Photograph of a couple hiking

Storage hacks

Storage space in a caravan is like gold dust and every last inch or centimetre is precious. Large plastic boxes under the beds are great both for visitors and residents. They are also useful if you leave stuff in outdoor benches when hiring it out or simply over winter. I had my benches centrally padlocked but someone managed to pinch a drill out of one by twisting the seat. The one which had my possessions in plastic boxes was completely safe.

All my clothes cupboards have extra hooks in them, either drilled or stuck, (Command Hooks) for dog leads, coats, dirty linen bag etc. In the kitchen I have put hooks on the inside of the cupboard doors for long spoons, potato mashers etc. A length of rod with 2 fixings, behind which I tuck pan lids saves loads of space. I hook spray bottles of cleaning liquid and cloths over a tension rod placed in the under-sink cupboard. Any rails which fit over doors are great for drying towels. .

Fridge space is at a premium so I have managed to get cheap 2/3 layer sandwich boxes which are economical with space and double the quantity of food I can get in the fridge! A net bag hanging from a strategically placed hook accommodates the fruit .

I have bought circular sticky Velcro blobs for a variety of uses. Flannels will stick to them over the basin. I have problems with phone signals so have attached my phone to the window where I can get a good signal so at least I can pick up incoming calls! They are also useful to anchor the TV remote. I have used them to attach loose covers to my seating as I have dogs who love my soft furnishings much I as I do! .

Below our deck is excellent lockable storage for outdoor chairs, surfboards, wellies and beach equipment. It has now been nicknamed “The Gran Cave”! .

I find a four-wheeled folding trolley great for ferrying stuff to the beach or collecting provisions from the onsite shop. My two granddaughters love riding in it and at least I know where they are! We use it for transporting sand surf boards up into the dunes, BBQs and tents for outdoor picnics and maybe my new 3 legged dog will enjoy a ride in it! .

A pin board keeps all my vital info and tickets tethered in one place. .

Shoes are stored in a plastic tubtrug which trap all the sand and grass they bring in. It is amazing how many pairs of shoes a large tubtrug will accommodate and my family has huge feet. They are also great for wet umbrellas! A row of hooks inside the door accommodates slippers for those who dislike being barefoot. .

I store sheets inside matching pillowcases and use vacuum bags to store any duvets I am not using or for clothes and bedding when I leave the caravan over winter. .

Storage hacks mean you stop losing and start living!