5 Holiday Campervan Grocery Essentials

Memorable holidays would be incomplete without covering all your holiday essentials. A typical holiday checklist would include buying most, if not all, of the grocery items you will need for your trip. Buying and preparing everything you need for your holiday on a camper rental is something that you must practice all the time whether you’re headed to any of the local destinations in Australia or out of the country, like New Zealand.

So before you hire a camper in your next trip anywhere in Australia or New Zealand, how about checking this list we made on groceries that you might just need for your next holiday? They might even save your life, literally. 

1. Squirrel-Sized Snacks

Dried fruits and nuts are considered as one of the most popular on-the-road treats. They come in small packets and can easily be carried and eaten anywhere.

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Nuts also pack a lot of protein that you would need in your long journey. Apart from that, did you know that almonds can help with those darn headaches? Buy a combination of peanuts and almonds and enjoy that crunchy saltiness tickling your taste buds.

If you’re not a fan-nut-tic, there are other treats that you might indulge in. How about dried fruits and berries that would tickle your tongue? There are a lot of popular fruits to choose from like raisins, banana chips, and candied fruits.

Fruits are packed with vitamin C as well as B-vitamins that are good for your immune system. 

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Another good thing about dried fruits and nuts is that they can be consumed even if you are on the road in your campervan. Avoid getting hungry in the middle of your journey by bringing a box of these sweet, salty, and tangy treats.

You can buy dried fruits and nuts in your favourite supermarket at affordable prices. You can even check the local market in your holiday destination to get the freshest deals.

 2. Satisfying No-Cook Meals

Speaking of food on the go, buy easy to cook, or better yet, no-cook meals for your campervan holiday. These meals can easily be reheated using the built-in gas stove or microwave oven in your campervan. However, don’t get us wrong. It’s always a joy to prepare hearty meals in your campervan during your vacation in the great outdoors. 

No-cook meals not only stave away hunger, they put in much-needed calories in your body for those challenging outdoor activities. Of course, you’d want to get the most out of your campervan holiday. That’s why you also need a body that’s ready for a day packed with adventure.

No-cook meals can also include foods that could be served for breakfast like oatmeal, bread, deli meat, fresh vegetables, and a variety of spreads. As for spreads, don’t forget to bring some margarine and good old vegemite.

 3. Stock-up on Sugary Delights

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The moment you go outside of your campervan to explore, you would certainly be using energy. That’s a lot of energy you’d be burning by walking, hiking or swimming in any of the wonderful national parks that dot the entire continent.

What better way to energise your body than to eat sugary delights like candy bars! Bring a candy bar or two in your pocket and have it ready while on the move from one scenic destination to the next. Avoid getting woozy with fatigue by eating something that would pump fuel in those muscles.

For the health conscious tourists, there are healthy alternatives to your traditional candy bar. You can buy energy bars or granola bars for the same energy boost without the fear of packing extra fat around your belly. Candy bars and their healthy alternatives are your best bet for a jolt of power for those long strolls at the legendary Outback.

 4. Agua Vida

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Don’t forget to bring water and energy drinks. It’s important to stay hydrated while walking under the heat of the sun. Although there would be a lot of public bubblers in the national parks, it would be great if you carry around a water bottle wherever you go.

Remember that your body is made mostly of water and it is losing a lot of liquid while you are on the move. Massive loss of fluids in your body might result in many health complications in the long run. Add to that, drinking water helps cool down your body from the sweltering heat.

5.  Handy First Aid Kit

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Meanwhile, there is one more thing that you might want to consider buying while you are in the supermarket. That would be a handy first aid kit. Buy some insect repellant, sunscreen, cotton balls, and rubbing alcohol for emergencies. Have quick remedies within reach for common ailments during your campervan holiday. Even a dip in the beach could bring its unwanted surprises. That’s why it’s better to always be prepared by keeping a first aid kit ready at hand.

These are just some of the items that you can include in your grocery list for in your next holiday. Not only are these grocery items handy, they can also be stored in your camper’s built-in fridge to store in their freshness. As for the first aid kit, you can keep it safe and away from the reach of children in any of the cabinets or compartments pre-installed in your campervan.

Do you have your list of groceries ready? How about sharing them with us? Connect with us through Facebook and Twitter and share your campervan experiences with holiday-goers around the world.

5 WA Holiday Safety Tips

Western Australia is the biggest state in the commonwealth. Because of its size, it also guarantees a lot of surprises for both regular tourists as well as new backpackers and visitors of the golden state. A hired campervan can surely take you to your destination of choice, like from Perth to Broome or in Australia’s heartland – the Outback.

However, you must always remember to watch your step when travelling in the great wilderness of Western Australia, even if you are in a comfy Cheapa campervan. There are real dangers when you step out of your campervan and explore the vastness of the state, even if it’s at one of the pristine beaches or the national parks of your choice.

As the adage say: “an ounce of prevention is better than a pound of cure.” So, we have prepared some important reminders for when you visit Western Australia or any other location in Australia, for that matter. So, read on and learn more about the things you can do at the dangerous destinations in the golden state.

Sun’s Out Guns Out!

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Apply as much sunscreen as possible before you go out. Western Australia is mostly hot, arid land. From the long coastline down to the orange sands of the Outback, you need to protect your skin from the harmful effects of UV rays.

Get the SPF50+ sunscreen that is highly recommended by experts in Australia. Also, remember to apply the lotion 30 minutes before exposing yourself to sunlight.

Although sunscreen would protect you from some of the harmful effects of  UV exposure, it is also great to protect your eyes and face by wearing a good visor and a pair of sunglasses before stepping out.

Swim Safely

The beaches of Western Australia are famous for their cool blue waters and abundant marine life. However, most of the marine life dwelling in these calm seas are untamed. That is why you need to take some precaution when swimming in open water.

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The sea is full of sharks and other wild aquatic animals that have been thriving in the waters. However, this shouldn’t prevent you from fulfilling your dream vacation to, let’s say, swim with sharks.

Actually, there are great ways to enjoy being one with the marine wildlife of Western Australia. 

Visit one of the many national parks in the state where you can observe marine animals at a safe distance, like the Aquarium of Western Australia. They offer tours where both kids and kids at heart can watch sharks up close, separated only by a thick industrialised strength glass.

If you’re a true adrenaline junkie, you can still swim with sharks under close supervision, of course. There are several tours in Western Australia that offer shark cage diving tours. You can observe these giant sea predators in their element inside the safety of a stainless steel cage.

Slithering Snakes

The Outback is teeming with of wildlife even if most of the region is covered by desert sand. The loose, orange-hued sand hides some of the most fantastic species of insect and snakes. One thing to remember while walking amidst low shrubs and the stony terrain is to be on the lookout for insects and reptiles that may be venomous. Their stings or bites could even be deadly if you are allergic to its toxic composition.

The best way to avoid these hidden desert creatures is to go on a tour of the Outback with a reliable guide. Or if you want a more intimate vacation, always follow the familiar footpath which has been used by previous visitors. Avoid taking off on your own, especially if you have never toured the desert before. 

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Being lost in the desert is something you would want to avoid. Aside from the creatures lurking in the sand, there is also the threat of dehydration if you wander too far from your campervan. Add to that, it would be very difficult to contact anyone using your mobile phone if you lose your way in the desert.

To avoid getting lost in the desert, it would be better to move in pairs so that you have enough resources as well as instant help when the need arises. Always bring a bottle of water when walking in the desert to avoid dehydration as you take in the smouldering beauty of the legendary Outback.

Wild Western Australia

The “Golden State” is home to many endemic species. These creatures live in national parks and wildlife sanctuaries where they can be observed by both locals and tourists at a safe distance. Some of the most popular animals in these parks are the kangaroos and wallabies.

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Although you may be allowed to come close to these marsupials, you must approach with caution. Kangaroos could pack a wallop if they feel threatened. It is best not to provoke these animals by teasing them or showing them food that you do not intend to share with them. Those things might rub them in the wrong way.

The best way to observe these wild animals is at a safe distance. If you want to come close, at least have someone from the park 

nearby so that you’ll have someone to assist you when something goes awry. Also, remember the other golden rule that is “do not feed the animals.” Most of the attacks were caused by people trying to feed these cuddly by wild animals.

Actually, this rule applies to all wild animals that you come close contact. No matter how cute or cuddly they may appear, they are still untamed and must be approached with caution.

Campfire Cares

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When you set-up a campfire in the woods, always remember to put it out before leaving the campsite. There had been incidents of bushfires caused by campfires that weren’t properly attended to.

Wildfires destroy several kilometres of forested areas, which would make several wildlife species homeless. Add to that, the plants that once covered the earth would take years to grow. These plants hold the soil together, which prevents soil erosion.

It is only common courtesy to put out your campfire properly before you leave the campsite. In this way, the next visitors would also have a great time in that holiday destination, just like you did.

So these are just some of the things you need to remember when going on a tour of Western Australia. What’s more important is that you enjoy every minute of your holiday. What other safety measures do you have in mind when touring the wilderness of Western Australia? We would love to hear from you. Connect with us on Facebook and on Twitter and share the destinations you’ve been while in a campervan holiday.

How To Travel Queensland With A Baby (And Still Have Fun)

Can you still have your dream vacation even if your family just recently had a baby? The answer is a big yes.

Karen Edwards and her partner Shaun Bayes, together with their then 3-month old  baby, Esme, explored Australia, Asia and New Zealand for 10 months.

If they can do it, so can you.

If you are looking for an ideal year-round getaway, look no further than Queensland.  Its serene beaches like the Whitehaven’s, and laid-back lifestyle will surely ease the stress from your body.

The state has a compact land area which can be travelled aboard a motorhome with ease.

Here are some reminders that will help you in your travels around Queensland.

Travel While They are Young

The best time for your newborn to first experience the joys of travel is between the age of six months to one year. During this period, babies are actually much stronger than they look. They also weigh less at this point, making them easier to carry around.

Furthermore, babies have yet to develop preferences. For example, they don’t mind what food you give them. As long as your kids’ basic needs (food, sleep, play time and clean nappies) are being met, they are less likely to interrupt your travels.

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Vehicle Safety for Babies

Choosing the service of a motorhome or campervan hire in Sydney is one of the safest ways to go around Queensland when you are travelling with a baby. You can prepare your child’s food in the motorhome’s kitchen and have your baby sleep indoors anytime of the day.

One of the main challenges when travelling with your baby is securing him or her while your vehicle is on the road. Luckily, most motorhome rental companies provide baby seats to ensure the safety of their 6 months to 4-year old passengers.

For your baby’s safety, always check with the motorhome rental company if the particular unit you booked has baby seats. It may cost you extra for this safety feature, but it is a small price to pay for your peace of mind.

Here is a complete guide in choosing child restraints for your toddlers.

Things to Bring When You  Travel

Your baby’s needs may outweigh your own needs. Often, when a baby gets cranky or cries it only means that some of his or her needs (food, sleep, playtime, diaper change, etc.) are not being met.

Here is a list of things you should bring with you when you are going on a road trip with an infant:

  • Small toys and touch-and-feel books for entertainment
  • Extra clothes and nappies
  • Baby carrier to free your hands while moving around with your baby
  • Your baby’s favourite low-mess snacks or pureed food
  • Nappy rash cream and wipes for hygiene
  • First aid kit for emergencies
  • Formula milk, if you are not breastfeeding
  • Removable window shades to shield their eyes and skin from the sun
  • And of course, a CAMERA to capture those precious moments

Baby-Friendly Sites in Queensland

Contrary to popular belief, travelling with a baby will not significantly limit the places you can visit or the activities you can do. In Queensland, there are tons of travel destinations where families with toddlers can spend quality time together.

Below are a few baby-friendly activities you can do in Queensland:

  1. Hit the Sunshine Coast

Babies and the beach are a perfect match. Your little ones just love the feel of sand on their feet and to swim in the sea as much as you do. Drive your way into one of the magnificent beaches in the Sunshine Coast and splash around the refreshing waters with your tot. Minimise their exposure to the sun and avoid the hottest times of the day between 11 A.M. and 3 P.M.

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  1. Picnic at one of Brisbane’s Parks

You don’t need to travel far from the capital to enjoy a piece of Queensland. Picnic in one of the lush green parks in Brisbane and let your child snooze under the shades of trees. Colmslie Beach Reserve, Kalinga Park and Roma Street Parklands are just a few of your options.

  1.     Meet and Greet the Koalas

Introduce your child to the importance of nature and wildlife as early as possible. The tranquil Daisy Hill Conservation Park has lush trees that provide sufficient amounts of  shade. Possums and wallabies can also be sighted once in awhile.

  1.   Frolic at the Carrara Market

Head to Queensland’s biggest market with your tot tucked in a baby carrier. The popular family destination has merry-go-rounds, pony rides, bazaars and face painters which you can check out on top of your shopping. Best of all, the market has free entrance and parking.

Carrying your Child Through Your Travels

Babywearing is perhaps the best way to carry your child as your family travels. This ingenious contraption allows you to move around while your baby stays close to you. Other benefits of this parenting activity are: less crying, breastfeeding, freeing your hands and a quiet bonding moment.

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For a hassle-free babywearing experience, here are a few tips:

  • Practise wearing your child at home before your travel so your infant can get used to it.
  • Ensure your baby’s nasal airways aren’t blocked. Riding a bike or driving while wearing your baby is certainly a no-no.  
  • Be attentive and pay attention to your surroundings. Lastly, hydrate well. Babywearing can be a little hot, especially on hot days.

These are just some of the important points you should know when travelling around Queensland with a baby. To reduce the hassles of travelling with a baby, rent a motorhome. This vehicle will help you control your schedule and have enough room for everything your child needs when travelling.

 

 

No Meat? No Problem! Easy Camping Recipes For Vegans

Eating is one of the most enjoyable parts of camping. You get to prepare food from scratch, cook it over a campfire or portable stove, and eat together while sharing stories.

Barbecued meat is the preferred food for most camping trips because they are easy to prepare and requires only a few ingredients. But, vegans may find it difficult to enjoy conventional camping food. Hence, the need for these easy-to-do vegan camping recipes:

 1. Vegan Kebab

Can’t have meat but still need a good source of protein? Try Teriyaki Tofu Kebabs. Just like regular kebabs, marinade the tofu in a mixture of soy sauce, lemon juice and spices. The marinating time should be shorter than that of meat because tofu softens up faster.

Next, choose the veggies and fruits you want to compliment the tofu. All-time camping favourites are: onions, mango, mushrooms, bell peppers, zucchini, peaches and pineapple. Skewer them and then grill.

Preparation time: 8 to 10 minutes per skewer

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2. Grilled Sweet Potato

When it comes to root crops, sweet potato is king. It’s rich in fibre, vitamin B6 and carbohydrates. This healthy eat also has low glycemic index and anti-inflammatory properties.

Start the recipe by slicing the sweet potato into wedges. Then, season with salt and your choice of herbs. Place it on the grill and turn every 3 minutes or so on each side. Use a fork or knife to check if it’s already soft and tender. When the potatoes are ready, remove it from the grill and serve.

Preparation time: 10 to 25 minutes

3. Corn on the Cob

Corn is a staple in camping trips. It lasts for a long time and can be cooked in many ways. Plus, it’s healthy and yummy. To grill, you need only to put the corn cob over burning charcoal, turning it every minute or so to avoid burning the kernels.

Another way to cook this camping favourite is to toss the corn wrapped in aluminium foil in an open campfire. It will also give the same effect as the corn was grilled. Add herbs and spices before grilling to amplify flavour. Our suggestion, add chilli and lime.

Preparation time: 3 to 10 minutes

4. Veggie Hotdogs

Being away from the city shouldn’t stop you from enjoying healthy, tasty veggie dogs. This easy to prepare snack is available in supermarkets. It’s so easy to cook, even your kids can make it with some guidance. You will need vegan buns, vegan hotdogs, mustard, ketchup and your preferred toppings like pickles, coleslaw and hummus.

To cook, simply skewer the hotdog and hold it over the fire. Rotate until it’s cooked equally. Pull it out of the skewer and into the bun. When cooked to your liking, just add mustard, ketchup and your preferred toppings.

Preparation time: 5 to 10 minutes

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5. Veggie Stew

Stews are great to keep you warm during those chilly evenings in the wild. To make one, you only need to bring canned vegan faves like vegetarian chilli beans, vegetarian baked beans, yellow corn, mushroom and tomatoes.

Mix the veggies together in a cooking pan or casserole and heat over medium fire. This dish is also good even when served lukewarm on a hot day.

Preparation time: 4 to 8 minutes

6. Yoghurt Parfait

This recipe is great if you travel with a campervan with fridge. Yoghurt parfait is ideal for a quick breakfast or snack. The recipe can vary depending on the fruit you want to add. Basic ingredients are yoghurt, cream, vanilla and vanilla. Adding egg and cereal is optional.

Put yoghurt into a bowl. Add cream and vanilla. Whisk it slowly until it’s thick. Put brown sugar on top of the mixture. Cover it with a plastic wrap or foil, making sure the edges are tightly sealed. Place it in the freezer for 20 to 30 minutes. Take it out and add berries or your choice of fruit. Repeat the process depending on how many layers you like. Best served when cold and not frozen.

Preparation time: Less than an hour

7. Campfire S’mores a la Vegan

Campfire and s’mores are synonymous. Children and even some adults can’t have a campfire without s’mores.  Here is a simple s’more recipe that requires only three ingredients: chocolate syrup, Graham crackers and vegan marshmallow (look for Dandies’). Vegan marshmallows don’t contain dairy but can be pricier than regular brands.

To make this awesome treat, toast the marshmallow over the campfire. After toasting the marshmallows to your liking, cover it with chocolate syrup and place between the crackers. If you hired a campervan, cook the s’mores on the stove instead.

Preparation time: 4 to 5 minutes

Cooking your own food is one of the greatest joys of camping. It makes you feel independent and resourceful. For vegans, it’s a challenge on creativity. Hopefully, these easy camping recipes can add to your food choices when camping with your family.

If you prefer cooking using a stove than a campfire, hire a motorhome equipped with a small kitchen. Salamanda Travel can help you book the most competitive camper rental Australia has available. All you need to do is try our price comparison tool and get your road trip started today!

Your 4-Day Itinerary Through NSW’s Lightning Ridge

Lightning Ridge is famous for being Australia’s “Black Opal Country,” however, there is more to this town than meets the eye because there’s so many things to do and attractions to see, thus making it a top holiday destination.

Getting to Lightning Ridge, however, can be a bit tricky and we highly recommend renting a campervan or a motorhome to get the most out of your stay here. So without further ado, here’s a 4-day itinerary so you can cover all the tourist destinations with friends and family.

Your journey starts with picking up your campervan rental at Sydney. Yep, if you need to rent a camper australia has the best motorhome rental companies to do business with.  While you’re in the city, make sure you stock up on supplies you need for the trip. Also, the trip to Lightning Ridge will take anywhere from eight to 10 hours, so make sure that you are well rested before driving.

From Sydney to Lightning Ridge

The most direct route is via the Great Western Highway towards the Blue Mountains Region. Then head to Bathurst, Dubbo, Gilgandra before taking the Castlereagh highway. Upon arriving in Lightning Ridge, you can park your campervan or motorhome at Opal Caravan Park or Lightning Ridge Tourist Park, and get ready to explore this part of the trip.

During your first day in Lightning Ridge eat at their famous diners like the Woolpack Dining Room and General Store which serves western, home-cooked dish. You can also try Noby’s Bistro, Bar and Grill which offers a variety of dishes.

Up for pizza?  You won;t go wrong with Bruno’s Pizza Italian Restaurant. They also serve coffee, breads and desserts. For bigger portions, go to the Lightning Ridge Bowling Club for their buffet and curry.Apart from serving mouthwatering local cuisines. These establishments are also great for meeting other tourists and getting to know local  residents.

Dig Deep Into The Opal Mines

Spend the next day exploring the rich opal mining history of Lightning Ridge. Australia produces 95-per cent of the world’s opal supply and Lightning Ridge has the largest deposit of it in the country. The first shaft built to mine these gemstones were built in 1905, and the town even celebrates Opal Festival, a four-day event held on 30th June to 2nd August every year."110625" by Simon Brown available at https://www.flickr.com/photos/stonemasonry/5977077063 under a Creative Commons Attribution 2.0. Full terms at https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0/CC_Attribution by Simon Brown

Head to the Walk in Mine which takes you on an underground trip to experience how it’s like to be a miner. They also have a jewellery showroom and will let you try “mining” for your own opal. Entrance fees are $20 for adults, $8 for children aged six to 16 (under six year olds are free) and $50 for family (two adults plus any number of children).

You can also take part of the Big Opal Underground Mine Tour, which offers the same activities at $15 for adults and $5 for children. Shop for more opal merchandise and souvenirs in the town’s popular stores: Lost Sea Opals, Australian Opal Centre, Opal Bin and & Down to Earth Opals.

Explore Prehistoric Museums And Tunnels Of Statues

For your third day in Lightning Ridge, explore the Australia Open Centre where they showcase life-like dinosaurs and opalised fossils from the prehistoric era. Entrance fee is free.

If you’re into art, visit the Chambers of Black Hand featuring the carvings of Ron Canlin. His artworks, which are carved in the walls of an opal mine, range from a pondering Nostradamus to Adam and Atlas holding the entrance of the mine. It now has more than 500 carvings and paintings. Entrance fee is at $35 for adults and $10 for children.

Also, drop by John Murray Art Gallery which houses the works of one of Australia’s leading outback artists. The gallery has Murray’s small and large paintings which the public can view on a relaxed and friendly setting.

Dive Into The Waters Of Lightning Ridge

Lightning Ridge offers more than just opals and mining. The region has places where you can relax and get fit. Up for a swim on your last day? Go to the 5-star Olympic Pool and Water Theme Park which operates during the summer months. Soak away the aches of travel by visiting the Artesian Bore Baths. Entrance to the baths is absolutely free.

For souvenirs, you can get great deals from shops around Lightning Ridge like Opal Cave, which has the town’s largest showroom and Absolute Opals and Gems, one of the pioneers of gemstones trade in the region.

To head back to Sydney, you can just take the same route. Though there are alternate routes, the one we wrote here is the shortest course you can take.

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Do you know of any other interesting place to visit in Lightning Ridge? Tell us by posting a comment below!