Half the fun of going camping or caravanning is heading off on a Day Trip to explore the area around where you are staying. Even when we are at home we will often head off somewhere for the day. I find it much easier to just leave what I will need packed in the car and ready to go. That way when we are heading off somewhere all I have to worry about is organising food for the day.
These are my Top 5 Day Trip Essentials –
1. SMALL PICNIC BAG
This contains plates, cups, cutlery, a bread board, salt & pepper, serviettes and an old table cloth which is great for throwing over a picnic table if it looks a bit grubby. I also have some plastic bags in it which are handy for rubbish. But my favourite addition to this bag is a ‘tap head’. It constantly amazes me how many parks and picnic areas we visit that have taps that you can’t turn on.
I know it’s because people that don’t care leave them running or waste the water but sometimes you just need some water to wash your hands, rinse a plate or to give your dog a drink so we carry the ‘tap head’ with us everywhere. If we are likely to be having a BBQ I add in some cooking spray and utensils.
2. FIRST AID KIT
A good First Aid Kit is always a day trip essential. Make sure you restock used items and check items such as saline solution for expiry dates. If you are going bush walking a smaller kit that you can put in a backpack is a handy addition.
3. PERSONAL CARE KIT
For want of a better name this is just a small plastic container that I leave packed in our Drifta Drawers. In it I keep sunscreen, insect repellent, hand sanitiser, toilet paper, toilet wipes and a headlamp. It generally has ‘Panadol’ in it as well. I also use it to store a small pair of binoculars just so as they aren’t floating around. In the drawers with that I also keep a box of tissues.
4. SWIM BAG
In summer I tend to keep a bag handy that already has towels and hats in it and if we are away somewhere swimmers as well. That way if we happen across a spot that we can go for a dip we have everything we need. If we are at home it saves running around trying to find all the beach things and only takes a moment to throw swimmers in.
5. PICNIC RUG
Always a day trip essential in my view. You just never know where you might end up being able to spend a lazy hour enjoying the sun or a great view somewhere. A picnic rug can also double as a table cloth if the tables are a bit grubby when you stop for lunch.
All these things pack neatly into our Drifta Drawers. After using them they go straight back into the car so they are there for the next trip.