How to Choose the Right Camper Van for Your Needs?

Do you like traveling? Are you looking to buy a camper-van for your travel expeditions? If answers, to both of these questions, is Yes, you would surely be wondering How to choose the right camper van for your needs?.

Today, we would be answering this question of yours, by helping you judge different camper vans and helping you decide the factors to be taken into account while choosing the camper van.

1. How many companions do you often have?Vans-latest-volkswagen-camper-van-wg-wallpapers

The first question which you need to ask yourself is whether you travel solo or whether you travel along with your family or in a group. You have to calculate a rough estimate of the number of people who usually travel with you.

Once, you have the answer to this question, you can zero down on a few models of the camper van, which can accommodate that many people. Usually, a camper van can fit up to 6 people.

2. Need of extra space:

If you often travel solo or only with a single companion, you have to decide whether extra space is preferable. In such a case, you have to ask yourself, whether you would still choose a bigger camper van in order to get some extra space or whether you wouldn’t mind choosing a smaller camper van.

Also, while making a judgment on the amount of space which is needed, you have to also take into account the storage space which you need when you are going on your next traveling expedition.

3. Parking space:

The size of the camper van which you choose is dictated by a lot of things. When the camper van is not in use, you would be parking it somewhere.

If you are parking it in your driveway or garage, you have to look at the amount of parking space which you have available before choosing the camper van.

4. Self-sufficiency of the camper van:

You have to take a call on which facilities you need in the camper van.

If you want it to be entirely self-sufficient you would need facilities like:

  • Toilet
  • Shower
  • Kitchen
  • Heating facilities

Campervan_heavenIn order to make it self-sufficient, you would not only need these facilities but also power sources for the respective facilities like the kitchen and shower. If you are not that choosy, you can get plenty of camper vans which do not contain the toilet and therefore are not fully self-sufficient.The number of facilities which you need would always depend on the type of comfort which you need in your camper van.

So, if you are confused about choosing the right camper van, you can judge the various options, on these 4 parameters to select the camper van, which is perfect for you.

What To Bring on a Camping Trip

When you’re planning a camping trip, you’ll probably be wondering how much stuff to take. Do you take the entire house or do you take the minimum only to discover that you forgot a much needed item. There is no hard set rule on how much, or how little, equipment and supplies you should take because it depends on the trip itself. You need to put some thought into what is absolutely necessary and then add from there. Just make sure you do not overload yourself or the vehicle.

A Camping Tent

For tent camping, a primary piece of equipment is, of course, the tent. A tent may require additional items like rope, poles, stakes, and tools for assembling it. You can reduce or eliminate some of the items by investing in a self-assembling tent. This type has all the necessary components in one integrated unit to create a sturdy structure.

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Such tents are not exactly “self-assembling”, but they can be very quick to pack, unpack and set up which can be very useful for cold weather camping. They are also easy to haul to your location. It is preferable to have one that uses waterproof material and strong seams that resist tearing.

A Sleeping Bag or Air Mattress

Unless you are just planning a day trip, you will probably need something to sleep on. Maybe you’ve seen some movies were cowboys just sleep on the ground with a log for a headrest. It may look adventurous and some people actually enjoy it, but it can be really hard on your back and can prevent a good night’s sleep. If you are planning on hiking the next day, a stiff neck and sore back can hinder the trip.

There are many different kinds of sleeping bags and inflatable mattresses (air mattresses). If you want to use an air mattress, make sure it is self-inflating. Unless you enjoy being light headed, you will not want to blow it up with your lungs. You may also be out of luck if it requires an external power source. Many air mattresses come with built in, battery powered air pumps. If you are going to use a sleeping bag, make sure it has a durable exterior, good insulating material and is waterproof.

Camping Cookware

You will probably want to take some equipment for cooking. You could take some ready-to-eat meals that do not require any preparation, but many people find cooking outdoors very enjoyable. However, you do not want to overburden yourself with equipment that is time consuming to unpack, clean and repack, so it’s best to keep the cookware to a minimum. A lightweight camping stove, a multi-purpose pan, and a few utensils should do nicely. If you decide to bring plastic utensils, be sure to dispose of them properly. Keeping the outdoors clean for others to enjoy should be part of the camping experience.

A First Aid Kit

You should always be prepared for the unexpected mishap and a first aid kit is essential. Some important things to include in a first aid kit are:

  • Bandages. Band-aids, wrap around gauze and pads.
  • An anti-bacterial/disinfectant cream or spray for treating scrapes.
  • Aspirin. Acetaminophen or ibuprofen could be used as aspirin substitutes for peoplewith sensitive stomachs.
  • Bug bites cream or spray.
  • Moleskin for treating blisters
  • A multi-purpose knife or at least some scissors.
  • Some sanitary towelettes.

A Supply of Water

The quality of a campsite’s water supply can vary greatly, so be prepared to bring some of your own water. Since water weighs about 8 pounds per gallon, you are going to be limited on how much you can haul. You should at least bring enough bottled water for drinking, cooking and any emergencies like cleaning scrapes and cuts. Depending on your destination, you may find yourself with limited access to fresh water, so it is very important to plan ahead for your water needs.

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A good flashlight can be the most important item in your possession at night. Before leaving for a camping trip, make sure your flashlights have fresh batteries. In fact, you may want to take some spare batteries just in case. The last thing you what is to be away from the campsite at night and discover that your flashlight’s batteries are dead.

As an alternative to a battery powered flashlight, you could bring a rechargeable flashlight. The only downside is that you will need some kind of power source, like the cigarette lighter in a car, to recharge it.

Just Bring Essentials

One of the most important things to keep in mind is to just bring the essentials. If you try to bring all the comforts of home, you will find yourself hauling around a lot of extra weight that requires more work to pack and unpack. The saying “less is more” definitely applies to packing for a camping trip.

Camper Vans

If you feel like you’re ready to purchase a campervan and ride it into the sunset while enjoying flexibility wherever you might want to travel, there are a few things you should know before choosing and buying a camper van.

What to consider

Probably one of the most important things to consider and a huge constraint when it comes to choosing a camper van is your budget. Realistically speaking, only after you’ve decided how much you’re willing to spend on your vacation house on wheels, you can start looking at the size of the van and other facilities that it offers.

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Depending on how much time you’re going to spend traveling and how big is your family, sizing should also play a major role in your decision. Take into consideration that it must be easy for you to drive it, but it also needs enough storage space and enough seats for everyone traveling. Bigger vans are more comfortable, but use more fuel and are more expensive to maintain overall. Once you’ve decided on the size you want, be aware of the driver’s license requirements for that specific size vehicle.

Choosing features

And last, but not least, when choosing and buying a camper van you need to remember that built-in features can make all the difference. Even though you can definitely live without some of them, a broken toilet or sink can turn your travel experience into a nightmare. So list the features you absolutely need in order of importance, while keeping in mind that adding too many can shrink the interior space of the van. Some of the most common features found in a camper van are a cooker, fridge, sink, toilet, awnings or cushions and curtains, but you’re the only one who can decide on what is essential.camper_van_gallery

Conclusion

Buying a camper van is an excellent idea, but you need to do your due diligence first so you’re happy with your purchase. On that note, make sure seating is safe for everyone while travelling, don’t forget about the sleeping capacity and check if your beds are not too small for an average adult.