Posted on: 10 November 2016
Allergies affect one in three people in Australia and New Zealand at some point in their lives, and dust mites are one of the most common causes of allergic reactions. If dust makes you uncomfortable, check out these tips for keeping it out of your caravan so that you can enjoy your trip as much as everyone else.
Get your fellow travellers on board
Before leaving, talk to the other people you're travelling with about your allergies so that they know how they can help you. The easiest way to keep your caravan clean is to not let dust in, and this is only possible if everyone participates.
Prevent dust from coming in
Make sure that all your seals are in good order and are not allowing dust in. Check your route in advance and choose sealed road. If you have to go on dirt roads to get to your destination, close your vents completely while travelling. Use a fan or air-conditioner to pressurise your cabin. Having positive air pressure in the cabin means that the air will be trying to escape through the little gaps, which will make it harder for particles to come in.
When you're at the caravan site, have a cloth at the entrance and always take your shoes off before entering the caravan, just like you would at home. Having most of your meals outside will also help you keep your caravan clean.
Have a cleaning routine
Cleaning might be the last thing you want to do while on holiday, but it's unavoidable if you're fighting dust. Fortunately, you don't have to spend all day every day cleaning. All you have to do is wipe the dust a couple of times a day and vacuum as often as you can.
Store your belongings wisely
Rather than having loose items around the caravan, store your belongings in closed storage spaces or plastic boxes with lids. You will then only have to wipe the dust off a few flat surfaces, rather than clean each individual item, and you will be done with your cleaning routine in no time.
Check what facilities are available at your caravan site before booking
Here are a few things to take into consideration when you're choosing where to stay.
Is the site powered?
If you choose a powered site, you will be able to operate your vacuum cleaner and your air filter (if you have one) without using your caravan's power supply.
Does the site offer laundry facilities?
Your clothes and bedding will need to be washed regularly, preferably with hot water. Research shows that water temperature needs to be 60 degrees Celsius or higher to kill all dust mites.
Is the site clean?
You will be spending time in the common areas of the caravan site, so it's important to choose one with high cleanliness standards. Read some reviews and ask your friends for recommendations before booking.Share