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10 Things You Need to Know Before Your Campervan Holiday

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​If it’s your first time hiring a campervan, chances are there might be one or two things you didn’t expect along the way. That’s why we’re here to help with some advice from our past customers.

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We wouldn’t be here without our loyal travellers, and they’ve gladly shared their experience to help get you on your way, so we hope this helps you on the road. Here’s what they have to say!

1. Pack soft bags for more space

Hard suitcases take up more space than you think, while soft bags allow for more overall storage – which is very important when you’ve got a large group of you travelling. Soft travel bags such as backpacks and duffel bags are perfect for the amount they can fit as well as their malleability in small spaces, unlike hard-case luggage.

2. If you're coming from overseas, you may need an international driver's licence

Is your licence not in English? Then you’ll need an international driver's licence to drive in Australia, so do make sure you bring it along with you. If you are overseas but your licence is in English, then you won’t need an international one.

3. Allow time to get to know your campervan

When you come in to collect your campervan, don’t book tours or sights for that day. It’ll take time, and you’ll likely have questions (the more you ask the better) so don’t rush the initial process. Get to know your vehicle, inside and out, and stay the night nearby.

4. Purchase our Liability Reduction Option for peace of mind

Many customers suggest purchasing our Liability Reduction Option, purely for peace of mind. It’s a matter of “better safe than sorry”.

5. Shop for supplies after picking up your campervan

Once you take your time with your camper, shop for your food and supplies, instead of making purchases before you understand your living space. You’ll thank us later – plus you’ll be able to pick up more, now that you have your ride.

6. Don't drive too far on your first night either

We know it’s easy to get excited about your campervan holiday, but once you have your food and supplies, don’t start it off with a long, cumbersome drive. It’s best to cruise around the town or city you’re in and then settle down into our next tip…

7. Plug in your camper on your first night

We highly recommend you charge your campervan in a Holiday Park on your first night, to ensure all appliances are fully charged and working over the next 48 hours. This tip is even more important the further out (and longer) you drive. So take it easy on yourselves and enjoy the first few days before you see everything on your agenda.

8. Don't underestimate drive times

Speaking of driving times – ensure that you don’t miscalculate them and end up driving at night, when more animals are likely to be out on the road. Be sure to note how long each route will take, and rise and shine to beat the light. If you’re not driving, keep an eye on the driver to ensure they take regular breaks on the longer ones.

9. Pre-book campground accommodations

Before you pick up your vehicle, you’ll need to book your Holiday Parks. High peak seasons mean booking is first come, first serve so get in early. Even during low seasons, you’ll want to book them instead of chancing it. You never know when a Holiday Park might suddenly become talk of the town. And don’t forget that Britz customers get 10% off powered sites at BIG4 campgrounds nationwide! So plan ahead and save money now.

10. Ask Britz, locals and travellers for advice

Britz staff members are always ready to answer any questions you might have – but we’re also locals through and through. If you want to know the best places to go or what to do, ask away and we’ll help you out. Fellow travellers you meet on the road will give you great advice as well, so be open to re-charting your course if you learn of something exciting and new.

So now that you know what to expect for your camper holiday, you’ll be more prepared than ever. Check out our other blogs for more handy campervan tips, and safe journeys! Ready to book? Check out our awesome range of campervans here!