5 Campervan Pet Holiday Hacks

Dog owners have one major concern when planning a holiday: “Should we bring the pets or not?” This question gets asked because one, not all tourist spots in Australia and New Zealand allow pets in the premises. Two, dog owners on a camper van hired for a weekend with family and friends come with challenges, mostly with keeping pets healthy and happy throughout the trip.

Should you decide to bring your furbaby with you on a hired campervan on a holiday in Oz or NZ – and we really don’t see why you won’t -We have prepared a list of hacks for pet owners that hopefully can help you enjoy that much needed holiday with your four-legged baby.

 

Fleas off, please

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Dog owners should pay a visit to the local vet and have their pet checked before letting them inside the vehicle.

If your dog has ticks and fleas, don’t bring them on the trip and leave them under the care of a vet while you’re on a holiday. Bringing a dog with fleas on a long road trip can spell a lot of problems, chief among them fleas and ticks falling from your pet’s fur and getting in every nook and cranny of your hired campervan.

That’s why it is best to have your pets dewormed and checked for other diseases before that trip around Oz or NZ in a campervan. Remember, a healthy pet makes for a happy owner.

 

Beddings for your buddy

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When you’ve had your pet checked for ticks and fleas, as well as worms and diseases, you might want to check-out a sturdy collapsible cage for your pet. This makes it easier to transport your pet or keep them secure while you’re on the road.

Add to that, your pet would have their own place for the night instead of sleeping on the floor or outside the campervan. A collapsible bedding for your pet adds extra protection while you are travelling. Dogs can be prone to carsickness and if they are not kept on a stable platform.

 

A Feast for Pets

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Okay, so it doesn’t necessarily have to be a feast. Just don’t forget to bring pet food when you bring your dog with you. Your pet would be fine eating the same hearty meals you prepared for your holiday. However, it would be great if you bring pet food that would suit their dietary needs.

Add to that, bringing pet food saves time. Just open up the can or bag and pour in your dog’s food and let them have a filling meal without waiting for you to finish your dinner before they can have theirs. Aside from feeding them well, you must make sure your pets are well hydrated throughout the trip.


Bring separate bowls for food and water to keep your pets in tip-top shape while you’re on a campervan holiday to any of the popular destinations in Oz or NZ. Having separate bowls for food and water ensures your dogs have enough water even if they are in the middle of their meals. Just remember to keep the water bowl filled so your dog can 
have a drink anytime.

 

Locate with Dog Tags

When you go on a campervan holiday, your dog may wander off. This is normal for pets love to explore and, well, mark their territory. That’s why it’s always great to have a dog tag (with your name and contact number printed clearly) safely clipped on your dog’s collar, so your pet can be returned to you if they go missing.

 

Pet-friendly destinations

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Finally, don’t forget to plan your destinations! Choose pet-friendly holiday routes. Luckily, most of the pet-friendly destinations are just along the Great Ocean Road which offers an array of holiday destinations for tourists that would like to bring their pets with them.

These destinations have amenities specifically designed for your little loves. You can take your dogs for a walk in the park and meet other dog owners and their pets. There are even areas where your dogs can do their “business” without feeling guilty about it!

Your dogs are considered part of the family. So, treat them with all the love and care that you would to a family member. They are loyal friends that you can always trust whether it be for security purposes or as a companion to your campervan holidays in Oz or NZ.

Have you ever travelled with your pets? We’d love to hear your story! Connect with us on Facebook and Twitter and be part of a community of campervan enthusiasts in Australia and across the globe.

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.

Australia in a Campervan – Our Guide to Cruising South Australia

Obviously, Australia can’t be seen in one day. Planning a trip through Australia means making a lot of choices. No need to panic, we can help you with making these choices and get you familiarised with the world Down Under.

In this blog post we’ve included some ideas for a round trip through South Australia. Drive your campervan along the beautiful wine valleys up to Mount Gambier.

Barossa Valley

Wine Tasting
A superb place to wake up in your own motorhome and enjoy Port Augusta to the fullest is Hancock Lookout. From here, you will start your self-drive holiday with panoramic scenic views that you will find driving towards the Barossa Valley.

The Barossa Wine Valley, with Jacobs Creek, is one of the most famous wine growing regions in Australia. The vineyards are extensive, so make sure you stop by to taste a couple of these delicious free wines, just to make sure you have tasted the best ones!

Biking and cruising
Once you have found your favourite wine it’s time to hit the road and drive further through the Adelaide Hills, which is also a popular bike route. It’s an ideal setting to imagine yourself in a dream world where you’re cruising a classic convertible, wearing outsized sunglasses. But a campervan will do just fine to soak up the beautiful views of the forested slopes and magnificent scenery here.

Adelaide

City rush and city hiking
And all of sudden, deep in the valley, there’s Adelaide. With a million residents it’s quite a busy city, but with its relaxing parks it still offers a lot of green space. If you want to get away from the city rush, Glenelg is a charming coastal township, a suburb of Adelaide set on the ocean. Here you can take a walk along the beach, sink in the soft sand and contemplate eternity.

Fleurieu

Penguins at Granite Island
From Adelaide drive your campervan further south towards Fleurieu Peninsula and stop at Waitpinga beach, the aboriginal name for Windy Beach¸ and yes as the name suggests, it’s quite windy here. Next stop: Victor Harbor, known for Granite Island, this island was once part of the mainland but is now connected with a causeway. You can cross the causeway on foot or a by a horse-pulled tram. At dawn you can indulge in some penguins spotting at Granite Island.

Mount Gambier
The last stop will be Mount Gambier, but first visit Umpherston sinkhole, once a cave formed through dissolution of the limestone. The sinkhole is shaped as a hole since the top of the camber collapsed downwards. Now it is an ideal location for a botanic garden. Mount Gambier is known for its Blue Lake, a lake formed by a volcanic crater. Every year in November, the lake changes from its grey colour to a clear blue tint for a couple of days. Later during the day check out Caves Gardens, a waterfall right in the centre that falls down into the underground limestone caves.

Convinced? Now book your self-drive holiday yourself!

Travelling in a Campervan with Young Children

Many people like the idea of hiring a motorhome but are unsure about travelling with young children and babies.

Holidaying with kids is a rewarding experience but can be challenging at times! So we’ve put together some helpful information which will help with your vacation planning and ensure that everyone enjoys their time on the road. This information is specifically aimed at travellers with children under 7 years of age but can be applied to all ages.

Many people like the idea of hiring a motorhome but are unsure about travelling with young children and babies. Holidaying with kids is a rewarding experience but can be challenging at times! So we’ve put together some helpful information which will help with your vacation planning and ensure that everyone enjoys their time on the road.

This information is specifically aimed at travellers with children under 7 years of age but can be applied to all ages. To start with, every person travelling in a campervan needs their old seat, whether they are 6 months old or 60. Children 7 years and under also need to be in proper child restraints, as per by the strict road safety laws in Australia and New Zealand. Generally, for children aged 0 to 6 months (on average), they need to be in a rear-facing baby capsule or adjustable baby seat. From 6 months up to 4 years (on average), children can be seated in forward-facing baby seats. Continue reading “Travelling in a Campervan with Young Children”