Caravan accessories first-timers should not leave home without

Caravan accessories

By Emma Dodd

When you first head out in your caravan, it’s easy to think that everything is already there, but there’s a number of accessories that will make your life easier.

For example, an awning will give you shade when the sun is shining and protection from the elements when taking off muddy boots and other outdoor equipment.

Some caravans come with a fitted awning, but not all of them, so it’s worth investing in one if it doesn’t come as standard.

Couple your awning up with a windbreak to define the boundary of your pitch, protect your barbecue from going out and keep the breeze off while you’re relaxing.

While there will be places to sit in your caravan, you’ll definitely want to take advantage of the great outdoors, so foldable chairs and tables are a must.

Don’t trip over on your way back to the caravan at night by adding lights to the outside. You could opt for a single bright bulb or an array of pretty fairy lights.

Having a barbecue is one of the best things about staying in a caravan and you can decide to purchase one that plugs into the front of your caravan to be powered off the gas cylinder.

One of the things that is easy to overlook when setting up your caravan is a step, so make sure yours comes with one, or pick a step up before you get to the caravan site.

Pack a basic toolkit to fix any small problems that may arise during your trip. This should contain a screwdriver, rubber-handed mallet and a wrench.

Wheel chocks are another accessory not to leave without, as these seemingly-simple pieces of plastic can make all the difference to your caravan holiday. After all, who wants to spend their whole trip at a bit of an angle?!

A washing line always comes in handy for drying a few clothes or swimming costumes when you get back from the beach.

You wouldn’t want to hang them up inside your van, so stringing them up outside is a good alternative.