How to prepare your van for a road trip


Whether you are moving house or going on holiday in your van this new year, it is important that you make sure it is fully prepared for this long trip. Simple checks to your van’s key components are essential so that you can be sure you will be safe on the road. You should also pack some precautionary items in the event that you are stranded. If you are preparing for a road trip in your van, follow our simple guide to make sure you are ready to go.

General maintenance

Before getting behind the wheel, you will want to carry out multiple checks to the key working parts of your van to make sure it is roadworthy. This will give you confidence that you will be safe whilst undertaking this long journey. We would recommend checking the oil, brakes, tyres, and other fluids that make the engine function properly. You will significantly reduce your risk of a breakdown. If you are hiring your van from a reliable company, they will carry out these important checks for you and will ensure that the van is in full working order before you set off.


You should make sure that you have planned out your route and have checked that this route is suitable before setting off. Bringing your phone or sat nav and a suitable charger can allow you to ensure the route is appropriate and doesn’t take much longer than expected. Having a backup is always worthwhile in case your primary navigation system fails. It is also worthwhile to have a map handy, so that you can familiarise yourself with the roads along your route and identify alternative options if required.

Emergency kit

A roadside emergency kit is essential for long journeys and can provide you the support you need to carry out a basic repair yourself, rather than waiting for roadside assistance which could take hours to arrive. A roadside emergency kit should contain a spare tyre, jumper cables, and a torch, amongst other basic tools to repair your vehicle. A wrench and pliers are some of the most common tools included in a roadside repair kit.

Food and drink

Should you end up having problems with your van, it is important you are prepared in the event your vehicle breaks down. You should make sure you have reserve supplies of food and water so that you can continue to eat and drink if you are stranded waiting for roadside assistance. These are also important to keep you hydrated and energised throughout the duration of your journey. It is also worth bringing a cool box to keep any perishable items fresh for as long as possible.

Insurance and correct documentation

If you are renting a van for a road trip, it is important you have all the correct documentation and have hired your van from a reputable company. Before setting off, make sure you have all insurance information and vehicle registration stored in the glove box, ready to produce if required. You should also have your driving licence and any other important documents with you for your journey.

If you require a van for a long road trip, our team at CVS Van Hire can help. We have a wide range of vans or minibuses for you to choose from, so you can find the perfect sized vehicle for your journey. If you would like to discuss van hire with us, give us a call on 020 8003 1184 or email

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