It can feel like you have a million things to do before setting off on your next caravan holiday, especially if you have a couple of kids and a family pet coming along. If your caravan has been sitting around inactive for a few months, a bit of cleaning and some key maintenance checks are essential.  Below we provide a comprehensive checklist for your next trip, from maintenance to packing and leaving.


Exterior Maintenance

  • Fix any rust spots or peeling paint
  • Check the running gear for rust and wear and grease all moving components
  • Check the condition of the tyres and ensure they are the right pressure
  • Test the brakes
  • Grease the corner steadies
  • Test the batteries and generator


Interior Maintenance

  • Run water through the system to flush it out and check for leaks
  • Sterilise the tanks with an appropriate cleaner if needed
  • Install the toilet cassette and check seals
  • Connect the electricity and check all lights, power points and appliances
  • Reconnect the gas, check outlets and refill tanks
  • Test all the doors and windows
  • Check the fire extinguisher and smoke detector



  • Wash the outside of the caravan to remove dust and mould
  • Scrub the bathroom, toilet and sinks
  • Look in every corner for mould and mildew
  • Air out the mattresses and seating
  • Clean the fridge with detergent and leave the door open to dry


Restocking and Packing

What you pack might differ for each trip depending on the location and duration, but there are plenty of essentials for every holiday, which may include:

  • Folding chairs
  • A small table
  • Small bin and bin liners
  • Bags for shopping and carrying clothes
  • Large bag for dirty clothes, pegs and washing powder, clothesline
  • Toiletries and bath towels
  • Dishwashing detergent, plug, sponges, tea towels
  • Soap, wipes, hand sanitiser, hand towels, tissues
  • Mini vacuum or a brush/pan set
  • First aid kit
  • Torches, firelighters
  • Toaster and kettle
  • Kitchen utensils including tongs, egg flip, chopping boards, etc.
  • Cards, board games, reading material
  • Camera
  • Balls and other sporting equipment
  • Umbrella, wet weather gear
  • Sun protection, hats
  • Chargers for any devices you take
  • Spare batteries

Remember to pack snacks, especially if you have kids. When it comes to meals, it’s a good idea to write down a list of meal ideas so you can plan what kind of groceries to stock over the course of your trip.


Tools and Spares

The tools you need once again depend on the kind of trip you are taking. It always pays to be prepared for any situation. Consider packing the following:

  • Spare tyre
  • Tyre pressure gauge
  • Puncture repair kit
  • Electrical tape
  • Hammer and rubber mallet
  • Spanner set
  • Screwdrivers
  • Socket set
  • Scissors
  • Stanley knife
  • Cable ties


Caravan Repair and Maintenance Services in Melbourne

At Canterbury Caravans, we provide comprehensive caravan maintenance and repair service in Melbourne. We also offer alterations and additions and have a diverse range of new and used caravans for sale on display, from pop tops to lightweight vans and family sized caravans. We also offer a comprehensive range of services for your caravan, including servicing and repairs, as well as alterations and additions to suit your specific needs.

Visit our location, or call us on 03 9729 8188. Alternatively, use our online contact form to get in touch for all your caravan concerns and enquiries.