Holidays are meant to be our time to relax, have fun and forget all of our worries. But when they go wrong, they can cause us endless pain and upset, and leave you feeling more stressed at the end than you were at the start.
At VW Camper hire, we want your campervan holiday to run smoothly and ensure you have the break you deserve. So, we’ve compiled a short list of hints and tips to make sure your holiday is hassle free.
1. Take a selection of clothes
The UK is known for its unpredictable weather, so even if you’re heading off at the height of summer, take with you some warm clothes, waterproofs and wellies just in case.
2. Check the school holidays
If you don’t have children and are flexible with your dates, heading away in term time might be a good option. Theme parks, beaches and campsites will become busy in school holidays and you might end up spending more time queuing than enjoying your break
3. Do your research
Make sure you do some research into the area to which you’re travelling, noting the location of the local hospital, petrol stations, supermarkets and pharmacies. Vans don’t have sat nav so a road map of the area is also worth having
4. Plan your overnight stays
It is a myth that you can park up anywhere overnight. Make sure you have selected a range of campsites where you can safely pull in for the night. Some campsites are closed November – March so do your research and don’t end up with nowhere to stay and rest.
5. Get an induction
A campervan is not like a car. It drives differently and it has lots of different features that you may not know how to use. Don’t find yourself stressed because you can’t figure out how to work something – ask for a full induction from the hiring company and ask as many questions as you can think of before you head off.
6. Take plenty of entertainment
Of course the places you will be visiting are the focus of your holiday, but there will be times when you need to entertain yourself such as when you’re stuck in traffic. Don’t go stir crazy, take a range of light items such as books, playing cards, ipads and handheld DVD players to keep everyone busy and stress-free
7. Pack the essentials
Taking a holiday in a campervan is not like a hotel, they don’t come with items like towels or bedding. Make sure you find out in advance exactly what equipment your camper has as standard and pack accordingly.
At VW Camper, breakdown cover comes as standard so if anything does go wrong, just give us a quick call and we’ll sort it all out for you. We also make sure all vans are equipped with a first aid kit, a fire blanket and an emergency roadside kit as standard.