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What we’ve learnt from caravanning around WA for four months

We have been on the street for four months in 2018, caravanning around WA, and in that area of time we definitely learnt lots.

We have been complete newbies when it came to this caravanning enterprise, however after dwelling within 20ft of area we’ve discovered about what we do and don’t want for the caravan.

And in the new yr, we’re taking the prospect to mirror on what we’ve learnt, making improvements for our trip in 2019.

Inside WA, whereas sporting Paris… barely confusing

Listed here are 16 things we’re wiser about, because of our caravanning around WA trip:

  1. We’d like a washer!

Dave may complain about emptying the bathroom cassette and how it’s all the time ‘his’ job, but the laundry appears to be my designated chore!

Mount Washmore appears endless for this tiny household. I do a couple of masses every three or so days and at about $four a pop the bills have shortly added up. Actually, we are spending about $100 a month on laundry.

So it was with glee I ordered our moveable washing machine off e-Bay final week, for $250. It has already been delivered and I can’t wait to get my palms on it. Oh the issues that excite you as a mum!

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Each day spent outdoors means there’s plenty of washing to do

  1. We packed WAY an excessive amount of

I’m a self-professed minimalist, and once we packed up our van we have been about 300kg underweight, so I actually didn’t assume we’d overpacked.

Turned out we had.

I had a bucketload of stuff I returned to Kmart once we came again to Perth (primarily tenting instruments and gear), and we left a number of more bins of clothes and footwear in storage at our pals’ home in Geraldton on our method up north.

Immediately I did a deep purge of the caravan and threw out an extra field of issues, which I donated to the native charity retailer.

Nevertheless, I need to admit we are suckers for books. The hard-copy sort, and not the Kindle variety. We’ve tried our hardest with Kindles but nothing beats a ebook in your hand. At present we have now about 30 books within the van. Absurd, I know. About 20 of those are Ruby’s and the remaining are ours. Such is the life of avid readers and writers!

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Dave plays with the duplo we packed greater than Ruby does!

  1. Issues I assumed we would wish, I don’t assume we truly do want

Just lately we have been talking about buying a BabyQ Weber. We hold seeing almost every camper with one chained to the entrance of their van and it made us consider we too wanted one.

So we planned to buy one as a Christmas current to ourselves. However a few days ago, I started to question whether we truly needed it. We use our oven steadily, and we now have an outdoor electrical burner for once we need to prepare dinner outdoors. Free tenting, we will use our fuel burner inside, or our butane range outdoors.

So what would we really need a Webber for? We now have BBQ and oven amenities already… and so now we’re considering we’ll save our cash for one thing else.

  1. Ruby really doesn’t want many toys

Aside from her books, Ruby doesn’t play with many toys. She has her bucket and spade for the seashore, a number of water toys for the bathtub, a colouring-in guide and crayons, a doll, a teddy, her bike and duplo. That’s it. We had different toys in her toy box but we’ve since ditched them because she didn’t play with them.

She was far more concerned with enjoying outdoors in the dust!

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Enjoying outdoors within the dust, as standard

  1. We don’t want a spare set of bed sheets

Hear me out earlier than you get grossed out. Once we wash our mattress sheets, we do it within the morning, cling them out to dry, and then put them again on the mattress in the afternoon. For the primary month, we didn’t even use the spare set! In order that they’ll be going again into storage now we’re back in Perth.

  1. We’re happiest once we spend every week in a place

The days the place we spend one night time in a campsite and then transfer on really feel very rushed. It’s like we spend the entire day packing up, shifting, and then setting again up once more. The caravan will get messy and I really feel disorganised.

Once we spend every week in a spot, it seems like the right period of time. We get to explore a place properly, we’ve got time to work and we even have a time without work from Ruby duties the place we will every do our own thing.

  1. We don’t have much free time

This travelling business keeps you busy! I assumed I’d be lazing by the pool and studying all day, however in reality it typically seems like we hardly have any downtime.

I suppose it might be totally different if we weren’t working, however on the similar time, I like working as it provides me a sense of objective on this journey.

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Yet one more day spent on the seashore…

  1. We will nonetheless have a routine

Quite a number of individuals have questioned Ruby’s routine. There is a misconception that dwelling in a caravan means Ruby would haven’t any routine.

The other is true. Here is a typical day from our journey caravanning around WA:

We get up at about 7am. I do half an hour of yoga while Dave hangs with Ruby. We eat a leisurely breakfast as a household. Then we do chores (dishes, washing, cleansing). We frequently go out at about 9:30am and do an exercise collectively. This might be to go on a hike, go to the seashore, go to the local playgroup or library, or go to the park.

We’re back for lunchtime and then Ruby has her nap for a couple of hours whereas we meet up with work.

Within the afternoon considered one of us may go off and continue working on the local library or a café, whereas the other takes Ruby out on one other activity.

We return for 5pm and prepare dinner dinner, consuming at 6pm earlier than having a shower and then Ruby is in mattress by 7pm. The night is spent working or reading. Typically we even watch a movie.

It’s fairly routine. If we’re shifting, we achieve this in the time slot we might usually have carried out an exercise.

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On certainly one of our many hikes – this time in Coalseam

  1. We have been proper to get our caravan inspected

We’ve been really proud of our caravan thus far. She’s performed properly and we expect the few hundred dollars we spent getting her independently inspected earlier than we bought her definitely paid off. We’re also glad we purchased a second hand one, as she gained’t depreciate as much as a brand new caravan, and we really feel the consolation levels are comparable.

  1. We should always’ve invested more into our tow car

Every thing we did proper with our caravan, we didn’t do with our 4WD. In case you have been following our blog you’re in all probability on top of things with it, so I’ll maintain this brief. If we had our time once more, we might’ve undoubtedly obtained the 4WD inspected independently earlier than purchasing.

  1. We’re principally proud of our caravan format

We are so completely happy we now have a rest room and separate bathe in our caravan. That is one thing we almost didn’t go together with, because of the additional $10okay or so it value, nevertheless it has been really convenient and now I don’t assume we might do with out it.

The primary factor is with the ability to pee or have a shower with out having to tug Ruby to a shower block with us. This has been a lifesaver if there’s just one in every of us with Ruby when nature calls. It’s additionally something I didn’t even consider earlier than buying the van, however now it’s grow to be clear how convenient it is when caravanning around WA.

  1. You’ll all the time be envious of different individuals’s set ups

There’ll all the time be someone with a greater, newer, fancier caravan and 4WD setup than you. You’ll all the time lust over what they’ve. But at the end of the day, we purchased what we might afford and we’re still getting to see the identical locations, so it doesn’t matter.

  1. We want campsites to caravan parks

I wasn’t positive whether or not we wish the marginally more ‘roughing’ facet of campsites, but turns out we choose them a lot more over caravan parks.

There’s one thing particular about being off the crushed monitor a bit, and when you might have a place to your self among nature, it’s really wondrous.

Caravan parks have their perks but with a campsite you typically see the true great thing about a spot, especially when caravanning around WA.

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Visiting the horses at one of many farm stay campsites we spent a couple of nights at in Northampton

  1. We’d like an inverter but not a lot else to free camp

I assumed we would have liked an enormous photo voltaic setup, one other battery and extra to free camp when caravanning around WA, however seems all we need to get installed is a small inverter.

We will do with out the air conditioner most days, and we definitely don’t need the TV, but with an inverter we will cost our laptops and phones, which is important for us when we need to work once we’re free tenting off-grid.

Our present battery can run the lights in our van for near every week, so we’re not even positive we’d like a solar setup at this point.

  1. We would have liked to let go of parenting nervousness

The primary few weeks on the journey it was onerous to let go and allow Ruby to discover, as a result of we have been so fearful she would come into hurt’s approach. Over time we’ve reduce down on the hovering (not that we have been ever a lot of the ‘helicopter parent’ sort anyway) and had a bit extra faith that she will discover a bit of on her personal with us watching from nearby.

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Dave watching Ruby splash on the riverbank

  1. That we will do it with a toddler!

The most effective factor we’ve learnt on this journey thus far is that we CAN do it with a toddler in tow! I keep in mind a pal stated to me before we left, “We went on a holiday when our daughter was Ruby’s age and it was the worst holiday of my life.” She had critical doubts about whether we might take pleasure in this way of life of caravanning around WA.

And I need to admit, it has had its moments. However general, it has been marvellous and we’ve liked attending to know Ruby so intimately and been capable of spend so much time together with her whereas she is rising up.

We’d need a glass of wine on the end of the day, however we CAN do that adventure with a toddler!

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Travelling with a toddler is loads of enjoyable

And there you’ve it – what we learnt from our four month trip, caravanning around WA in 2018. I’m wondering what we’ll study this yr?

Have you been caravanning around WA? What have you learnt?

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