10 Space-Saving Hacks for Easy Caravanning
This blog post will include space-saving hacks and tips for easy caravanning, including clever storage, anti-slip mats for fewer breakages, vacuum-packed linen and stackable dinnerware made from melamine.
1. Choose a Caravan That Is the Right Size for Your Needs
This might not seem obvious, but choosing the right size of a caravan for your needs can be beneficial in many ways.
Firstly, you’ll avoid being under or over-insured, which can result in massive fees if extra expenses are incurred. Secondly, a caravan that’s too small will feel claustrophobic and cramped.
2. Install Storage Solutions Inside the Caravan to Maximise Space
A common problem for many caravanners is a lack of storage space.
Installing shelves and other storage solutions inside your camper can make a big difference to the clutter that builds up over time. You should also consider an island bed. These beds can come with mechanical or manual raising and lowering mechanisms, allowing more floor space during the day – perfect for storing luggage and other items.
3. Use Hooks and Racks to Hang Items on the Walls and Ceilings
Most caravans only come with a small hook on the rear of the main door, and this generally isn’t enough room to store any jackets or coats. You can purchase additional hooks fixed to the walls and ceiling – perfect for hanging coats and other items away from the reach of little fingers.
Typically, if you have an awning, the coats and jackets are better off being stored here so that they are out of the way. Just remember to bring them inside if you go out for the day and don’t intend on bringing them.
4. Store Food and Drinks in Containers With Lids to Save Space
Many people prefer to store their food and drinks in large storage boxes with lids when not in use. This allows them to organise their food and drink easily and saves space by not having to stack empty boxes on top of each other.
5. Pack Clothes in Vacuum Bags to Save Space
Packing clothes into vacuum bags is a great way to save space.
Vacuum bags will also last much longer and keep your clothes fresher due to the vacuum-sealed pack. This should also prevent them from getting any condensation or dampness, even in extreme heat.
6. Use Anti-slip Mats Under Rugs and Mats to Prevent Them From Slipping
If you tend to put rugs or mats down inside your caravan and find that they tend to slip or slide across the floor, try using anti-slip mats underneath them.
These shouldn’t cost much, and you will keep them from slipping, sliding and potentially causing you an injury, they also help to keep them cleaner, therefore reducing the need for scrubbing or cleaning them.
7. Invest in Stackable Dinnerware Made From Melamine
Purchase some stackable melamine dinnerware instead of disposable plates, which allows you to stack them to save space, help prevent breakages and minimise washing up, as these types of plates and cups are a lot easier to clean.
8. Use a Pegboard to Organise Small Items Such as Pots and Pans
You could also consider investing in a peg board to hang or store smaller items.
These could include; your pots and pans, utensils or other items. You could also hang pots and pans along the roof of your van to make it safer and easier to reach.
9. Use a Pressure Washer to Clean the Outside of the Caravan
Depending on where you travel and weather conditions, you might find the outer shell of your caravan has become quite grubby. A good way to clean this quickly and effectively is to use a pressure washer.
This will blast dirt, mud, and grime away and should help to refresh the outside of your caravan. Remember that you must be careful when using one, as you don’t want to cause any damage to your exterior.
10. Bring Along a Portable Solar Panel to Charge Your Devices
In a modern age where technological advances have come a long way, you could invest in a portable solar panel to charge your devices.
This means you can bring along a device that connects to your caravan’s electrical system (either permanently or with an adapter) and charge it via a solar panel.
Caravans provide a great way to explore the UK and Europe, and by using some simple storage solutions, you can make the most of the space inside your caravan.
So, whether you’re a first-time caravanner or an experienced traveller, keep these tips in mind to help you save space and stay organised on your next trip. And if you need any additional advice or support, don’t hesitate to contact the Northam Farm Caravan Sales team.
We’d be happy to help you choose the perfect caravan for your needs and give you all the information you need to hit the open road in style.