Handy Caravan Hire Checklist for Your Next Camping Holiday
Wednesday 21st February 2018
By Dave Eddy
Caravan holidays are exciting, relaxing and fun experiences, but to get the most out of them you have to do some preparation and planning. Our checklist below will ensure you have as few hiccups along the way as possible, so that you can have an enjoyable experience. Find the printable pdf version at the bottom of the this article.
What You'll Need To Bring
Gas - make sure the gas tanks are full and refill if necessary
Gas Cooker - so you can cook up breakfast, lunch and dinners
Folding camp table - perfect for cooking outside with
Folding camp chairs - they always come in handy, particularly if guests arrive
Bottle opener and can opener - just in case there isn't one in the caravan, as there is nothing more frustrating
Kitchen utensils, pots, cutlery and crockery - check what is in the caravan before you go so you can see if there is anything that you need, but don't have. Keep a list of your things so you can remove them before giving the caravan back to the owner.
Clothes for all occasions - including something warm/cool to sleep in and rainwear
Toilet paper - keep a ready supply
Wet wipes - because they come in handy in a whole range of situations
First aid kit - for patching up bumps and scrapes
Medicine - if you take medicine regularly make sure you have enough with you for the trip
Toiletries - shampoo, conditioner, body wash, soap, sunscreen, toothpaste and toothbrush!
Torch - always comes in handy when caravanning
Windbreakers - for privacy and protection when you are sitting outside your caravan
Towels - for the caravan, the pool and the beach
Things to do on rainy days – board games, card games, books, colouring in activities for children, etc
Phone charger - they are easy to forget. Also remember to bring chargers for your other electrical items, like tablets, shavers, iPods, etc.
Food! - unless you are going somewhere really remote you will be able to buy most of your food at your location. It is still a good idea to bring some with you though, particularly things like tea, coffee, sugar, salt, pepper, butter, etc – the essentials.
Your Car & the Caravan
Engine – ideally your car should have gone through a service recently. Even if it has though, you should still check the oil level and the coolant level.
Window washing fluid – make sure the fluid in your windscreen washer is full
Tyres - make sure the pressures of your tyres are correct, including your spare tyre
Lights - check that all your lights are working
Mirrors - make sure you mirror extensions are fitted securely and that you can see clearly
Maintenance Equipment You Should Bring With You
Spare wheels - for your car and caravan
Oil - engine oil
Insulating tape and duct tape - can temporarily fix many, many problems
Jack and wheel changing tools - so you can replace your wheels if you get a flat
Tyre gauge - so you can check pressures on the go
Tool kit - for repairs on the go
The Caravan - Preparation For Departure
Clear down - put all loose items away
Close everything - close all windows, doors and hatches, as well as cupboard doors and drawers. The refrigerator door should also be locked.
Steps - raise your steps
Lights - check the lights are connected to your car and working properly
Tyres - check the tyre pressures
Chokes and brakes - make sure brakes are disengaged and any chokes are removed
Jockey wheel - the jockey wheel needs removed or lifted
Hitch - make sure the towing hitch is properly secured
Gas - turn off the gas
Leads and water hoses - make sure they are all disconnected, including the water and electrical leads
Checklist if hiring a caravan off Camplify
Before You Hire a Caravan
Compatibility - check the weight and couplings of the caravan to make sure you can tow it with your car
Size - make sure the caravan is going to fit in the space you have rented at the holiday park
Equipment and amenities - make sure the caravan has everything that you will need, from kitchen equipment to the number of beds to whether or not it has a toilet
Paperwork - make sure you get insurance from the caravan owner
When collecting - check that everything is working and in good order. For example, check the lights, tyre pressures, and the equipment inside the caravan.
Before Handing The Caravan Back To Its Owner
Remove everything that's yours - go through the cupboards, drawers and shelves in every room to locate and remove any items that are yours. In particular look out for clothing, toiletries and extra kitchen utensils, as these are often left behind.
Tidy up - do a general clean of the caravan
Check the caravan - do a walk around the caravan to check its condition, noting any damage that was caused, or any items that are not functioning properly
All you need to do now is search for your next caravan holiday destination, and start planning your next trip.