Half-term is on the way, and many Brits may be planning a quick getaway with the caravan or trailer. Once your caravan insurance is sorted, it’s time to think about what to take on the road with you. So here are seven magnificent gadgets not to forget on your next caravan trip.
The motor mover
I’ve thankfully never tried parking a caravan, but I’m told that it’s not the easiest job in the world, especially if you’re going into a pretty tight space. As a result, the Reich Move Control is a gadget that comes highly recommended, allowing you to move the caravan or trailer safely and easily by remote control.
The solar charger
For some people it’s almost impossible to go a day without using some form of technology. Fortunately, the magic of renewable energy can now satisfy that need – this Universal Solar Charger tops up the battery on your phone, laptop or anything else that can charge from a USB port, and all you need to do is stick it in the sunlight.
OK, so it’s probably not the most heavyweight piece of kit, but this cutesy Stanley Keyring Tripod Torch is cheap, portable and could just prove to be a life-saver should the power go in the middle of the night.
The iPod dock
Music is obviously a must on any caravan trip, whether it’s to drown out the neighbours’ arguments over Monopoly or to help you wind down and forget about life back home. Good news, then, that you can now grab hold of a great all-round iPod dock, like this one from Logic3, for as little as £50.
The mobile phone
Not particularly exciting as gadgets go, but, according to a recent survey by the caravan club, it’s the thing caravanners could least cope without. If you’re on the lookout, try our new mobile phone comparison service to pick through thousands of handset deals.
The portable barbeque
This is smart. No fiddling around with a tiny disposable barbeque, no singe-marks on the grass, and, most-importantly, no waste. It even has handles, making it in fact easier to carry around than a laptop.
The halogen oven
Weather not quite good enough for a barbie? If your cooker’s out, or you just need a little extra to get the dinner finished, you can do worse than to get hold of this JML table-top halogen oven. Available from Tesco at a few pennies short of £60, it can be used to quickly prepare roasts, stews, curries and plenty more, and even saves money on electricity. In fact, you might end up just using it at home anyway.