When we’re about to hit the road in our campervan, caravan or RV, most of us don’t like to entertain the idea that something might go wrong. However, it pays to be prepared just in case and we’ve got you covered. Read on to find out how you can avoid some of the most common travel disasters.
1. Running out of water
We don’t need to tell you that water is essential. You definitely don’t want to run out, especially when travelling in Australia, where the distances between towns can be so vast. Our suggestion? Install a Topargee water gauge in your RV, caravan or campervan to ensure you always know how much water you have left, right down to the litre. It means you’ll be able to stock up in plenty of time and never be caught out again.
2. Medical incidents
Many medical conditions and incidents can become far more severe if you aren’t prepared. Keep a record of all the important information like medications, blood type and pre-existing conditions in the glove box. Remember to pack a first aid kit and stock up on all the medications you might need. Pack a little extra medication if you can, just in case you break down or are held up somewhere for a reason beyond your control (border closures, weather, etc.). If you’re going to be travelling to remote areas, attend a first aid course before you leave and take a really comprehensive medical kit with you.
3. Breaking down on the road
There are a few simple things you can do to limit the chances of breaking down. Have your caravan, campervan or RV serviced before you leave and make sure you’re getting it checked out quite regularly if you’re travelling for extended periods of time. If you’re not across the basics of car maintenance you should learn how to change a tyre and get a better understanding of what lies under the hood so you can watch out for anything out of the ordinary.
In the event that you do breakdown, if you’ve packed a mechanical kit with the essential tools, you should be able to sort out simple issues yourself. Additionally, we recommend that you keep all your car details in a safe place so you can share them easily with any service providers and potentially speed up repairs.
4. Climate disasters
If the last few years has taught us anything, it’s that the rate of climate disasters is rapidly increasing. While you can’t possibly plan for everything, research the areas you're travelling to beforehand and understand which disasters have impacted these regions in the past, then make a plan. There are lots of resources out there that can help you with this. For example, on the CFA site, they ask important questions you should consider when travelling through areas that are prone to bushfires.
While we hope that your holiday goes smoothly and you return home safely, without incident, it is always best to be prepared. These suggestions will help you to make the most out of your travels, even if something does go a little awry. If you have any top tips for other travellers on how to avoid disasters that we haven’t covered, please share them in the comments below.