Motorhome Hire Christchurch: How To Prepare For Your First Camping Trip

One of the best types of holidays is going on a camping trip. Whether it be somewhere close or a few hours away, the prospect of going on a camping trip is always exciting. For beginners, however, a camping trip may seem daunting. It takes a lot of planning, that’s for sure. But don’t let that fear stop you from hitting the road. Even the most seasoned campers were once beginners, so there’s always room to learn. You’ll reach that point, too.

Because you’re still new to camping, getting right into it is the best way to start. Don’t be intimidated by the bumps coming along the way, as those are quite common. Once you get familiar with the basics, you’ll be collecting memories of experiences that will bring you on the road to becoming a pro.

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That begins today with this must-read guide on how to prepare for your first camping trip in a motorhome hire:

Reserve Your Campsite Ahead Of Time 

Camping on a motorhome hire Christchurch has perks, but it doesn’t mean you can let your guard down. There are still so many things you have to prepare, one of which is where you’re going to spend the night. Camping and going on the road in a motorhome is like having a home on wheels, but you still have to think about where you’ll park the motorhome. 

With that in mind, you must have a slot in the campsite you intend on going to. Otherwise, if you make plans at the last minute, you may wind up losing your slot. This situation can often happen, especially when camping on a popular weekend holiday.

Remember To Pack Toiletries And Hygiene Products

Sure, you may have heard of the many horror stories of camping trips getting halted by a trip to the hospital. It happens quite frequently, but it doesn’t mean it should happen to you, too. Of course, you’d know to bring your prescription medicines and other essentials, but don’t forget to pack toiletries and hygiene products.

The great thing about traveling on a motorhome is you don’t have to worry about the airlines’ usual baggage weight limit. You can bring whatever you want, so use that to your advantage.

With toiletries, it’s easy to think you can stop somewhere to buy some. However, you never know if things are going to go as planned. If you can skip those, you wouldn’t want to make too many grocery or shopping-related stops. Packing your own saves you quite a lot of stress.

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Bring A Small First Aid Kit

Bringing a first aid kit may seem like an overkill move, but it helps you be prepared for whatever may come along the way. Camping usually means you’re off to the great outdoors. Nature is beautiful, but there’s also a higher chance of encountering a few accidents. It can especially be truer when you’re traveling with young children.

A first aid kit may not cover the most extreme of all situations, but it helps give first relief, especially when the closest hospital is quite far away. Who knows, you can also potentially skip a trip to the emergency room if the situation has already been addressed through the first aid treatment you’ve given.

Bring Comfortable Clothes

Camping in a motorhome does allow you to bring more belongings than you could in an airplane, but this doesn’t mean you can bring your entire closet with you. For first-time campers, packing may be confusing, too. There’s always that thought to bring more than you need, ‘just in case.’

It’s prudent, but those ‘just in case’ clothing can be limited only to a few basics. Focus on comfortable clothes to take you through the entire day. Choose fabrics that dry easily, so if you need to wash and dry while your motorhome is parked for the night, you don’t have to worry about tugging along wet clothes the next day. 

Comfort is king when camping. It applies not just to clothing but even to your footwear choice.

Take Note Of Amenities Available In The Campsite

When booking a campsite, take note of what their available amenities are. Then, cross-check those amenities with what you have and don’t have in your motorhome. This strategy is very good to apply, so you don’t have to stress about bringing too many unnecessary things.

Remember, even like any other mode of traveling, the more things you bring, the more stressful the situation will be. For instance, if a fire pit or stove is already available in your campsite and your motorhome, then there really is no reason to pack one.

Now You Should Be Ready For Your First Campout 

Have the ideas above gotten you excited for your first campout? Now that you know where to start, it’s time to start planning that trip. Look for the best local motorhome or campervan provider if that’s how you’d like to hit the road. Consider the features and amenities you need so your first trip to the great outdoors doesn’t have to feel so far off from your comfort zone.

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