Campervan holiday tips, hints and advice
Tips to make the most of your motorhome holiday in Europe and the USA
Practical guide to planning a motorhome holiday
A motorhome holiday is a fantastic way to explore the great outdoors and create everlasting memories. Exploring the US or Europe in a motorhome or RV (recreational vehicle) is a great form of escapism. You can sleep in comfort at places so remote that there are no hotels for miles around. You can wake up at dawn, pull up the blinds and watch the morning sunrise.
Motorhome holidays are gaining in popularity all the time and can be a great family trip, however ensure you plan your journey prior to setting off. Remember to book early to make sure your motorhome is avliable and for the best prices.
Why chose a motorhome holiday?
Here are just a few reasons why a motorhome holiday is better: Being on the open road; freedom (home is where you park it!); escape, feels more like travelling; constantly shifting the horizon; chance to get off the beaten track; adventure yet comfort in the outdoors – like luxurious camping; value for money and great fun – for one price you get transport, kitchen, dining area and accommodation, all in one neat package! Maybe daunting thought of driving one but after a few minutes most people will love the experience of driving with up-high views and this all adds to the memorable experience; brings you into closer contact with both the scenery and the locals you meet on the road; family-friendly – ideal for family bonding and time together; allows for connection and reconnection with family, country and locals; real home from homes – cosy and quickly warm up if needed, with showers, toilet, hot water, oven and cooker, full-size fridge, dining space, lounge area etc – things have vastly improved in their design in the past few years – now with all mod cons on board and more spacious than you might imagine; dog (and cat!) friendly; much easier to pack for a break than flying and no queues or tedious waits in airports as well as a much more comfy and fun way to travel.
Planning your motorhome adventure
Planning ahead before you commence travel is a great way to ensure your motorhome holiday runs smoothly and without any unexpected surprises. Don’t think you are going to see a whole country in a week because you will just end up with a lot of photographs of the motorway and not pretty scenery.
By planning to visit a few areas that interest you, you will get more out of the motorhome holiday. This will also allow you to plan how long moving from campsite to campsite is going to take you so you don’t spend all your time on the road. Including plenty of time off in your itinerary is vital. An evening spent cooking sausages over an open fire or an afternoon splashing in a campsite swimming pool will make all the difference.
Any long journey with children can be a trial, and the key to success is in the planning. Try to organise your trip with a maximum journey time per day and drive when the children are likely to nod off.
Another way of reducing the stress levels is to book the first few nights at a campsite before you go. Over the summer, they get full very quickly so knowing you have a place for a few days is reassuring whilst planning which one to go to next.
Booking your motorhome, 4×4, camper etc.
RV hire companies require you to have a driving licence and a major credit card, check minimum age requirements as these vary ( from 21 to 25 years old). Thanks to the internet, booking independently is straightforward and there are a number of large, well-established rental companies. Our search box at the bottom of the page will help you find rhe best deals and offers in the country you choose. Always book early, the earlier you book the better your deal will be.
Use the campsite facilities where possible.
Although amotorhome has a toilet, shower, hot water etc. they do not compare with the facilities you will find on most campsites. It’s much better to use the site facilities wherever possible – it keeps the motorhome cleaner and you’ll have less to do when you want to move on. Most sites provide mains power hook-up and when you connect to their power supply, switch the fridge and the heater over to running on mains electric, rather than using your gas.
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What to Pack for your motorhome adventure
Money/currency – travellers cheques, credit cards, cash, bank/debit card
Travel insurance – leave one copy of your policy at home and take one copy with you
International Driver’s Licence* (if necessary )
Camera, battery charger / extra batteries, spare memory stick
Watch with alarm
Mobile phone & charger
Laptop and power cord
Sunscreen – the UV rays are harsh, we suggest you pack this for all seasons.
Torch – handy if you need don’t want to disturb your travelling companion during the night and need to search through a cupboard or bag or if you prefer to use campground bathroom facilities rather than your campervan toilet.
Eco plastic bags – handy to store your dirty laundry, wet towels and rubbish. Zip lock bags are handy to keep meal left overs fresh.
Contact lens/eyeglasses prescriptions
Prescriptions for any medications you may need – always carry medicines in correctly labelled containers
Doctor’s certificates / vaccination certificates
First aid kit – or you can purchase this from any Maui branch
Travel sickness tablets
Toothbrush & toothpaste
Shampoo / Conditioner
Razor / shaving cream
Clothing & footwear
Check the seasonal conditions so you pack appropriately
Comfortable walking shoes
Sandals / thongs / jandals / flip flops – handy to use at communal campground bathrooms
* A current and full motor vehicle driver’s licence is required and must be produced upon vehicle collection. Should a foreign licence be in a language other than English, it must be accompanied by an accredited English translation. The translation must be provided by a Transport Agency authorised translation service or a diplomatic representative at a high commission, embassy or consulate, or the authority that issued your overseas licence (an International Driving Permit may be acceptable as a translation if in English).