Christmas gifts for the grey nomad
Buses stop on their way down the highway for passengers to take a dip before Sometimes the little things are best, especially when you are lucky enough to live on-the-road for a few months at a time. Our engineer daughter keeps reminding us to pack items which have multiple uses! The old, high utility, less space principle. We were previously applying the ‘Tetris’ principle!
Dish drying mat
The Magic Dish Drying Mat from House.com.au
Consequently, our daughter gave us a Dish Drying Mat for Christmas one year. These mats are made from a micro-fibre material (fully padded) and will absorb four times their weight in water. There is limited drying space in a van – especially for large items (pots and pans). Drying Mats are machine washable and fold up between uses making them easy to store.
I also find it very useful for padding during a trip – we don’t want the wine bottles to break, do we? Two uses, tick! I have found it so useful I have since purchased these drying mats for other family members who love to caravan. We even use the drying mats at home now. Three uses, awesome!
We like to give other caravanners gifts we found useful during our travels. Here are a few of our favourites:
Plastic tubs available in various sizes
We use these soft tubs to carry laundry, shoes, recycling and collect water. They are inexpensive, found in a number of outlets and have a vast range of uses when travelling. Being soft and pliable is a significant benefit. When we’re ‘on the move’, we place the tubs in the shower cubicle on non-slip matting which keeps the tubs from bouncing around. In the tubs we place larger items, like our coffee maker and SodaStream. Essential items, of course!
Sensor lights from Bunnings
These sensor lights Velcro onto the side of the van, under the awning, and come on as someone approaches. Light is an excellent deterrent to those ‘less honest’ visitors and can be very helpful for those trying to find the door handle after an extended ‘happy hour’! Great for safety and security, powered by AAA batteries, we have been using these lights for years.
We keep a spare van key in this Seacured lock which we fit to the step of our van. Great if you return to the van without a key. Just saying! Available from http://www.seacured.com.au/ or most surf shops – around $60.
Shockloc from theoriginalshockloc.com.au
We found this ingenious cord at a market, of course. It has a multi-purpose quick lock and release cord system which can be operated with one hand. NO more stretchy cords with baubles, or ‘ocky’ straps flinging back in your face. We use the Shocklocs to secure our hose, drainage pipe and power cords. The Shockloc keeps them neat and tidy, ready for our next stopover.
Wine, of course!
We have not yet met a Grey Nomad who does not appreciate a good bottle of wine! We look forward to exploring more places in the New Year and hope you all have an enjoyable and relaxed time over the Christmas period. Stay safe and enjoy the break with your family and friends.
Special thanks to BIG4 Holiday Parks. RvTrips, is a strategic partner of Regional Tourism Australia, helping and encouraging others to explore Australia. See the best Australia has to offer. For more photos and travel tips, you can catch us at www.rvtrips.com.au.
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