Caravanning at Christmas: Your Ultimate Preparation Guide

What if this year you are planning to spend Christmas in your caravan? This is your chance to create a Christmas to remember on a smaller scale.

What to pack for your Christmas caravanning trip

Christmas is a joyous time of the year, especially when you get to spend it with the people you love exploring a beautiful part of this great country. You can plan for this special occasion by packing your caravan to the brim with Christmas cheer and create memories that last a lifetime.

To make sure that you are fully prepared for Christmas time in a caravan, here are some tips and tricks on what to pack:

BBQ Accessories

First and foremost, to make a traditional Australian Christmas lunch on the road, you'll need to make sure that you have everything required for a BBQ, including gas bottles and utensils. If you're not a fan of using the caravan park BBQs, why not invest in your own setup using the BBQ Arm mod for your caravan? Once you do, you'll be able to cook up a festive feast with ease. Always know how much gas is left in your gas bottle with our range of gas bottle level sensors (Also a great christmas gift idea!)

Festive Decorations

To create the perfect Christmas setting while on the road, you'll also need to pack a few festive decorations, such as the obligatory Christmas tree and tree ornaments. You'll want to choose decorations that are easy to set up and take down, as well as ones that won't take up too much space. Christmas lights are a great option for caravan Christmas decorations because they're relatively small and easy to pack up. Another way to create more space is to add an awning to your caravan. This will give you some extra room to spread out your decorations and make your caravan feel more like home. 

Entertainment for the Kids

Of course, no Christmas is complete without games and activities that are perfect for both adults and children. You can include things such as board games, pool toys and outdoor games to keep the whole family entertained during those long car journeys or evenings spent inside.

How to decorate a caravan for Christmas

Movie nights could be a great go-to if the weather turns sour this holiday wet season

At this time of the year, when good little boys and girls start thinking about how they can make their caravans look just a little bit more like Santa's workshop, there are a few simple tips that everyone should know.

DIY Christmas decorations

There's no need to spend a fortune on expensive tree toppers or elaborate hanging Christmas decorations. Instead, get the kids involved and let them create their own homemade decorations.

Window decorations

String some tinsel across the caravan's windows, or create a pretty snow scene with homemade paper cutouts.

Add some greenery

Pine cones and other greenery are also a great addition to any caravan at this time of year. Simply hang them from the ceiling or drape them over door handles.

Ideas for Christmas activities while on the road

There is no reason why you can't have all the normal Christmas traditions while caravanning. By thinking out of the box, you can even come up with some new and exciting activities for the whole family to enjoy.

Backyard cricket

While you won't be playing this in the backyard, you can still have hours of fun by setting up a makeshift pitch on your campsite and challenging the kids to a game.


Take a break from regular caravan cooking and instead try your hand at some Christmas baking. Get out your portable stove and get the kids to help you create some festive treats.

Christmas carols

If the local community is having a carols night, why not join in? If you happen to be spending Christmas a bit more off the beaten track, organise your own carols night in the caravan.

Christmas movie nights

Nothing says Christmas more than watching Love Actually for the 50th time (our true love for this movie lasts a lifetime!). Or if you're feeling more daring, pop on the original Die Hard (yes, it's a Christmas movie!).

Tips for staying cool and comfortable in your caravan during this Christmas

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If you're planning on spending the summer in your caravan, there are a few things you can do to stay cool and comfortable. First, invest in some good quality curtains or blinds. Not only will they keep the sun out, but they'll also help to insulate your caravan from the heat. Second, make sure you have plenty of ventilation. You can do this by opening windows and doors, or by using an air conditioner or fan. Check out our Rovin Ceiling Fan. Third, keep your caravan fridge well-stocked with cold drinks and snacks. And fourth, if all else fails, just head to the beach! Thanks to the ocean breeze, you're guaranteed to find some relief from the heat. Just remember to reapply sunscreen regularly and stay hydrated. With these tips in mind, you're sure to have a cool and comfortable Christmas in your caravan.

How to make the most of your Christmas caravanning trip

With the advent of the Christmas period comes the dreaded holiday traffic. It seems that just about everyone is on the road trying to find their special slice of heaven. If you want to avoid the worst of it, make sure you plan your journey ahead of time and avoid peak traffic periods whenever possible. Also, if you're planning on doing a lot of sightseeing or visiting popular attractions, try to get there early to beat the crowds. And finally, make sure you pack plenty of snacks and drinks so that you don't need to stop at a service station or cafe if you don't have to.

Christmas is a popular time for caravanning, so sites can fill up quickly. Booking in advance is always a good idea, but be sure also to keep an eye on the weather forecast so that you can make alternate plans if there's a bushfire warning in the area.

What are some of the best caravan parks for Christmas this year?

At CaravanMods, we've put our years of experience in the caravan industry to good use and come up with this list of some of the best caravan sites for Christmas this year.

Merimbula Beach Holiday Resort

If you're looking for something family-friendly and located close to the beach, look no further than Merimbula Beach Holiday Resort. This site is perfect for caravanning enthusiasts of all ages and has lots of facilities like a swimming pool, go-kart hire, kids' games room, jumping pillow, kids club, playground, tennis court, and even a splash park to keep the young and the young-at-heart entertained. Merimbula Beach Holiday Resort is the perfect place for a Christmas caravan getaway with million-dollar views of the majestic southern New South Wales coastline and plenty to do in the area.

Airlie Beach Holiday Park

Airlie Beach Holiday Park is the perfect place to take your caravan for a vacation. As a base to explore all that the beautiful Whitsundays has to offer, you will find everything at this caravan park that you need to have a comfortable, easy, and fun trip. The accommodation on offer ranges from villas to camping sites, so you can find the perfect place to stay for your family. There is also a resort-style pool and splash park, perfect for cooling down on those hot Queensland summer days. Once visited, this will become your go-to destination for your family's Christmas getaways.

Bairnsdale Riverside Holiday Park

Bairnsdale Riverside Holiday Park is the perfect place to spend Christmas if you're looking for a relaxing and scenic getaway. Situated on the banks of the Gippsland Lakes, this park offers powered or unpowered sites as well all the basic amenities you need for a comfortable stay. Plus, you'll also be able to indulge in some great fishing and boating opportunities. Not only does the park have a swimming pool and a wood-fired pizza oven, they even have an amazing off-leash area for your four-legged travelling companion! With great local wineries nearby, you will never want to leave this gorgeous part of Victoria.

Mt Field National Park

For those who want to celebrate Christmas surrounded by some of the most beautiful bush scenery imaginable, head to the magnificent Mt Field National Park. This amazing park has a range of accommodation options, including camping and caravan sites, as well as huts. The on-site cafe serves delicious homemade fare, and there are loads of activities to choose from like bushwalking, birdwatching or simply admiring the incredible views. With its majestic waterfall and local wildlife, Mt Field National Park is the perfect place for a bush Christmas caravan getaway.

Final thoughts

So there you have it, our top tips for making the most of your Christmas caravanning trip. We guarantee you'll have a holly jolly time if you follow our advice! Just remember to pack plenty of sunscreen and sunnies, and you're sure to have a great time on the road. Oh, and don't forget that you'll need to buy your Christmas presents in advance so you have plenty of time to wrap and hide them properly. And if you're looking for a great gift for that special caravanner in your life, check out the amazing caravan and camping gift ideas on offer at CaravanMods!

At CaravanMods, we're passionate about all things caravanning, and we hope you've found our advice useful. If you're looking for the best products and accessories to enhance your holiday experience, check out our site today.

We hope this article has inspired you to get out there and enjoy all that the festive season has to offer - happy caravanning!

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