Thank you to www.big4.com.au for this blog about caravan storage. We love all of these tips and had to pass it on!!
A caravan is your home away from home, which means when you go on holidays it’s tempting to load it with everything but the kitchen sink (luckily, many caravans are equipped with a kitchen sink). And if you’re packing at the last minute, there’s every chance the caravan will be even more cluttered.
If your caravan is going to be subject to more cramming than a university student, you need to think about ways to maximise your space and minimise the clutter. Actually, you don’t have to think about it at all, because we’ve compiled a bunch of cheap and easy caravan storage tips and space-saving solutions just for you. In fact, by the time you finish reading this, you’ll have so much free space inside your van you could swing a cat (of course, we strongly advise against testing out that theory).
It’s time to give your caravan some space – not only for when you’re on the road but also for when you’re at your next BIG4 destination. Here are our top caravan storage tips to take note of before your next road trip.
1. Invest in collapsible products
Get your mitts on collapsible, fold out, or pop-up products, sometimes for the price of a takeaway latte. Items such as tabletop ironing boards, collapsible or
pop-up laundry hampers, clotheshorses, and the like are great space-saving solutions for your caravan. Furthermore, drawer dividers and utensil trays are
other handy products that will save you clutter.
2. Buy a bunch of hooks
Granted, your family might think you’ve turned into a pirate but if you’re armed with a bunch of hooks you are likely to discover room you didn’t know your van had. Hanging items from hooks, such as cooking utensils and keys, is not only great for saving space in your caravan but it’s a practical addition that allows you to easily locate items with ease. Alternatively, clips or suction caps are just as useful.
3. Invest in a hanging shoe rack
Take tip number two a step further and purchase a hanging shoe rack. As far as space-saving ideas go, this one falls into the so-simple-yet-so-effective category. Hanging shoe racks are ideal for storing small items such as cleaning supplies, toiletries, and food items. Once again, this solution not only saves you space but ensures easy access to these products when you need to use them. Hanging baskets and mini hammocks – for storing such things as fruit and vegetables – are also perfect for minimising clutter.
4. Use stackable storage tubs
These things are more versatile than you might give them credit for. Stackable storage tubs aren’t discriminatory – they’ll accommodate any item you can imagine, from clothing to children’s toys. Knowing your van’s dimensions helps for making the most of this handy hint, as you can choose a tub that is a snug fit for a particular section of your van.
5. Invest in magnetic strips
Where are the scissors when you need them? On the wall. That’s right – they’re sticking really close to the wall-mounted magnet strips you have in your caravan. In addition to allowing you to know the whereabouts of these objects with the utmost of ease, magnetic strips are also great for keeping knives in a secure location.
6. Purchase nesting bowls and measuring spoons
Another simple yet effective trick – this one will save you cupboard space – is purchasing ‘nesting’ bowls and measuring spoons. They not only prevent you unnecessarily wasting space but they are convenient items to locate when it comes to cooking or baking.
7. Don’t underestimate ceiling space
The ceiling of your caravan is a vital tool in providing protection from the cold, rain, and drop bears. However, it’s about time it stepped up and had more than just one purpose. Use your imagination (or simply keep reading) and you’ll discover there’s plenty of uses for the trusty ceiling. Use it to hang shelves or even wardrobes (hanging wardrobes have to be one of the most inventive space-saving solutions going around). You can also attach brackets to ceilings to hang items such as brooms. Genius.
8. Think about unused areas
Following the above tip, it really pays to use your imagination. Take a look around your van and you’ll discover there is abundant space just begging to be filled up with essential items. If you didn’t already know, underneath the bed is a great place to store items, even if it is an area often reserved for monsters.
9. Bring an annex
Without wanting to sound like an ad for a plastic surgery company, this tip won’t help you on the inside, but it will help you on the outside. A caravan annex is ideal for creating more space at your BIG4 campsite and can be used to shield the sun, wind, or rain.
10. Avoid over-packing
If real estate is still at a premium after all these tips, you can always fall back on a guaranteed hint that will help you to save space: avoid the tendency to over-pack. Think about what is really required for the holiday. In short, prepare a constructive list rather than reading straight from the Armageddon survival kit handbook.