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Lots of first-time travelers often ask: “Is it safe to sleep in a campervan while traveling in New Zealand?”
The answer is: of course! Campervan rentals are specially equipped to keep you secure and comfortable during your trip around this beautiful country.
And if the increasing number of campervan travelers is any indication, sleeping in a campervan is not only safe, it’s also one of the best ways to enjoy all the amazing things to do in New Zealand.
Here are other reasons to ditch those doubts and hit the road in a campervan:
New Zealand is one of the safest countries on the planet
One of the best things about traveling in New Zealand is that the country enjoys a relatively low crime and corruption rate. We have strictly enforced gun laws, an impressive safety index and also considered as one of the safest countries for women to travel solo.
While you still have to remain vigilant and follow safety precautions when sleeping in your campervan (lock your doors, please!), you can rest easy knowing that there is a very, very slim chance of a riot breaking out randomly while you snooze.
There are lots of safe and beautiful campervan campsites in New Zealand
Another great thing about spending the night in a campervan is that there are lots of secure campsites and holiday parks that cater to campervans. You don’t have to fear sleeping in a dark, remote area when campervanning.
There are holiday parks where you can use facilities like charging stations, kitchens, and laundries for a minimal fee. You can also spend the night at designated campsites. Whichever place you choose, sleeping in your campervan won’t be a hassle in the ‘Land of the Long White Cloud.’
Campervans were made for sleeping
As mentioned earlier, campervans are specially equipped to let you sleep soundly. Most campervan hire companies like Escape Rentals provide vehicles that are outfitted with queen-sized mattresses and bedding to keep you comfy throughout the night. Campervan windows often have curtains or are tinted to allow privacy.
Other campervans even come with their own smoke and carbon monoxide alarms and detectors, so you don’t have to worry about those kinds of hazards while catching some Z’s.
Sleeping in a campervan protects you from the elements
Campervans allow you to have the best of both worlds: you can enjoy the great outdoors and have modern comforts at the same time. It’s like your home away from home!
Sleeping in a cozy campervan means you don’t have to spend the night on a soggy or cold tent floor in case it rains or snows. Don’t like bugs? Sleeping in a campervan prevents bugs and other critters from crawling up on you at night. Too hot or too cold? You can adjust the campervan’s temperature to your liking.
You don’t have to worry about bringing too many pillows, either, since those are provided by most rental companies and can easily be stowed away within the campervan.
Safety precautions when campervanning
While these facts are well and good, it’s still prudent to follow these simple common sense safety precautions while sleeping in a campervan:
- Avoid parking in dim, remote areas.
- Secure your belongings before calling it a day. Always make sure the windows are secured and your doors are locked.
- Make sure that your exhaust system is working great to avoid carbon monoxide leaks.
- Keep a flashlight within reach at all times in case of emergencies.
- Take note of the park or campsite’s nearest exit points in case you need to evacuate the area.