In May, the people of Southern Finland were treated to a heat wave after a cold spring. The holiday season has not yet properly begun, but when you get itchy feet it’s difficult to stay in one place. This year, I’ll be spending my holidays at campsites, so I went to Vanhakylänniemi in Järvenpää to get a little feeling for camping life in advance.
Real enthusiasts don’t care about the holiday calendar, mosquitoes or frost, but in practice the school summer holidays dictate the family holiday season. For us, planning of the summer season begins in early spring by checking out travel routes and bookings calendars. The most important things about planning are making accurate lists of things you will need and systematic packing. In spite of the improved level of equipment of caravans and camper vans, there is never too much room. The things that are brought along must be closely scrutinised.
Compared to those who prefer being under canvas, the holiday comfort of caravanners is largely based on heating, plumbing, air-conditioning and electrical technology. Electricity can be obtained from electrical posts on campsites using suitable adapters. With an IP44-rated cable reel, electricity can be taken wherever it is needed. Extension cables are also needed indoors, because the number of electrical devices of travellers is increasing year by year.
LED lighting is a good, low energy and long-term solution for the lighting of vehicles used for holiday travel. A narrow 12 V LED strip does not take much room and hardly heats up at all. Indirect lighting next to a wall or window done using an LED strip gives soft light in small indoor spaces, for example in toilets, closets and shelves. You get finished look if you put a light strip inside an aluminium profile. An aluminium profile also extends the service life of the LED strip by cooling it effectively.
Airam’s range of products includes both 12 V AC and DC solar LED bulbs with E14 and E27 bases. They are meant for use with solar panels and in caravans and camper vans, among other things.
Nightlights equipped with motion sensors (e.g. Denver) are handy when moving around in the dark. I myself chose a Dover nightlight, which I can use at the same time to charge two mobile phones from the USB port in the nightlight.
When safety is taken care of, that’s one less thing to worry about. In caravans and camper vans, fire may break out quickly and fiercely so a fire alarm is a cheap lifesaver. Mobile homes should be fitted at least with a fire alarm as required by safety regulations and preferably also carbon monoxide and gas alarms. Spare 9 V batteries also go on the shopping list.
And what would camp life be like without barbecuing? It’s nice that this too can be done safely and with style. A beautiful extinguishing blanket fits handily into a barbecuing set and the barbecue chef’s drink will stay hot/cold in a Diamond mug.
Enjoy your camping holiday!