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Top caravanning hacks you shouldn’t leave the house without

Caravanning can be one of life’s great pleasures – but it’s not without its pitfalls and now the Camping & Caravanning Club has drawn up a list of some top hacks to make a caravan holiday easier and more enjoyable.

1. Invest in extending towing mirrors. Go big or go home! It’s pretty much a given that no-one has ever wished they’d bought smaller extending mirrors. Invest in a decent set to see you through. They’ll be a worthwhile investment.

2. Don’t rely on man-power. Picking up a decent adaptor for a hand-drill means you avoid the hard labour (and potential back injury) that goes with using a hand lever to lower the van legs.

3. Go old school and bring a map. Technology is great – until you get stuck in a country lane near Aberystwyth with a two-mile journey to reverse. Make it an adventure in the best possible way by planning your journey and packing a map – ensuring that the sat nav doesn’t ruin your plans.

4. Awning erection survival kit. No matter how many times you do it, putting up the awning can be stressful. Head this off by packing a survival kit to occupy the kids – a large picnic and new colouring books often buy you some quiet time to set up.

5. Porch light. Don’t let the longer summer evenings lull you into a false sense of security. Remember to pack a light for the awning so that when (finally) the kids are tucked up in bed you can enjoy card games into the evening without worrying about making too much noise.

6. Trug basket. Muddy shoes + enclosed space = hours of cleaning up after yourself. Invest in a large enough basket to chuck all outdoor shoes into at the door and help maintain your high standards.

7. The ‘know before you tow’ check. Towing rules depend on when the driver passed his or her driving test. If you’re planning on taking a trailer or caravan on holiday, you can find the latest advice on the DVLA website on what you can tow as well as guidance on towing safely and legally.

8. Laptop with pre-loaded films. For those rainy day emergencies, and handy for the child or adult in your life who needs distracting. Don’t forget the charger and headphones!

9. Hot water bottle. Fill it with cold water and freeze it. This will turn any sealed box lined with tinfoil into a cool box.

10. A flat hot plate will cook most things. Indoor or outdoor cooking is much easier with one of these electrical essentials. Most meals can be cooked on it, it’s easy to clean and it doesn’t take up much space.

11. Baby wipes. They’re not just for babies. These pocket-sized miracles will mop up spills, clean windscreens, remove oil from hands, clean shoes…. a ‘must’ for life, not just for caravanning!

“Fitting additional towing mirrors will help you see behind your caravan, and if you’re new to caravanning check that your driving licence covers the car and caravan combination you plan to tow,” Ian Hewlett, Technical Manager of the Camping & Caravanning Club, said. “Caravanning is a perfectly safe and enjoyable pastime, and we at the Club are committed to helping ensure caravanners feel confident and relaxed on their way to their holiday destination.”