There is no safer way to travel this year than in your own self-sufficient campervan, motorhome or caravan. I don’t know about you, but I am ready to get out of the house and back into nature. Let’s take a look at the advantages of opting to caravan and camp this year in Australia. I have also attached a useful link at the end of this article to a recent post from the Guardian that lists the details of restrictions in each State and Territory.
Self-sufficient means that you can provide for yourself without needing external facilities of a campsite. There are still safety precautions that need to be taken to ensure a stress-free vacation and we think a caravan or campervan is the ideal way to go. You will have a supply of fresh water with you (which you can also heat) and you can catch the greywater (when cooking and showering). You can also use your own toilet.
At many campsites, it is possible to connect to electricity which will be perfectly satisfactory, even though we do not count that under being totally self-sufficient. However, it reduces the risk of engaging with others as each designated campsite space has a separate powerpoint so you aren’t in a communal area. A camper or caravan can be self-sufficient with fixed amenities in your camper/caravan that would, therefore, include a power supply when the engine is turned off, either leisure batteries (which can run down quite quickly with a lot of usage) but ideally utilising solar panels. Obviously check this within the features section when considering your ideal camper and also as to what your desired campsite offers.
Mobile or fixed toilet
If you are not equipped with a toilet in your camper or caravan there are a number of different systems on the market that you could use to be self-sufficient. When renting a camper or caravan be sure to check for this amenity before committing to the booking. The most famous is the “Porta Potty”. Other portable toilets are also available from any major camping and outdoors stores such as Anaconda, BCF, Snowy’s and Aussie Disposals. Things you should pay attention to when buying: does the toilet bowl have an indicator of how far it is filled, is there a rinsing system in it and of course the dimensions, so check how much space you have before you buy.
Mobile shower or a shower?
There are many different solar showers that you can fill with water yourself and then warm up by the sun. By pumping it manually, there is pressure behind it and you get a good radius of water. Another option is to attach a shower head to your water supply so you have a real outdoor shower! This is often used by surfers when they want to rinse off the salt water before going back into the camper. Here is an excellent YOUTUBE review of 3 different types of portable showers
Do you have a shower in your camper van? You’re lucky! We probably don’t have to explain to you how a shower works, but you certainly need to find out how the hot water supply works in your camper before you depart. Also, make sure you know in advance if there is a facility on-site where the grey water tank can be emptied.
Mobile shower stall
You can easily buy a shower stall that gives you privacy, perhaps also for the toilet, but check with the campsite before you erect it or buy one to use in places. Many campsites may keep communal wash areas closed so consider how you use the toilet and wash well in advance.
Preparing for your self-sufficient journey
Before you hit the road it is important to see what is available at the campsite. Can you empty your greywater and your toilet at the campsite? Are all it’s facilities still open? And can you get clean water at the campsite? Most campsites have now changed the way in which they allow travellers to book, with most moving to mandatory online bookings only, but have increased the time in advance you can secure your space. For specifics, check the conditions of your preferred campsite to avoid any unwanted surprises.
Self-sufficient camper rental
We notice many people are looking for self-sufficient campers and motorhomes to go on holiday later this year. At Camptoo, many self-sufficient campers are available, with a shower and toilet.
Here is an informative article from the Guardian that lays out Australia’s coronavirus lockdown rules and restrictions explained: how far can I travel, and can I have people over? When will campgrounds be open?
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