Howzit, fellow adventurers – are you ready to have a TOWtally awesome holiday?! It’s no secret that caravan holidays have become all the rage again lately in a spectacular “throwback” moment, and we can see why.
Exploring the beautiful South African bush, bonding with family and friends, and living that outdoor life without sacrificing the comforts of home — it’s the ultimate win-win-win! Just for you, we’ve compiled some “lekker” DIY and Camp Master hacks to take your caravan experience from good to awesome in no time.
Whether you’re a seasoned caravanner or a newbie hitting the open road for the very first time, buckle up for a joyride of caravanning hacks that will have you wondering why your regular house doesn’t have wheels.
The Upswing in Caravan Holidays
From the mountains of the Drakensberg to the stunning coastal routes, South Africa offers a magnificent selection of breathtaking destinations that are perfect for caravan adventures. People are jumping on the caravan bandwagon for a bunch of reasons.
First off, it’s a fabulous way to escape the hustle and bustle of the city, and what’s better than waking up to the sounds of nature with a hot cuppa in one hand? Many errant outdoorsmen find #vanlife much more comfortable and long term sustainable than sleeping in tents. And we get it. It’s indoors – kinda.
Caravan holidays also offer a more budget-friendly option than hotels and B&B’s for those who want to explore the country without breaking the bank. Plus, it’s a super family-friendly way to travel; no more “Are we there yet?” cries from the backseat because, well, home is where your wheels take you!
The freedom to choose your routes, linger in scenic spots, and create memories that last a lifetime are just a few of the reasons caravanning is on the rise. There’s also something deeply satisfying about a DIY caravan renovation to suit your personal interior tastes.
DIY Caravanning Hacks
Now, we know that caravans are already equipped with the essentials, but hey, a little DIY magic can take your experience up a notch! Check out these nifty hacks to make your caravan life more comfortable and convenient:
– Shoe wine opener: Oops, forgot the corkscrew for that delicious bottle of sunset vino? No worries! Take off that shoe, place the bottom of the wine bottle inside, and find a sturdy surface. Now, give it a good whack against the wall (carefully, though) until the cork pops out. Voilà! Cheers to an ingenious solution and an even better local vintage!
– Velcro kitchenware: Tired of hearing your pots and pans clatter around while you’re driving? Grab some adhesive Velcro strips and stick them on the handle of your kitchenware (a part that doesn’t touch your heating elements at all!) Now, attach the corresponding Velcro strips to the shelf or cupboard. Your kitchenware will stay put, and you’ll enjoy a quieter ride. Plus – sticking up pots and pans makes doing the dishes almost fun?
– Reusable food containers: Save space and reduce waste with reusable food containers. Use them to store leftovers or prep your meals in advance. These containers are not only eco-friendly but also perfect for keeping your food fresh and organised during your travels. Compact spaces mean organisation is absolutely paramount to remembering where all your stuff is, and though this may require some pre-prep, we think it’s always worthwhile getting your ducks in a row before you depart.
Camp Master Caravanning Hacks
When it comes to durable and affordable outdoor gear, Camp Master is the bees’ knees! And they’ve got some jaw-dropping hacks to make your caravan holiday even more memorable. Check out these innovative Camp Master solutions:
– Portable camping sink: Picture a foldable sink that stands up right outside your caravan and gives you ample space to clean up after a family meal. Washing dishes just got easier! Camp Master’s Double Dish stand is a game-changer, saving you time and water while keeping your kitchen area clean and tidy.
– Stackable storage bins: Chaos in the caravan? Not anymore! Camp Master’s stackable storage bins are the perfect organisational tool. When not in use, stack them on top of one another for easy storage, and when you need them, open them up to hold all your gear. They’re waterproof, too. Say goodbye to clutter!
– Instant canopy: Need some shade on a scorching day? Camp Master’s range of durable, reliable gazebos has got you covered (literally!). They’re easy to set up, providing a cool and comfortable space for outdoor lounging and dining. Think instant space expansion at a low cost.
– Camp Master lights and lanterns: Light up your evenings at the campsite with Camp Master’s range of energy-efficient lights. These compact and sleek lights boast impressive hours of charge, creating a cosy and inviting atmosphere around your caravan.
– Camp Master camping hammock: Kick back and relax in Camp Master’s camping hammock. Easy to set up and oh-so-comfortable, this hammock is ideal for lazy afternoons and peaceful naps amidst nature’s beauty.
– Camp Master multi-functional camp shelves & table: Save space and stay organised with Camp Master’s multi-functional camp shelving and table. This versatile table comes with built-in storage compartments and sturdy tabletop. It’s the perfect companion for preparing meals, playing games, or simply relaxing in the great outdoors.
Tips for Between Seasons Caravanning
Ah, the in-between seasons — not too hot, not too cold, just right for a fabulous caravan trip! But wait, what about those chilly nights that are still creeping in as we approach Spring Day? Fear not, Camp Masters, we have the expertise to always achieve ultimate comfort. Here are some essential tips for a comfortable between-seasons caravanning experience:
– Thermal blankets and hot water bottles: Keep warm and toasty during cool nights by packing thermal blankets and hot water bottles. Snuggle up and enjoy the starry nights without shivering! Caravans may seem “indoorsy”, but they can get really cold, depending on your location.
– Layer up: Between-season weather can be unpredictable, so make sure to pack versatile clothing. Layers are your best friends during these seasons, allowing you to adjust your outfit as the temperature changes. This also means you get to rock multiple outdoorsy looks a day.
– Weather-resistant gear: Don’t let a sudden rain shower dampen your spirits! Invest in weather-resistant gear, such as waterproof jackets and sturdy umbrellas, to stay dry and continue your adventures even in wet weather. Don’t forget your Camp Master tarpaulin. You never know when it may come in handy.
Hook up that tow hitch, let’s go on an adventure!
Phew, we’ve covered a lot of ground on this caravanning journey! From understanding the upswing in caravan holidays to discovering DIY and Camp Master hacks, you’re now well-prepared for an unforgettable adventure, out on the open road, with the people you love.
Before you hit the road, remember to pack your sense of adventure, a dash of spontaneity, and these caravanning hacks we’ve shared with you. Then, head to a Game, Makro or Builders’ Warehouse near you to pick up all the handy Camp Master gear you need to make your next adventure the best one yet.
Now it’s your turn, fellow adventurers. Try out these caravanning hacks on your next trip, and don’t forget to share your epic experiences with us on our social media platforms. Happy caravanning! And as we say in South Africa, “Hamba kahle!” (Go well!)