In 2015 Wayne and Angie Parker left the UK to explore the world, in their motorhome, Charlie. They've shared their essential accessories but to find out more about their adventures, take a look at the January issue of Saga magazine.
1 Solar panels
We currently have two on Charlie, which provide ample power for the GPS, sound system, Wi-Fi gear, computers and Kindles.
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2 LPG (liquefied petroleum gas)
This runs the fridge (when parked and off-grid), the outside barbecue, the three-ring cooker and the heating.
It’s almost impossible to get the van level when parking and I hate it when my feet are higher than my head when trying to sleep.
4 Ear plugs
Motorhome walls are thin – only 75mm of foam and plastic – so all manner of noises will bother you at night: car alarms, crows, cockerels crowing, dogs barking, teenagers doing handbrake turns in the car park.
5 iBoost antenna
This collects and boosts free Wi-Fi signals. We once parked three miles away from Bled Castle in Slovenia and still received a strong signal.
6 Spare loo cassette
We like to get off the tourist trail, which means you’re sometimes a week away from the nearest loo emptying point, so we keep a spare one inside a small wheelie suitcase in the boot, which is also handy if you want to jump on a plane at any point.
7 A moped
Ideal for shopping trips or zooming off into the local town sightseeing. Frankie, our scooter, is heavy at 70kg, but we wouldn’t be without it.
We have one mounted on the rear rack and a foldable electric bike in the boot for Angie, who has knee problems.
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9 Outside barbecue
This which plugs in directly to the LPG point. We do as much cooking on it as possible, so the van doesn’t constantly smell of last night’s dinner.
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10 A stove-top heat diffuser
This was only £3 from a Chinese shop in the UK. We use it to toast bread on the stove and it does a cracking job.
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