Whether you are an experienced camper or caravaner, or even completely new to it all, this blog will guide you through some essential kit you shouldn’t be without.
When can we go camping and caravanning again?
The good news is that from the 4th July 2020 we can get back out in England and enjoy the rest of the summer. Scotland and Wales won’t be too far behind in opening up their sites again too.
It might be that you are planning your first ever Staycation in the UK and have bought your first tent, camper van or caravan. If you are starting out then Colapz have a many essential bits of kit that you will want as you hit the campsites.
If you are an experienced camper then it may be you could add a few more items to your collection to ensure your trips are safe and enjoyable.
Top 5 Pieces of Essential Kit
If you are in a tent then you will not have onboard shower facilities. Many camper vans don’t offer shower facilities and some caravaners don’t like to use their onboard showers. It may be that you are apprehensive about using shared facilities on site due to the risk of coronavirus. If this is the case then we would recommend the Colapz 12V portable shower kit. The Colapz portable shower runs off a rechargeable battery, which gives up to an hours continuous flow from one charge. The shower kit comes with the Colapz utility bucket bag and there is a choice of 16 litre or 32 litre capacity. Both will provide plenty of water for showers. You can fill the bucket bag with warm water too so you don’t have to shower with cold water.
The bucket bag has carry handle to make taking it to and from the water tap easier. When not in use it folds flat and takes up almost no room at all.
You can use it to wash your dog after a muddy walk or douse them down on a hot day. Our dog Fudge loves being washed down when we are away in the caravan.
If you are camping you can use it to wash off your dishes without having to wait at the shared wash facilities on site.
You can use the shower to rinse off your caravan or camper if you have washed it on-site or at the storage yard.
The bucket bag is excellent quality and can be used as a utility bag when not being used for the shower. We use ours as a laundry bag in the caravan. It is ideal for storing wet towels in too.
The Fresh Mini is for use on a serviced pitch, that being a pitch where you have your own water tap. The Fresh Mini is usually used with caravans or motorhomes in conjunction with a water pump. It can be used as a freestanding water source for camping. It is a collapsible 8 litre vessel which is capable of holding fresh water. This is fed directly from the water tap on your pitch via a 7.5 metre food grade hose. The hose is part of the kit, along with connectors and a ball valve. The Fresh Mini replaces your bulky rigid water vessel and eliminates that issue of where to store it when not in use. If you use serviced pitches then this kit will save you space and weight giving you more payload.
The Fresh Mini comes in a handy carry bag and weighs less than 1kg. There are easy to follow instructions and it will take only a few minutes to assemble it. The hose pipe connects to the water tap on your serviced pitch and this feeds in to the Fresh Mini vessel. The ball valve works to stop the flow of water once the Mini is full. Your water pump then feeds in to the top of the vessel to draw water for your leisure vehicle. The wide opening means it is compatible with Whale and Truma pumps. It can also be used by tenters and campers who can draw water from it without a pump by adding the tap to make it a water dispenser.
The Fresh Mini comes with a small stand and a tap. It can be used for filling dog bowls, kettles, pans or bowls with water. It can also be used as a bucket for carrying water and a watering can spout is also available.
The Fresh Mini can be used throughout the year when paired with the insulation jacket, available separately. The insulation jacket protects the Fresh Mini from the cold in winter and keeps it cooler in summer.
The Trunk, as it is affectionately known, is a new addition to our range for 2020. The Trunk attaches to any outside tap and ensures that water is directed from the tap directly in to your water vessel or carrier. The strap passes over the tap to secure it in place, leaving you with both hands free. The Flexi pipe extends up to a metre in length thus allowing you to reach buckets on the floor and even motorhome fill points. The plastic is food grade to ensure safe drinking water too.
The benefit of the Trunk is that it controls and directs the water and prevents sodden legs and feet from lively and unpredictable campsite taps.
Keeping all your bowls, plates and kitchen utensils clean is crucial – no one wants smelly utensils laying around the place and dirty equipment can quickly become a health hazard. The trouble is, washing up bowls can be bulky and cumbersome. A collapsible option that can be compactly stored when not in use is an excellent addition to any camping set-up.
Many of us that go camping and touring have pets. Most sites welcome dogs and plenty of people take their cats along too.
Here at Colapz we too are dog lovers and this motivated us to design some pet friendly products.
We recommend our collapsible food bowl set for feeding and watering you pet when away. They are light weight, collapsible and come in a carry case. They are made from non-toxic silicone to make them pet safe and they are height adjustable.
The versatile water & food bottle is perfect for those daily walks or when you are away on holiday. The bottle holds 570ml of water, dog biscuits or treats, and is made from 100% food safe materials. The sleek bottle has an integrated food grade silicone leaf which hugs the bottle. When in use this then folds out in one piece to create the perfect bowl for dispensing water, or dry dog food. It also comes with a handy plastic clip that allows you to attach it to a bag or your trouser belt loop whilst on the move.
Enjoy your Summer Camping and Touring
Wherever you adventures take you this summer we want you to enjoy them. Be safe and sensible whether it is your first time or one of many times.