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Surfing road trips in a campervan are one of the best ways to find the best surf. Even more appropriate in 2020, Campervans have been deemed one of the best summer holiday options, offering easier isolation while spending time outdoors surrounded by nature.
While living in a campervan you have the capacity to accommodate space for your board, gear, luggage, food and also your friends, there’s simply no better way to stack everything in and hit the road this easy. With accommodation in order, there’s no need to look out for places to crash at or cram into hostels and you can wake up feeling refreshed and relaxed with waves at your doorstep. In this relation, we asked Indie Campers to share their best tips to prepare for a campervan surf trip.
When planning your surfer road trip, it’s important to remember that your van is secondary in the van life. Adventure comes first. Adopt the lifestyle of a van lifer with the van life and make the most of your time on the road by checking with these 11 golden rules for an unforgettable post-lockdown road trip.
1. Plan with flexibility
Research the route you want to take, things to see and where to stay, but keep an open mind as you might drive past many unique places and gems along the way. Pit stops and surf spots along the route on Google Maps.
2. Pack light and smart
Campervan essentials go beyond comfortable clothes and travel documents. With thousands of miles on your route plan, you want to make sure you have everything you need. Having at hand small items like baby wipes, head torch or USB cables can be useful during your trip.
3. Organise your van
It is always easier to live in a confined space if it is well organised, especially if travelling in a group or with kids. Arrange your van to easily access frequently used items like shoes, food, jacket and money. Make sure to know where regularly used items are located to save time and space.
4. Make sure you find your camping spot before dusk
Looking for campsites in the dark or late at night is never a good idea. Make sure you have time to settle down and find a nice camping spot before it’s too late. Research campsites in advance so you have the time to settle down and enjoy dinner with a unique view.
5. Always bring your valuables with you
If you park and leave the campervan to go to the beach or for a walk, bring all valuable things with you and leave nothing visible from the outside.
6. Be sensitive to nature and local communities
Show respect on the road and ensure your presence is positive towards the environment and local communities along the way. Check that your camp spot is in line with local regulations, keep noise to a minimum if you’re camping near other people and always leave your parking spot as it was before your arrival.
7. Make a checklist of things to do before leaving the vehicle
Campervans have many new utilities and tools to keep track of, keep track of the level of gas, water and electricity supply before you settle down. Make a routine of checking close by camping sanitary service points, so you don’t end up without access to water, power, gas or lavatory when you need it the most.
8. Analogue entertainment essentials
Disconnect with the online world, reconnect with nature and your inner self. Bring things to keep you entertained the analogue way: make sure to have a good book, board games or sports equipment with you.
9. Safety backup
Remember a good flashlight and a power bank. You might spend long periods in remote areas, you surely want to have a working phone in case something happens.
10. The ocean’s your oyster
Travel around the coast and observe the ocean change shapes endlessly, picking out the tides and swells for the best waves. Stay when the waves are good or move on to another spot to see if the waves are firing there. When renting a campervan, see if you can rent a surfboard as an extra!