Sergei the meerkat shares his top 5 caravanning tips
Sergei's advice isn't just for meerkats
Thursday, 19, Jun 2014 09:13
by Laura Hastings
Seasoned caravanner Sergei delves into his own caravanning experience to bring you top tips for your caravan journey
There are many so-called experts in the field of caravanning, but CaravanTimes, as always, strives to bring our readers the best.
This is why we have enlisted caravan blogger and meerkat impresario, Sergei, to share his wisdom with us. Sergei works in IT, and recently took to exploring the length and breadth of the UK in his caravan, documenting it all on his 'caravan bloggings' - that's caravan blog to you and I.
His charmingly honest writing style will appeal to both seasoned caravan veterans, and those looking to step into the caravanning lifestyle and, that said, Sergei has collected his top five tips for caravanning, first published here, and elaborated a bit on the stories behind them:
Caravanning with pets
"Take your pets on caravan holiday is always tricky. Once I take pet hamster, but he spend whole holiday making squeaks in his exercise wheel and I could not concentrate on my Beano annual.
"These days I prefer bring smaller pet for company, like Carl the cockroach. He not make too much noise, need minimal lookings after and come in handy if you need small snack."
Sergei's final thought: "Do not try read Beano annual while driving, this lead to unfortunate car smash incident with me and large human in white van."
Always bring spare battery
"Middle of nowhere is not best place to find out you leave light above sink on for 24 hours. Ever since that 10-day walk back to civilisation, I am never without a spare 110AH battery. Now I can cook on stove, pump water and use Betamax player without fear of flattening battery."
Sergei's final thought: "Always be considerings caravan neighbours, blasting the Russian meerkat music of the 1980s is no popular at 2 am."
Bring spare tin opener
"Only last year I haul week supply of baked fleas on holiday. Is long story, but mountain goat end up eat my tin opener, leaving me stuck with 12 unopenable tins. For lunch I lick moss from nearby stone. It was actually quite tasty, but next time I remember to bring extra tin opener."
Sergei's final thought: "For many fine recipe includings French style frog's legs, scramble over to my bloggings here"
Always bring torch
"Torch are essential inside caravan. Is good for read under blanket, and is make life much easier when you need to visit little meerpup's room in middle of night. Like my Papa always say, 'never pee where you can't see'. Is best advice he ever give me."
Sergei's final thought: "Torch are good for make meerkat shadow puppets also, put baby Oleg in sleepy mode every time!"
Remember which caravan is yours
"My caravan is a beautiful shade of white. Unfortunately, so are many other caravan, which make it difficult when remember where you park in busy caravan site. I find tie custom flag to your caravan (I use MEER space program logo) will help you identify your own caravan even from afar, and will help avoid any unexpected meetings with a surprised family of four."
Sergei's final thought: I make nice friend with the family, until I try get disco dancing competition going. Hole in floor was not too big! Be careful when doing jumpings in caravan, nice readers.
CaravanTimes would like to thank Sergei for these invaluable tips, and we look forward to his next instalment of caravan adventures.
Check out our competition with Sergei's Caravan Club for your chance to win a meerkat toy.