The very thought of caravanning through the spectacular landscapes and wilderness of Australia will give you enough excitement to find a new caravan for sale or hook up your existing van and get moving. But hey, there are a few things to check before you actually set out on the crusade including van hygiene.
When it comes to the hygiene part, there are some different considerations you’ll have to think about and perhaps some extra care to be taken on the travel hygiene part.
Hygiene has become the most important concern around the world, not just for caravan enthusiasts, but the greater population also. We need to ensure we’re doing all that we can to stop the spread of germs and maintain a clean, safe environment for not just ourselves, but for our loved ones too.
If you’re going to make the new caravan your home for days or weeks on end, it’s imperative that you keep it clean, tidy and safe.
Caravans have all sorts of nooks and crannies that make it difficult to clean and keep germ free at the best of times. However, with the pandemic at the forefront of all our minds, we needn’t remind you how important it is to keep it spick and span.
Here are some of our top tips on how you can keep your new caravan germ-free and ensure a safe journey.
Cleaning & Disinfecting
- Clean and vacuum both the exterior and interior of your caravan before you set out. Wipe down all surfaces with a disinfectant and make sure it dries properly. Clean all cabinets, wardrobes and other storage units.
- Keep the bathroom and kitchen windows open as much as possible. This will air out your van and prevent moisture build up that can lead to bad smells.
- Disinfect common contact surfaces like the steering wheel, gear stick, door handles, dashboard, buttons and seatbelts.
- Regularly check for signs of leaks, damaged seals or any other minor issues which could allow bacteria and fungus to collect and breed.
- Immediately clean any spillage or water splash in the bathroom or kitchen.
- Use a microfiber cloth, water and a strong cleaning solution to wipe down any smooth surfaces in your caravan. Microfiber is effective in removing bacteria.
- Brush your teeth, take a shower and change clothes daily. Bad breath and body odour can ruin the pleasure of travelling.
- If the water supply is limited, you may wipe your body with a damp towel and air out your dirty laundry when parked.
- Regularly wash your hands. You may use sanitizer or just soap and water. It keeps infectious germs away.
- Do not forget to pack a hygiene kit with personal grooming and cleaning items like hand sanitizer, disinfectant wipes, toothbrush, toothpaste, mouthwash, floss, soap, scrub, shampoo, moisturiser, sunscreen, hairbrush and deodorant .
- You may also keep bug repellents to ensure you don't end up with a family of mosquitos nesting on your table.
Interesting fact alert! A whopping 47% of travellers forget to pack their toiletries, men being the most hasty packers!!
Removing Stray Items & Getting Organised
- If it doesn’t belong in the caravan, it’s best to remove it.
- Items like children’s toys and spare shoes should be removed from the caravan if you don’t need them during the trip.
- Less items in your caravan mean you have a better chance of getting to all those hard places to reach for cleaning and disinfecting.
- Rubbish bags should be sealed and thrown directly into the bin.
- From loose change to pens and phone chargers, make sure everything has a place. Decluttering is the key to keeping it tidy.
A well-maintained and clean caravan will make your travel much more enjoyable and make you want to travel again and again. It's super refreshing to hitch up and get ready for a few days away from work and explore new places. A clean, germ-free caravan makes it much more appealing.
When Avan has a caravan for sale, it means it has already been disinfected, cleaned and made ready for you.
Keeping your caravan germ free comes with maintaining high standards in both cleanliness and personal hygiene. It also keeps you from falling ill and allows you to completely soak in the experience of the adventure.
Stay germ free. Drive safe.