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.

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The Top End Dream Road Trip in a 4WD Campervan from Salamanda

For many it’s the ultimate boy’s dream: a road trip along the north-eastern coast of Australia – the Broome – Darwin Road trip. A trip of about 3,000 kilometers can be fitted into about 3 weeks. A 4WD campervan is a must-have as half of the trip will be off-road. You can sleep on the roof of the car or in the secure cabin, depending on the type of 4WD campervan you hire.

Salamanda Travel offers a range of 4WD campervans for hire, including the Apollo Trailfinder Camper, the Apollo Adventure Camper, and the Cheapa 4WD.

On your road trip, you will be cooking meals over a campfire, invoking the finest feeling of freedom. This road trip is designed as a real-life travel adventure; along the way you will spot crocodiles, bats, and heaps of other wildlife as well as some amazing but also isolated country.Adventure Camper Lifestyle4WD

Once upon a time, the north of Western Australia was the isolated domain of the Japanese Pearl Divers. Nowadays it is truly a paradise!

Broome

When you talk about the sunset in Broome, you are talking about the Sunset Bar & Grill, overlooking Cable Beach and the Indian Ocean. For most people, Broome is the earthly paradise; palm trees, golden beaches, the bright sunshine and the smell of the lovely frangipani. But remember, your Broome experience is not complete until you’ve ridden a camel along the beach.

Broome is a sunny and sparkling city and it is more akin a to an island resort than a bustling hub. Isolated and surrounded by wilderness, they have a so called ‘mañana-mañana’ & ‘No worries, mate!’ attitude. A few years ago tourism in Broome started to increase. Before that, the main earnings came from the outstanding pearls. Diving for pearls started in the second half of the 19th century. The divers were mainly Japanese and it was a risky job. When you visit the cemetery you will find proof, because most of the tombstones are in Japanese lettering.

Wilderness Camp Kooljaman

Camp Kooljaman is located on the tip of Dampier Peninsula. Kooljaman is a unique wilderness style luxury camp owned by an Aboriginal community. You can try mud crabbing, snorkelling, boat trips, bush tucker tours, spectacular walks, whale spotting and more. The aboriginals love to talk about their culture and they invite guests to explore the area together with them.

Malcolm Douglas Wildlife Park

When you think of Australia, you think of kangaroos. Did you know that there are more kangaroos and wallabies living in Australia than people? It’s sometimes difficult to spot them in the wild but you should not return home until you have seen kangaroos at least once. That is where the Malcolm Douglas Wildlife Park, just outside Broome comes in. Considered one of the best wildlife parks in the world, you can’t compare this Park with a Zoo; it’s a patch of fenced wilderness. You’ll be grateful the fences are there, because the park has around 7,000 crocodiles that can emerge from under the duckweed – and they are quick! Make sure you don’t miss the daily feeding tour, because this showcases some of the largest crocodiles on display in Australia.

Windjana Gorge National Park

Windjana Gorge National Park is part of a 375 million-year-old Devonian reef system and is a well known and much visited national park in the Kimberley. The Gorge is one of the Kimberley’s most stunning gorges with water-streaked walls that rise to a height of 100m. Its a great place to spot fruit bats, freshwater crocodiles and bird life. At Tunnel Creek, which flows through a waterworn tunnel beneath the limestone of the Napier Range, you can walk 750m through the cave to the other side of Napier Range. Don’t forget to make a big splash in the lake of Bell gorge. With great scenery, a waterfall and a beautiful swimming hole, it’s breathtaking. Apollo-Trailfinder-4wd-External-Photo-3-11072013114021-lg

Gibb River Road

The Gibb River Road takes you through the heart of one of Australia’s last wilderness frontiers. Drive the road and spot the age old rock formations, spectacular ranges, and magnificent rivers, vast savannahs of bushland, steep cliff faces, and delightful gorges forged over millions of years by the power of nature.

El Questro Wilderness Park

El Questro Wilderness Park is one of the last true frontiers, and definitely a place to stop during your road-trip. Its landscape offers outstanding diversity; it is a unique place, where you’ll feel the sense of adventure at every turn. Go barramundi fishing, set out on a horse trek, or explore inaccessible areas by helicopter.

Katherine Region

The star attraction of Katherine is the famous Nitmiluk (Katherine Gorge), definitely a must-see. They offer the chance to cruise, canoe, walk, fly or swim around the most significant parts of the Katherine gorge area. Next to this, Katherine and its surrounds include great fishing, hidden natural wonders and a rich indigenous and pioneering history.

Darwin

Discover Darwin, the relaxed, tropical capital of the Northern Territory. Visit one of the Aboriginal art galleries and cruise past crocodiles on the Adelaide River. Drink an Australian beer and take time to relax; then say “cheers” that your ultimate boy’s dream has come true.

Additional information

Travel in the dry season, which is from May to October, the easiest and most comfortable time to do the Top-End road trip. The distances are huge, but the tarmac roads are good, straight and generally empty and even the unsealed roads are well maintained. Make sure you always have enough water; the temperatures in Australia can get very high, and dehydration is a risk. Bring sunscreen, a hat and wear long sleeves. Wear comfortable footwear when undertaking activities during your road trip. Request an extra spare tyre and hire a satellite phone when you hire your campervan.

Sunset is early and night falls quickly in the Top End, so make sure you arrive at your destination in the daylight. Last but not least; watch out for the wildlife; there could be animals on the road and many Australian native wildlife is nocturnal.

New Zealand in a Campervan – A Snow Fields Road Trip

Been bitten by the snow bug and the travel bug at the same time? Then you should definitely visit the beautiful snow fields of New Zealand in wintertime. You can travel around New Zealand and try out the different ski areas as well.Apollo Euro Tourer

The south island of New Zealand offers lots of stunning areas to discover. Hire a motorhome from Salamanda Travel so you can enjoy your own outdoor adventure to the max. The greatest thing about renting a motorhome is that you and your fellow travellers are independent and can decide for yourselves where and when you’ll go. You’ll be free as a bird, you can stay flexible and decide to stay at one of the snowfields a bit longer than you planned. But we don’t recommend staying in one place for the whole trip, because there is lots to discover in New Zealand.

If you are able to head to New Zealand right now and if you are a massive snowfield lover, we recommend hiring a motorhome and doing a round trip through the south island. Christchurch is a good location to start and end your trip. Not just because of the international airport, but you can start your trip right away. Pick up your motorhome  and drive directly to the “Porters ski field”, and within two hours you will be standing on one of New Zealand’s magnificent snowfields, where beginners can join a class and the skilled discover the right terrain for them.

The second stop should be the Franz Josef Glacier, where you can discover Heli-hiking. Yes, it is exactly what you think. First you will fly in the helicopter to the Glacier with the finest panoramic view and then your guide and your group will hike amongst the ice caves and the seracs while be told all about the astonishing glacier – an experience you will never forget.

Travel along to Mount Cook, which is New Zealand’s highest mountain at 3.724 meters. Mount Cook will take your breath away; it’s the home of the kiwi adventures. The greatest thing about the Mount Cook area is that there are lots of different activities; go on a 4WD Argo Adventure, take a dip into one of the hot Tekapo Spings Pools  or take a tour and visit the amazing Tasman Glacier.

Drive towards Wanaka, where you must book one of the ‘Heli-Skiing’ tours. Again, yes it is exactly what you think. First you will fly in a helicopter to the mountain, take a deep breath and ski or board down the untouched powder-snow. It’s the ultimate snow adventure for both skiers and snowboarders.

When you love adventure, Queenstown is definitely not a city you can skip. There are tons of activities to  participate in, especially if you are an adrenaline junkie.  This town offers different bungee jumps, sky swings, jet boat rides, sky diving, paragliding, parasailing and many more activities. Next to this, Queenstown offers four excellent snowfields within easy reach of the town during winter.

After Queenstown it will be time to return to Christchurch, but not before you’ve stoped in Timaru. Timaru is the second largest city in Canterbury, with everything you need for a pleasant stopover. Here you can capture the spirit of the region, which means tasting the local flavours when you join a South Canterbury Food & Wine Trail, the perfect ending to a holiday you will never forget!