Essential Documents and Navigation Tools
Heading out on a campervan adventure is thrilling, but a smooth journey requires a bit of preparation. The first and foremost essential on your checklist should be the necessary paperwork. Always ensure you have your driver’s licence, vehicle registration, and insurance documents handy. In the case of international travellers, don’t forget your passport, and do check if you require an International Driving Permit to drive in New Zealand.
It’s also a good idea to have a hard copy of your campervan rental agreement. Remember, being well-prepared with all necessary documents can save a lot of time and hassle during your journey.
Moving onto navigation, even though we live in an era of GPS systems and mobile mapping applications, the charm and reliability of a physical map and a compass are undeniable. They serve as invaluable tools when exploring off-the-beaten-track areas where digital signals might be sketchy. Moreover, plotting your route on a physical map can add a real sense of adventure to your journey, making it a much more personal experience.
Kitchen and Cooking Essentials
One of the biggest perks of a campervan holiday is the flexibility of having your kitchen with you. You can whip up a meal or brew a cup of coffee whenever you fancy, all against the backdrop of stunning landscapes. However, having a functional and efficient campervan kitchen requires a bit of pre-planning.
Luckily we have done this for you and equip your kitchen with the basic cooking essentials. This includes pots, pans, cooking utensils, cutlery, plates, cups, and a kettle. We’ve considered the number of people possibly travelling in each model and planned accordingly. We’ve even remembered essentials like a can opener, sharp knife, and cutting board.
Keeping your kitchen stocked is equally important. Plan your meals in advance and make a grocery list of items you will need. Staple foods like rice, pasta, canned goods, tea, coffee, and snacks are good to have on board. Although our starter pack includes dish washing liquid and tea towels remember to include cleaning supplies like disinfectant and laundry powder, kitchen towels, and garbage bags to maintain cleanliness. Be mindful of storage and try to minimise waste. It’s all part of respecting the beautiful environment you’re exploring.
Caring for Your Hired Campervan
Hiring a campervan means your vehicle is more than just transport – it becomes your home on wheels. While our dedicated team at Pacific Horizon ensures that every campervan is in top condition before it sets off, as a traveller, you can contribute to maintaining the vehicle’s excellent condition during your journey.
While Pacific Horizon takes care of the maintenance and mechanical checks, we encourage our clients to treat the campervan with the same care they would in their own home. A quick daily tidy-up, for example, not only makes your journey more enjoyable but also prevents any accidental damage inside the vehicle.
Before setting off each day, a quick check to ensure that all items, especially in the kitchen area, are securely stored can prevent potential damage while driving. Also, check that all doors, including cupboards and the refrigerator, are correctly closed.
We equip our campervans with outdoor items like foldable tables and chairs for your convenience, and an awning for shade. When using these, we request our clients to store them safely before starting the vehicle, ensuring nothing is left behind at your campsite.
Remember, caring for your hired campervan is all about respecting the vehicle and treating it as your home away from home. By doing so, you can ensure a smooth journey, leaving you free to make the most of your New Zealand adventure.
Comfort and Entertainment Essentials
Ensuring comfort on the road goes a long way in enhancing your campervan experience. Start with your bedding – ensure you have comfortable pillows, warm blankets, and a good quality sleeping bag for each person. Don’t forget to pack your favourite pyjamas for those cooler nights!
Clothing should be versatile and suitable for various weather conditions. New Zealand’s weather can be quite changeable, so it’s advisable to have a mix of light and warm clothing, along with waterproof gear. Pack enough clothing but remember that storage space can be limited, so try to stick to essentials and consider clothes that can be layered.
When it comes to entertainment, the options are endless. Books, playing cards, board games, or even a portable music player can add a lot of fun to your downtime. And for those who prefer digital entertainment, an iPad or a Kindle loaded with your favourite ebooks, movies, or music can be a great companion for those quiet evenings in your motorhome.
Health, Safety, and Hygiene Essentials
Safety is paramount when you’re on the road. Ensure your campervan is equipped with a basic first aid kit. This should include bandages, antiseptic wipes, tweezers, medical tape, and a range of over-the-counter medicines for common ailments like headaches, colds, allergies, and stomach upsets. If anyone in your group has specific medical needs, don’t forget to pack their prescriptions.
Hygiene is another important aspect to consider. Pack essentials like toothbrushes, toothpaste, biodegradable soap, shampoo, toilet rolls, and hand sanitiser. A quick-dry towel is a good idea as it takes less space and dries quickly. Remember, maintaining good hygiene not only keeps you comfortable but also ensures the campervan stays clean and pleasant.
Last but not least, always remember to pack your sunblock, insect repellent, and any other personal items that you’ll need. Keeping these items on your checklist will ensure that your campervan journey in New Zealand is not only memorable but comfortable, safe, and absolutely enjoyable.