If you are planning to rent a campervan or motorhome this year, there is much to consider. Modern campervans are fully equipped and this means you are never really sure exactly what to bring and what is supplied. With this in mind, here is a checklist of things you are recommended to carry with you when you embark on the holiday of a lifetime.
- The right Vehicle – This is easily achieved with online rental companies that have a range of quality vehicles at affordable prices. You might want to rent a large motorhome, and even rental cars in Australia are available at reasonable rates, and you can arrange for the vehicle to be waiting at the airport, making the trip convenient.
- Passport and Driving Licence – Of course your passport is essential, and if you want to drive in Australia, you will need to bring your domestic driving licence, which is acceptable if it is from an English Speaking country. In the event you come from a European, non-English speaking country, you will need to obtain an International Driving Permit (IDP) and this can be done for little cost in your home country.
- Phone Chargers and Power Adapters – You will require charging facilities for your devices, so check online to see the power requirements, and it is possible to buy adapters if necessary. You might want to include several large capacity SD cards to allow you to take video and still images of the holiday. A USB converter will certainly allow you to play your favourite music on the vehicle’s sound system, so make sure you have at least one in your luggage.
- Insect Repellent – Australia has its fair share of mosquitoes, so make sure you have more than enough repellent for at least the first few days.
- First Aid Kit – There are many remote areas in Australia, and a first aid kit is an essential item to bring along. Fill it with all the usual items and make sure you have an adequate supply of sun protection, as it gets very hot sometimes.
- Credit Cards – It isn’t a good idea to carry large amounts of cash, and it might be good to inform your credit card company that you are going abroad for a holiday, as they sometimes block a transaction if it comes from a different country. The card should allow you to draw cash from any ATM, and traveller’s cheques are also a safe way to keep your holiday money.
- Warm Clothes – Even in the summer, it can be cold at nights, and although your campervan will have adequate heating, you might want to sleep under the stars, so a warn set of clothing is essential. A thick jacket and a pair of leggings will keep the night chill out, and they don’t take up a lot of room in your luggage.
If you make sure the above items are taken care of, your holiday should be a memorable experience, and anything you forget can be purchased locally, although it might be a bit more expensive than your home country.