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Caravanning Holidays - Caravan Packing List

Updated on December 28, 2012

Caravanning holidays -what extra things do you need for a caravan

Are you thinking of taking a caravan holiday with your family & looking online for caravan tips to help you decide where to go or what is needed for a cheap caravan holiday ?

Look no further as I have had a caravan as a bedroom as well as lived in caravans on & off over the years so are well used to being in one . ! We are now traveling with our 21 foot statesman which I am in right now up in Kununurra Western Australia where we have stayed right through a Wet season which we enjoyed .

I have another hub about Buying a caravan you can read then this is for when you have the caravan & want to get it ready to go on holiday !

What extra things do you need for a caravan - 2 lists one by me for everyday items and one for men , advice from my husband for extra's !

Packing list

Caravan club



Caravan cooking

Solar panels

caravan camping

Caravan Checklist - caravan checklist packing

Some items are obvious and you will have extra items to add onto your caravan list & please leave a comment if you have something to add to the list !

Kitchenware - Cutlery ,-- plates , bowls , cups, wine glasses , ordinary glasses .

Veggie peeler - Scissors , Garlic crusher ( for garlic fans ) potato masher - tongs - egg flip- serving spoon- Can opener

Saucepan, fry pan- Jug - toaster- Camp oven for cooking on the open fire !

We have a fan for hot weather and like I said earlier we need to replace the air conditioner ASAP ,

Table & chairs for outside

A blow heater in cooler weather!

Bread board - plastic containers - glad wrap - foil - plastic bags -



Tea towels - table cloth

Gas bottles ,


Open Fire Cooking !

Taste better cooked on the fire !
Taste better cooked on the fire !

Personal Items

You will know what personal items you need such as

Toiletries -- extra Tampons/ pads

Clothing you are comfortable in as well as making sure you have

Comfortable Walking shoes for bush walks

Swimming costume & towel

Books / Magazines to read


Small backpack to take on your walks.

Fold away shopping bags as you will find a lot of shops do not give out plastic bags anymore .

It is a bit embarrassing having to carry underwear around without a bag !

Caravan & Camping Show Geraldton.

We are big fans of the Caravan & Camping shows and unfortunatly we missed the one in Perth recently .

For years we attended the Sydney Caravan & Camping show & even had a stall there .

In a couple of weeks we will attend the

Geraldton's Biggest Outdoor Leisure Show  in 2011!

Geraldton Turf Club
Eastward Road, Geraldton, WA

We reccommend attending a Caravan & Camping show as they always have great deals for you !

They are on in every state so watch out for one near you !

Extra Items

No camping or caravan trip would be complete without a camera to get great family memories .

I use a digital camera & download my photo's on the computer for my hubs , send out cards & emailing to family & friends .

As I am working online as a way of making money I have my Toshiba laptop , A printer , laminator & extra paper .

We have a board game called Rummicub for lazy afternoons , Pack of cards , paper , pens .

A tent for when you want to leave the caravan for a few days off road trip.

Tools etc

Over a coffee outside I asked Nev about items for traveling I might not have thought of for you guys so here is more items recommended for your travel.

A tool kit with a hammer for awning pegs + extra pegs for windy days .

An extra tarp for protection or privacy.

A small compressor for if your tyres get a bit low between petrol stations.

Spare Valves.

Blocks to level your caravan out.

A tyre repair kit as a garage could be a days travel away !

A spare car fridge for extra drinks or a good catch when fishing .

A solar panel for free camping as it is quieter than a generator.

Car cleaning gear.

A hose for your water.

Extension leads .

Rope as there often seems to be a need for it . I:E a clothes line etc

Portable Solar Panel

Great for free camping
Great for free camping
Ideal for extra drinks or a trip away from the caravan, fish you catch etc !
Ideal for extra drinks or a trip away from the caravan, fish you catch etc !

Caravan Parks

As much as I promote free camping as we and many others love it there are always times we need to stay in a caravan park.

We meet many people that only stay in Caravan Parks so we are all happy doing it what is comfortable for our individual needs .

We try look for family run or council run smaller caravan parks rather than chains as they seem to have less rules , keys & boomgates like here in Morawa caravan Park !

We even have a fire at our corner spot where we love to cook on the open fire & toast marshmallows at night while looking at the stars !

Rural Australian Computer Terminology

A little bit of Aussie culcha.....
LOG ON: Adding wood to make the barbie hotter.
LOG OFF: Not adding any more wood to the barbie.
MONITOR: Keeping an eye on the barbie.
DOWNLOAD: Getting the firewood off the Ute.
HARD DRIVE: Making the trip back home without any cold tinnies.
KEYBOARD: Where you hang the Ute keys.
WINDOW: What you shut when the weather's cold.
SCREEN: What you shut in the mozzie season.
BYTE: What mozzies do.
MEGABYTE: What Townsville mozzies do.
CHIP: A bar snack.
MICROCHIP: What's left in the bag after you've eaten the chips.
MODEM: What you did to the lawns.
LAPTOP: Where the cat sleeps.
SOFTWARE: Plastic knives & forks you get at Red Rooster.
HARDWARE: Stainless steel knives & forks - from K-Mart.
MOUSE: The small rodent that eats the grain in the shed.
MAINFRAME: What holds the shed up.
WEB: What spiders make.
WEBSITE: Usually in the shed or under the verandah.
SEARCH ENGINE: What you do when the Ute won't go.
CURSOR: What you say when the Ute won't go.
YAHOO: What you say when the Ute does go.
UPGRADE: A steep hill.
SERVER: The person at the pub who brings out the counter lunch.
MAIL SERVER: The bloke at the pub who brings out the counterlunch.
USER: The neighbour who keeps borrowing things.
NETWORK: What you do when you need to repair the fishing net.
INTERNET: Where you want the fish to go.
NETSCAPE: What the fish do when they discover the hole in the net.
ONLINE: Where you hang the washing.
OFFLINE: Where the washing ends up when the pegs aren't strong enough.


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    • freecampingaussie profile imageAUTHOR


      6 years ago from Southern Spain

      Thanks JakeFrost ! We have been living in the caravan for over years now and travelled a long way with it !

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      Jake Frost 

      6 years ago from London, United Kingdom

      I rarely stay in caravans but definitly will know what to do when I do next time.

      Great hub, and very detailed!

      ~ Jake

    • freecampingaussie profile imageAUTHOR


      6 years ago from Southern Spain

      There are portable solar panels for use when traveling whatever you are camping in , We saw a man walking Australia with a camel & he had a small solar panel for his laptop!!

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      6 years ago


    • freecampingaussie profile imageAUTHOR


      6 years ago from Southern Spain

      Tanya , Thanks for the visit - Will add a can opener ! As we buy so many cans with a pull ring on top we hardly use one these days but still important .

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      6 years ago

      As usual a list that is missing a CAN OPENER!!! How many people have got all the way out to their destination and don't realise they forgot it until they go to make something that needs a can opened???

    • freecampingaussie profile imageAUTHOR


      6 years ago from Southern Spain

      Please feel free to leave a comment with any items you would have on a caravan packing list !

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      7 years ago

      I never lived in caravan infact never get inside it too,It seems so interesting travelling with caravan, I need a year of saving money plus unpaid leave to experience it i guess.It was really a good to find and read this.


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