Camper Trailer Australia - - BUDGET TOURING -

A lit­tle fore­thought de­liv­ers bud­get sav­ings in the bag, says Emma Ryan.


“Cook your first few nights’ meals be­fore you leave home, or cook dou­ble if you’re on the road long-term. Then freeze the ap­pro­pri­ate num­ber of por­tions, and pop them in the camper fridge the day of de­par­ture. They’ll stay mostly frozen in there and you can grab them out an hour or two be­fore din­ner time to de­frost prop­erly. Stews, casseroles, sa­tays and stir-fry work well, as these can be re­heated in one pot. This al­lows you to use the con­tents of your home pantry which saves you buy­ing ba­sics like herbs, spices, flour and rice on the road, and re­duces food wastage as it is por­tion con­trolled. It’ll also save you time, wa­ter and stress.”


“If your main mo­ti­va­tion for caravan park stays is the shower block, come up with a camp shower so­lu­tion of your own. If your camper doesn’t have an on-board shower, in­vest in an Aquacube or, my per­sonal favourite, a trusty $15 camp shower bag that can be warmed in the sun in the boot of the car while you’re driv­ing to camp. That sure beats $50/night fees for the plea­sure of a com­mu­nal shower block! I’ve had mine for in ex­cess of five years and I love it.”


“I know what you’re think­ing: bor­ing! But the truth is stock­ing the car with healthy, low GI snacks means you and the fam­ily will stay fuller for longer, sav­ing you money on ex­pen­sive junk food from the servo. Make a big scrog­gin mix of nuts, seeds and dried fruit be­fore you go (add a few treats like dried cran­ber­ries and choco­late buds to keep the kids in­ter­ested), divvy it out into zip-lock bags (one per per­son) and watch as once sceptical mouths graze with rel­ish. It’s de­li­cious and will keep crav­ings at bay.”

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