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Everything You Need to Know About Travelling by Campervan

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If you’re planning to do an Aussie roadie, hiring a campervan is essential and hiring the right kind of camper is even more essential! Travelling by campervan gives you complete freedom – we would defo recommend – the whole of Australia at your finger tips…sounds good right! 

We’ll be sharing with you all our tips and tricks when it comes to campers including:

  • How to book a campervan?
  • Which style of campervan suits you best?
  • The best budget options..
  • And of course, how we can get you EPIC discounted rentals…

So, if travelling by bus ain’t ya thing & you want your own wheels then keep reading…

Planning a roadie?

I can imagine you’re thinking, how do I even go about looking for a campervan that suits me. You’re gonna be in the thing for, most likely weeks upon end, so you’re going to want something comfortable that suits all of your needs.

The benefits of travelling by camper are endless – complete and utter freedom to zoom around the insane ocean roads of Aussie, no late night awakenings from noisy hostel goers, and the ability to do what you want, when you want – forget waiting around for a bus to turn up and get going on the road yeeeeeeeeeeeeeew!

Just picture it, after a day on the road, you can pull up to your free campsite, cook up a delish dinner and then sit back and relax, enjoying your meal whilst soaking up one of Australia’s wicked sunsets.

Plus, it gets better – we can do all the boring bits for you with our camper comparison quote service, so all you need to do is sit back and we’ll find the best campervan for you!

How can we help find you some wheels?

Attempting to find a campervan can be a long process – trawling through an endless list of very similar looking vans on the internet with no idea what the hell you’re looking for – FORGET IT! We’ve got you covered!

We can find you the best deal on a camper perfect for all of your needs. All you have to do is pop in a few details of your trip and we can do the rest!

Hit the link below and lets find you an EPIC discounted campervan for your roadie….

NOTE: we only book you a camper van or car rental if we can make it cheaper than the online rate! That’s the RatPack guarantee!

What style of campervan is right for you?

Check out the different options below to work out which campervan will suit you and your roadie crew best….

The High Top

Exactly what you imagine when you think of a campervan, this option is epic and has space to stand up, cook, have a lounge area and can fit up to 3 of you! 

  • Most common choice
  • Lots of space
  • Sleeps 3 and includes bedding
  • Bed in the loft
  • Running water
  • Fridge, microwave and cooking facilities

2 seater 2 sleeper

This option is a great choice if there are 1 or 2 of you and you are travelling for a short amount of time and on a budget… This style is effectively a car with a bed in the back, super convienent right?

  • For the budget conscious
  • Better for a shorter roadie (2 weeks max)
  • Equipped with all the basics
  • NOTE – you won’t be able to stand up in this option


This option is the RV style of campervan and is perfect if you like things a little more luxurious and there is a big group of you! Travelling with the famo or the crew? A motorhome is perfect for you… 

  • Mainly for families or bigger groups
  • Spacious
  • Good for a long-term roadie
  • Fully equipped  with everything you need to cook
  • Some have a shower


How does the rental ACTUALLY work?

If you’ve done some research already you’ll see it is a little overwhelming with all of the campervan rental sites with so many additional costs. We’ve broken it down below to keep you in the LOOP of how the rental actually works

Daily Rental – The campers are priced based on a daily rental price which we can apply our discount to…

Insurance – we ALWAYS recommend insurance for your roadie, better to be safe than sorry! If you don’t take the insurance option expect to put down a bond of $3000

One Way Fees – in the case of some routes you’ll be travelling one way as opposed to a loop, sometimes we can help to waive these fees.

Premium Location Fees – to avoid these, chat to us and we’ll help you choose your locations to save you even more money

Admin Fee – most campervan companies have an admin fee with any booking

Extra Add ons – if you wish to add on table and chairs, GPS or additional insurance cover

Other expenses to consider

Once you’ve got your camper ready to hit the road, there are a few other expenses to consider…

Petrol – You’ll have to top up the petrol as you go. Most companies will expect you to return the camper with a full tank.  To give you an idea of how much you’ll have to spend – on her Great Ocean Road roadie, RatPacker Mollie spent $140 on petrol over 5 days.

Food and drink – You’re going to have to keep that fridge topped up. Try and do a big food shop every week or so.

Additional eating out food Dinner with a view, with the camper doors flung open and the ocean breeze blowing through your hair will never get old buuuut, you may fancy a bit of luxury some nights and head out for dinner.

Free campsites

This next tip is going to be a life saver!

There’s this super sick app called WikiCamps. You can use it to find a load of free campsites to park up for the night. You’re very welcome…


What to pack for your roadie...

  • Decent walking shoes/trainers – there are so many epic national park walks and you’re not gonna want to hike them in flip flops!
  • Swimwear – for those lush beach showers.
  • Make yourself a decent playlist – there will be a lot of hours on the road to fill with sick tunnnnnes.
  • Charging cables
  • A book
  • Pack of cards
  • Loo roll
  • Shampoo and shower gel
  • Flannel – or something to scrub with!
  • Sun cream
  • Water bottles – keep em topped up.
  • Insect repellent
  • Torch
  • Camera
  • Lots of snacks

Top tips

First time heading out on a roadie? We bet you’ve got a million and one questions for us, and don’t worry, we had the same questions when we first started travelling via camper! 

The RatPack crew have answered some of your FAQ’s below, if you have any other questions we are ALWAYS here to help so shoot us a WhatsApp or hit up the live chat….

  • How do I go to the bathroom?

    There will be public loos along the way or you’ll have to embrace the bush wee.

  • Where do I shower?

    Luckily, Aussie is pretty warm most of the time, so all you’ll need is a bowl of soap, water and a flannel to give yourself a scrub down.

    A load of the beaches also have showers. A shower with a sea view – sounds pretty good to me!

  • How much food should I get?

    Stock up on food every week or so when you come across a supermarket.

    Avoid grabbing things in petrol stations – they’re expensive and you’ll end up spending wayyyy more money than you should.

  • Is is easy to drive in Australia?

    Yep, it’s SUPER easy!

    Unless you’re going through a city, you’re going to be on the open road for the majority of the journey. The open roads are straight, empty and normally pretty beautiful.

    They do drive on the left over there, but don’t worry about it – you’ll get used to it! Plus, there arn’t many roundabouts in Oz.

    How will I wash my clothes?

    Some of the campsites may have facilities to wash your clothes.Or, you may have to stop off at a hostel every now and then for the night to use the washing facilities.

  • How will I know the way?

    Grab yourself a local phone so you can use 3G for maps if you’re worried about getting lost. Most campers also provide you with a map – old school style!

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Chat to our Team

We operate a 24/7 service across multiple time zones. Our RatPackers have all been there and done it! Get the ball rolling on your upcoming trip. Send over your rough travel plans (including your flight details / dates). If you are yet to book a flight and seeking advice – HIT US UP ↡

I hope my tips and tricks encourage you to get a camper booked for an epic roadie adventure. You’re gonna have the time of your life! Just remember, always stock up your snack supplies, take a rest break if you’ve been on the road for a while and most importantly enjoy the sunsets and soak up the allllll the freedom.

Yewwwwwwwwwwwwww Holly (RPT Blog Writer)

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