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Ventura Camping Blog
Written by  Mathew Smith
, Posted on Friday January 12, 2024

Camping Tips for Camping Trips this Season

3 minutes well spent


Looking to escape on new adventures this year? Holidaying in a campervan is a thrilling way to explore the great outdoors with the comforts of home on the road. In fact, many people seek to buy a conversion van exclusively for camping trips. Whether you’re looking to visit some hidden coastal gems, a new city or set out across Europe, it’s always good to be prepared ahead of your trip. From efficient packing strategies to planning your overnight stops in advance, this guide covers essential tips for a memorable campervan journey.

 

Packing Your Campervan

Packing cubes to maximise space

When space is limited, organisation is key and packing cubes are a game-changer. Categorising your clothing, accessories, and essentials into these compact cubes makes it so much easier to locate items and maximises every inch of available storage. Roll your clothes to save even more space and minimise wrinkles.

 

Essentials first

Prioritise packing items you’ll need frequently or in the case of an emergency, such as a first aid kit, basic tools, and necessary kitchen supplies that you can use again and again to avoid bringing unnecessary utensils which may clutter the storage space. Keep these easily accessible to avoid rummaging through your entire campervan every time you need something.

Foldable and multi-use items

Opt for foldable or collapsible items whenever possible. From portable chairs to kitchenware, these items are space-efficient and easily stowed away when not in use. These types of items can also easily be used outdoors or taken into your awning, if you have one.

Adding Comfort and Personal Touches

Photos and Décor

Transform your campervan into a home away from home by adding plenty of personal touches. Bring along a selection of your favourite photos, small decorations, or even fairy lights to create a warm and inviting atmosphere. Velcro strips or adhesive putty can help you secure items without damaging the interior.

 

Cushions and Throws

Level up your campervan’s seating and sleeping areas with cushions and throws – the perfect addition to our huge range of upholstery here at Ventura. These not only add a touch of homeliness but also provide even more comfort during long drives and chilly evenings. Choose fabrics that are easy to wash and store when not in use.

 

Organisational Solutions

Invest in storage solutions like hanging organisers, jars to store staple food items (e.g. pasta and rice) or collapsible bins to keep small items in check (bins aren’t just for rubbish!) This helps maintain a tidy and clutter-free environment, helping you make the most of the interior space.

Planning Your Overnight Stops

Research and Plan Ahead

Before hitting the road, research potential overnight stops along your route. Look for designated campgrounds, motorhome parks, or free camping areas. Sites/apps like CamperContact, Park4Night and Search for Sites provide user reviews and insights into suitable locations, helping you plan your journey with confidence.

Local regulations and permits

Be aware of local regulations regarding overnight parking. Some areas may have restrictions, while others welcome campervans with open arms. You should also check if permits are required for specific locations – you don’t want anything to get in the way of a legal camping experience.

 

Safety first

Prioritise safety when choosing overnight stops. Opt for well-lit, populated areas, and if possible, choose spots with security measures in place. Trust your instincts and, when in doubt, seek recommendations from fellow travellers or online communities/forums.

 

Flexibility

While planning is essential, leave room for spontaneity. Sometimes the most memorable experiences happen when you stumble upon an unexpected gem. Be open to adjusting your itinerary based on recommendations from locals or fellow campers you meet along the way.

Holidaying in your pride and joy is one of life’s most freeing experiences. By organising your trip and campervan living area in advance, you can really make the most of your space and time for maximum enjoyment. Why not try somewhere new this season!