Post Roadie Checklist

We are all guilty of arriving back home from a well-deserved road trip, parking in the garage, and leaving the unpacking to a later date. The downside of putting this whole process on the back-burner is that you'll often forget or overlook issues that ruin your next roadie. Luckily, the team at Roam have put together an in-depth guide to help you unpack, care for your vehicle and ensure it's prepared rip into it's next adventure.


Although this may seem like a simple task, there are a few things to keep in mind...

Vehicle Interior Clean Out: We've found the best way to tackle this is to make a checklist and ensure you empty, vacuum, wipe and repack/replenish(if necessary) each knook and cranny that your vehicle's interior may have. This means listing out every storage compartment, every seat, footwell and surface area that exists. A pro-tip is to tackle each stage one at a time, starting at one end of the wagon and not moving onto the next stage until you've made your way to the other end of your vehicle.

Fridge & Cooler Care: Firstly, empty out your fridge of any left over food and drinks. Then using sugar soap wipes or a simple "spray and wipe", thoroughly wipe down  in the interior and exterior of the unit and then dry off using a towel. Though your fridge may not appear dirty, mold could start growing in it after a few months. Another tip to prevent mold growth is to leave the lid open or unclipped when not in use and allow some airflow to go through it.

Cleaning The Vehicles Exterior: Now it's time to tackle the exterior of your vehicle. Everyone has their own process and products for tackling this task. What we encouraging is that it is done promptly and thoroughly to reduce any chance of rust developing anywhere on your vehicle, especially if you've been driving on any beaches and/or around salt water. Also, this a good time to spot any damaged areas around your vehicle whereas otherwise left dirty may be difficult to spot.

Tent and Awning Care: Even if your tent is clean and dry after a trip, it's crucial to open it up, let it dry, and ensure it gets aired out. Cheaper tents often require regular airing out every few weeks, even when not in use, as they can quickly develop condensation which can lead to mould. It's also a good idea to air out your top-of-the-line tent every couple of months. The temperature difference between night and day can cause condensation, and unfortunately, no tent is immune to this!


Inspecting Essential Gear: For broken parts or signs of wear and tear. You wouldn't want an important piece of equipment to fail during your next adventure. We recommend compiling a list of items requiring repair or replacement and categorising this list into two sections: essential and non-essential items. This method not only creates a handy reference, but will help you figure out where your money should be prioritised and is the best way to avoid any unwelcome surprises.

It’s good to practice keeping on top typical maintenance after returning from a trip. Thoroughly inspect all components of your vehicle that are designed to wear out. This includes checking the suspension bushes, sway bar links, uni-joints, brakes, tires, and all fluids etc. These components often require attention and it's always a good idea to get a full service at the same time!

Additionally and speaking of lists, maintaining additional checklist of essential items to pack for each road trip can contribute to a more enjoyable adventure. This will ensure you don't forget any vital gear or supplies.

Now that you've attended to your post roadie maintenance, don't forget to take a moment to reflect on your trip. Note down your favourite spots, memorable moments, and any lessons learned.

Remember, preparation and maintenance are key to ensuring every road trip is a success.

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