Before You Go

The checklist items listed below are only suggestions and can be altered to suit individual requirements.


  • Fuel tank(s) full and spare fuel if travelling long distances.
  • Oil level - engine and transmission.
  • Coolant level.
  • Condition of all hoses.
  • Fan belt tension and condition.
  • Brake fluid level.
  • Tyre pressures.
  • Operation of lights.
  • Mirrors secured and adjusted.
  • Insect screen in front of radiator.

Caravan Interior

  • Cupboards and drawers securely closed.
  • Table secured.
  • Refrigerator - check that the containers with liquids are sealed and lock door.
  • Hatches and windows closed.
  • No loose items in cupboards or on shelves.
  • Fire extinguisher fitted.

Caravan Exterior

1.  Prior to holiday

  • Gas bottle filled and secured.
  • Water tank filled.
  • Brakes checked and adjusted.
  • Wheel bearings adjusted.
  • Spring shackles lubricated (this is easier if van is jacked up to remove load off shackles).
  • Wheel nuts tight.
  • Condition of tyres.

2.  Before moving off

  • Jockey wheel removed or secured.
  • Lights operating correctly.
  • Gas turned off.
  • Tyres inflated correctly.
  • Doors locked and steps raised.
  • Jacks raised or safety stands removed.
  • Wheel chocks removed.
  • Hand brake released.
  • Electrical connection between car and van secured.
  • 240V electrical lead disconnected.
  • Water and/or sullage hose disconnected.
  • Towing equipment correctly fitted.
  • Safety chains secured.


  • Fan belt and radiator hoses.
  • Engine oil.
  • Coolant.
  • Spare wheel and tyre to suit caravan.
  • Tube to suit car and caravan tyre.
  • Insulating tape.
  • Electrical wire.
  • Tow rope.

Tools and Equipment

  • General assortment of hand tools to suit sizes on car and caravan.
  • Tyre levers (2).
  • Wheel brace to suit wheel nuts on car and caravan.
  • Jack to suit car and caravan.
  • Tyre gauge.
  • Wheel chocks.
  • Blocks for placing under corner jacks, stands for wheels for soft ground or unlevel site.

Other Considerations

  • Check the weather forecast for your destination and driving conditions before setting out.
  • Give a friend or family member who's staying home a copy of your itinerary, including a contact phone number and details of where you'll be staying.
  • Learn the basics of First Aid so that you can feel confident in an emergency. The Red Cross offers courses in basic first aid.
  • Learn campfire safety to help you keep the fire in the fire ring and prevent spreading.
  • Respect the rights of other people like yourself enjoying a caravan holiday.

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