Camping with Kids

How to Make a Cheap Caravan Out of an Old Delivery Van or Mini Van

Posted by on Jun 12, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on How to Make a Cheap Caravan Out of an Old Delivery Van or Mini Van

If you don’t have enough money to buy a caravan, don’t fret. Instead, consider taking your next journey in a modified van. If you can find a cheap old minivan or delivery van, a few adjustments can easily turn it into a home on wheels. Here’s what you need to do: 1. Insulate your van Whether you are camping in the hot sun or cool nighttime temps, you are likely to be overly hot or too cold in a regular van. However, a bit of insulation can solve this problem. Remove everything from the back of your van. In addition to removing seats, remove carpet and lining until you have revealed the metal sides, floor and ceiling of your van. Then, glue attic insulation over everything and use spray insulation to fill in the gaps. Once the insulation is in place, you can replace the carpeting or simply hang fabric over the walls to hide the insulation. 2. Build a living room and bedroom Find a small loveseat that pulls out into a bed and push it to the back of your van directly behind the driver and passenger seat. This pull-out sofa quickly and easily creates the living room and bedroom of your caravan. 3. Create a kitchen To create a kitchen in your caravan, build small cupboards or cabinets around the sides of your makeshift caravan and keep them narrow enough so that they don’t impede your bed from pulling out. To make a very simple sink, attach an upside down water tank on the side of your van’s walls. This tank should have a valve that releases water. Place a small basin underneath the water tank. You can use an old sink from a charity shop or just a bowl with a hole drilled into the bottom. Have another receptacle underneath the sink for your old water to drain into. Remember to empty this reservoir once in a while and refill up your tank at the same time. For your refrigerator, buy a small dorm room refrigerator and wire it to a recreational battery. 4. Add more power If you want your caravan’s motor to start in the morning, you don’t want to hook your refrigerator or any other devices to the main battery. Instead, you want to have a second recreational battery. Having a recreational battery on your caravan protects your main battery and gives you the power you need for your lights, a fridge and other elements. Once these four steps have been completed, your van is officially a caravan. It is only missing a toilet so plan to squat in the woods or camp at areas that have toilets available. Otherwise, you are ready to hit the road and have fun. For more tips or supplies, contact companies like Carac...

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Hygiene Options for Camping or Sleeping Rough

Posted by on Jun 5, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Hygiene Options for Camping or Sleeping Rough

If you are planning on a holiday camping trip that won’t have regular access to showers and a plumbed bathroom, it is important to consider how you will deal with personal hygiene. While public toilets can be found in most town centres it is less common to find public showers. Here are some of your options. Hygiene wipes Hygiene wipes are relatively versatile in that they can often be used to clean your body as well as for toileting. The wipes are relatively bulk however and can add substantial weight to you pack particularly if you will be away for a long period of time. If you are staying in national parks you will need to carry your soiled wipes with you until you reach a formal disposal site as even the biodegradable wipes do not break down quickly enough to avoid contaminating the delicate ecosystems of native flora and fauna. Camping showers Portable camping showers can be filled from water sources and heat in the sunlight to create a relatively warm shower within a few hours. This is great option if you have access to fresh water and some privacy as it gives a similar feeling to a shower but is lightweight for daily transportation, and can be reused infinitely with limited wear over extended use. You’ll need to carry bar soap or a similar product to get a true clean rather than a rinse. If you use a camping shower you’ll also need to carry a lightweight, quick dry shower towel. Camping showers can also be used to clean the dirt and grime of the rest of your possessions—including the ability to clean undies and socks while away from your home base. Sanitiser ‘wash on the go’ Various alcohol-based lotions are available that evaporate on contact with the skin. These can be useful for killing illness, and odour, causing bacteria as well as reducing the feeling of sweat and dampness. These lotions can often be irritating and drying on open sores so need to be used with care on any open wounds, or against the face or genital region. They also need to be transported with care as they can often leak against clothing. A lot of local army disposal stores such as Centenary Disposals can be a great space to purchased bulk hygiene wipes, camping showers, cleaning lotions and quick dry camping towels for an affordable...

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