Consider taking these items with you – it could make your caravanning experience a much more pleasant business…

1 A roofbox is a great way to transfer some of the weight out of the caravan and onto the tow car, helping you to comply with the 85% safety guidance. They are available from many outdoor gear suppliers, including Thule and Halfords. Once at your destination, they’re great for transporting wet and sandy swimming gear, towels, inflatables, bodyboards and so on.

2 Always carry a selection of spare fuses in your caravan, because blown fuses are very common. UK-spec fuses are not easy to obtain abroad or in rural Britain.

3 Take some of the legwork out of caravan breaks by booking a fully serviced pitch, and invest in a Truma Ultraflow or Whale Aquasource, which pipe water straight from the pitch tap into your tourer. No more filling a water carrier twice a day. They cost around £70.

4 Always pack a jack for your car and caravan, and always jack the van on its axle, not a chassis member. Keep the caravan hitched up to the car, and chock the opposite caravan wheel. Finally, never consider raising the caravan using its corner steadies.

5 It’s wise to carry a basic toolkit. Essentials are screwdrivers (flat and Phillips), pliers, Stanley knife and an adjustable spanner.

6 It can also be handy to pack a range of spanners and/or a socket set, a file and a junior hacksaw. Gaffer tape and WD-40 will also often come in useful.

Are you looking for more great driving advice and tips? Then head to our Back to Basics: Driving category, where we’re giving you the information you need to tow your caravan with confidence.

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