Caravanning in your own backyard

Change of scenery is always a healthy thing, even if it’s just stepping out of the house and onto the front lawn or in the backyard. But with more COVID-19 variants popping up and the pandemic still raging, our options for getting out and moving around are quite limited.

So how can you make the most out of the time you spend outdoors?

For starters, you can try out caravanning. Just because you can’t travel across state lines, doesn’t mean you can’t have a good time out in places closer to you.

This is where a caravan comes in handy.

Why caravanning is a good option

Whether it’s somewhere public like a campsite, or some place a little more private like a friend’s farm, there’s always going to be a few unknowns.

Having a caravan enables you to enjoy your surroundings, and still be able to retreat to your own boundaries when need be. For example, you can go for a nature walk, then get back in your caravan for a quick call to check on a few things back home or at work.

If it gets too sunny or rainy in certain areas, the caravan will also make for good shelter.

While some may associate caravans with leisure only, they can also be very useful for outdoor work like nature photography or shooting scenes for a short film, a caravan can be helpful.

Not only will you have space to store your valuable equipment but you can also do a few tasks like charging, copying and editing from your caravan.

Another key feature of caravans is the fact that they blend domestic life with on-the-go life.

You can drive across large swaths of land, see animals in parks, lakes, rivers, mountains and more, and stop when you need to. You don’t have to worry about dealing with hotels/motels or transportation/tour companies whose standards you’re not sure of.

A caravan provides space to prepare a few meals and so if you are near a spot with quail, duck and pheasants, with your license and permits, you can enjoy something on your plate.

What makes a good caravan?

Firstly, a good caravan should be lightweight. Remember that you’re going to be hooking it up to the back of your car so you want something that will be easy to tow.

But while weight is important, you should also go for one that’s sturdy especially if you’re going to tow it across rough terrain. Fiberglas parts never hurt.

A caravan should be spacious. Of course this depends on what you’re going to use it for.

However, it’s good to have one designed in a manner that allows you to stand up and walk through it smoothly, and sit comfortably for a conversation with a few people.

Caravans come in various types depending on your space demands.

You can go for a small caravan, something with a toilet and shower, a compact caravan if you won’t be many people in it, or even a tiny caravan for solo activities.

Fixtures and fittings are also some nice-to-haves. For instance, if your caravan has a kitchen, it’s good to have somewhere to put a fire extinguisher and first aid kit too.

You should also think about steps and ramps, and a spot to put a bicycle or spare tire.

Lastly, always examine the body of the caravan.

You want to make sure that there’s no room for water to leak and cause dampness, or that any detachable parts are tightly fastened and can withstand some shock.

If you’re looking to get into caravanning but don’t know where to start, you can always request Carlight for a quotation or brochure, and even book a viewing for more information.

Gerald Ainomugisha is a freelance Content Solutions Provider (CSP) offering both content and copy writing services for businesses of all kinds, especially in the niches of management, marketing and technology.