? what is essential and what is not?
The first thing you need to understand is that there is no universal list that fits everyone. Each person has different needs at different times; for example, if you are a regular at campsites or in specific areas, you will not need the same energy autonomy as someone who tends to 'get lost' in the mountains. And travelling as a couple is not the same as travelling with the whole family, including the dog.
However, we are going to try to list the things that are essential to ensure that your trip goes smoothly and that you get the most out of your new motorhome.
BASIC CARAVAN-SPECIFIC EQUIPMENT.
You will need additional rear-view mirrors for your vehicle; they are easy to fit and remove and allow you to see all the way to the rear of the caravan.
When camping you should observe the terrain on which you are camping, so that you know whether the support legs of your caravan are suitable. If the ground is very soft, you may need a support base for the legs to prevent them from sinking into the ground.
The entry step to bridge the gap between the caravan and the ground is another essential.
We must also think about the emptying of grey water. Some places are equipped so that you can empty directly without any problems, but if this is not the case, you should bring a tank, also called a roll tank, where you can do it and empty it in the nearest authorised places. Remember that it is up to you to avoid damaging the environment.
If your caravan is going to be out of use for very long periods of time, you may find it useful to invest in anti-deformation tyre chocks.
COMMON BASIC EQUIPMENT FOR CARAVANS, MOTORHOMES AND CAMPER VANS.
Nowadays, having a multimedia system is a 'must have' that will make your life much easier when you are on the road.
An adapter: it is possible that the campsite, service area or car park may have plugs with the EEC plug instead of the Spanish Schuko plug. So you will need to use an adapter if you find yourself in this situation.
Levelers: these allow you to level your vehicle so that it is horizontal; it may not seem important, but when you find it difficult to cook or sleep, or things roll on the floor, you will understand that it is. Also, lack of leveling can cause some things not to work as they should, such as your fridge.
Security : your vehicle is your second home, and as such you want to protect it from thieves. Anti-theft locks are extremely useful for this purpose; there are several types to choose from, and they usually fit alongside the vehicle's standard locks. Also, if you have a caravan, there are anti-theft locks that attach to the spearhead so that it cannot be 'taken away'. An alarm system is also very useful if your vehicle doesn't come with one as standard; some even work with mobile apps, so you get instant notification of any incidents.
Chemical liquid or tablets for the toilet, which allow the decomposition of organic waste and special toilet paper for cassettes. The paper we use at home is not suitable for use in this kind of toilet, as it does not decompose and you can make a mess in your bathroom.
Toolboxes for cars and, if you use them, for bicycles.
Packing cubes, duffel bags, storage containers, trolleys and organisers. Organisation is vital in small spaces and a good way to keep things from 'flying out' when you're driving.
A handheld hoover will help keep your vehicle spotless, as will a small broom and dustpan.
A portable and easy to assemble light will help you to have light for those dinners or moments of relaxation outdoors at night. You shouldn't be without a torch either.
And to finish this list, a list of products that can also make the experience of travelling in your new vehicle easier:
Insect repellent, first aid kit; over-the-counter pain relievers such as paracetamol or ibuprofen; your specific medication, if you need it; chargers for all your devices and a hose to fill your water tanks.
Remember, as we said at the beginning, that it is not a unique list for everyone; you will have to adopt those that are most useful for you and discard those that are not, as well as adding others that are indispensable for you.
In Caravanas Cruz you can buy many of the accessories mentioned in this blog, either by visiting our facilities or entering our online shop.
Congratulations on joining the caravanning community and enjoy!